What is Botox?
Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic treatment in 2002 in treating facial lines between the eyebrows. It was originally approved by FDA in 1989 for treating a condition called ‘Blepharospasm’ and other problems related to the eye muscle. This injectable muscle relaxer uses botulinum toxin type A, particularly Onabotulinum toxin type A, which disables muscle temporarily. Botox was also approved in 2013 for the treatment of crow’s feet, which causes wrinkles around the corner of the eyes.
How does Botox work?
In cosmetics, Botox cosmetic is a minimally invasive procedure which uses a thin needle to administer 3-5 doses of botulinum toxic type A on the targeted area. This popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure helps in temporarily blocking nerve signals and muscle contractions and typically takes about 10-15 minutes.
What to expect before treatment?
Before the treatment, your doctor will carefully evaluate your face and your facial movements to help give you the best treatment outcome. A health assessment will be conducted, and your medical history will be discussed during your consultation. Your doctor will also list out all possible side effects of the treatment, even though they are rare. Your health care professional will discuss a list of things to avoid including blood thinners such as aspirin, ibuprofen, etc., that may increase the risk of bruising, and antioxidants such as wine, fish oil, etc., that are known to slow the blood clotting process. Recommendations for your aftercare, to protect your skin after treatment, will be given out to you by your healthcare professional.
What to expect during the treatment?
Since Botox is a minimally invasive treatment that uses a micro-needle to inject botulinum toxin into your facial muscles, most people feel very little discomfort during the process. However, a topical numbing cream may be applied to ensure that you do not feel any pain at all, during the treatment. The treatment takes only about 15 minutes. Depending on your skin type, severity of your wrinkles and treatment area, the units of Botox that will need to be injected will vary. An ice pack is applied on the treated area, along with light pressure to avoid any swelling on the area. The treatment requires no downtime, and you can resume your daily normal activities immediately!
Once your session is done, you can carry out with your daily activities as usual. Your doctor will also discuss a treatment timeline, where you can come back for more Botox sessions, that will help you maintain the outcome as well as optimize your treatment results. A consistent Botox treatment schedule will help you maintain your youthful look and avoid the appearance of facial lines or wrinkles again. Remember to keep in mind the following post-care tips that will help the injected botulinum toxin to settle in your facial muscles properly without any interruption:
- Avoid strenuous physical activities for at least 24 hours after treatment
- Do not lay down for a few hours after treatment
- Do not massage or rub the treated area
- Do not expose yourself to direct sunlight or other heat sources to avoid inflammation for 24 hours
- Use a broad range SPF when you get outdoors
- Do not wash your face for at least 6 hours after treatment
- Avoid alcohol and blood thinners for 24 hours to avoid the risk of bleeding and bruising
How Long Does Cosmetic Botox Last?
The skin-smoothening effects of a botox treatment are visible within days after administration and they generally last for three to four months depending on the patient. We recommend that our patients visit our botox clinic for their botox treatment once every three months or as soon as they notice that the effects of the treatment have worn off.
Botox and Fillers - Deciding What Treatment is Right for You
Botox and Fillers are effective treatments for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles. The main difference is in the areas of your face each treatment targets. Botox injections are an excellent treatment for forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet and to achieve a brow lift. In comparison, fillers improve marionette lines, cheek and lip volume, and under-eye shadows.
To learn more about whether cosmetic botox or fillers are right for you, book a consultation at one of our aesthetic clinic locations.
1. At what age can I start Botox?
Botox is FDA-approved and available to anyone who is 18 years and older. Many experts believe that preventative Botox treatments can be done on age groups as early as mid-20s to early 30s as well, to prevent fine lines or wrinkles from forming.
2. Can I wear makeup after Botox?
Patients are always advised to have a clean and makeup-free skin for at least 24 hours after Botox procedure, because when applying makeup, one will have to touch or rub their face. This can cause the Botox that is sitting in the skin of the facial muscles to spread to nearby muscles, causing eyelids drooping or other side effects.
3. Is Botox painful?
Botox is a minimally invasive and painless procedure. The needles used to inject in these procedures are very small and will only give a little pinch-like sensation when injected. Even without a numbing agent, the pain is minimal.
4. Can I have Botox if I am pregnant?
Since there has not been much research or study conducted on Botox and the impact of toxins on babies, this procedure is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
5. How long does Botox last?
In general, Botox lasts around three to four months. You will need follow-up sessions to maintain the results. There will certainly be cases where it may last longer or shorter than the average duration i.e., 3-4 months.
What areas does Botox treat?
- Forehead Wrinkles
- Crow’s Feet
- Smoker’s Lines
- Bunny Lines
- Frown Lines
- Gummy Lines (Masseters)
- Lip Flip
- Neck Bands
- Drooping Eyebrows
- Marionette Lines And Mouth Corners
How long does it take to work?
The results can start showing up from 3 to 5 days after the treatment, and it can take up to 14 days for the full results to become evident.
What are the side effects of Botox?
There will be minor discomfort or bruising after the treatment but should improve within a week. Other side effects include headache, neck pain, tiredness, rash, itching, inflammation of the eyelids and dry eyes.
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