Suffice it to say that, even though Botox injections are among the most common procedures that many cosmetic dermatologists regularly do, it's still normal to experience anxiety as to what both the procedure and the results will look like ahead of your first appointment.
However, to help ease any fears, we had an expert at McGuiness Dermatology explain what to expect when you get Botox!
What exactly *is* it?
Botox, or is an injectable found at the dermatologist's office that taps a neurotoxic protein called bacterium clostridium botulinum. It has become so synonymous with tight, youthful skin. However, it is increasingly making itself useful for more than just cosmetics. Botox is more and more present in medical settings for jaw pain, migraines, and stopping over-saturated armpits.
How does it work?
It works by preventing dynamic wrinkles by temporarily weakening the underlying muscle. Botox is often used on the frown lines, between the eyebrows, crow's feet, and forehead lines, but it can be used around the back of the neck for migraines, around the jaw for TMJ, and other places.
Is it safe?
Definitely, it's FDA-approved, even! Botox shouldn't be used on those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Make sure that you get the best results possible, it's essential to go to an experienced and properly trained professional; it's a medical procedure, after all.
Does it hurt?
Let's be real, you're getting injections in your face, so it won't be entirely painless. However, for comparison, the injection needles are a fraction of the size that your typical blood-drawing needles are.
How long does it take to work?
Initially, after Botox injection, you may notice small bumps or dots of blood, but rest assured, these go away in around thirty minutes. You won't see the fullness and actual effect of the botox for three to five days after your procedure.
Is it permanent?
We wish. The body metabolizes Botox over time, so a treatment only lasts around three months on average. Of course, this depends on the individual, how many units are injected, and interestingly enough, how strenuous your exercise is.
What happens after a Botox treatment?
There's no downtime after Botox, but you may be advised to avoid excessive sweating or exercise for at least 24 hours after your treatment. It's also crucial to avoid touching your face where you had the injections so that the Botox can adequately settle. You may notice some bruising but that should fade quickly so long as you follow the rules.
But spoiler alert, you'll look more awake and more youthful than ever!