Let’s talk about Botox®. Despite its many benefits, Botox® still causes concern. Skin Theory is the best provider of Botox® near you, and we’d like to educate you on benefits and risks, so you can make an informed decision.
BOTOX® is an FDA approved neurotoxin used to help relax and soften frown lines.
Neurotoxin medications block the release of chemicals that cause muscle contractions so frown lines soften and wrinkles and other signs of aging on your face can be treated safely and effectively without going under the knife.
What is BOTOX®?
Myths About Botox® Debunked
If you’ve been seeing unwanted lines around the face but are reluctant to try the treatment because of the many horror stories you’ve heard about it, read on as we debunk myths about Botox®. Don’t rule it out until you fully understand the pros and cons..
Myth #1 - Botox® is Unsafe
Despite being used extensively for medical and cosmetic conditions, many people still think that Botox® is not safe to use. This is simply not true.
In fact, Botox® has a long safety history.
Research on the Botox® has been done for over 100 years. Thousands of research papers have been done on this. There are numerous citations related to its therapeutic and cosmetic uses.
It was in the late 1980’s that FDA approved the usage of Botox® for medical conditions including:
Strabismus or lazy eye)
Blepharospasm or uncontrolled blinking
Cervical dystonia - a debilitating condition where neck muscles contract involuntarily causes the head to twist into an uncomfortable position
Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating even when temperature isn’t hot or even when one is not exerting oneself
Bladder dysfunction or incontinence
In 2002, the FDA approved Botox® for cosmetic treatments that relax the muscles of the face that cause the skin to look loose or wrinkled. The most common areas where the treatment is used are:
Around the eyes to address crow’s feet
Between the eyes to address glabellar lines, also called “elevens” because of the characteristic double lines that form when you frown
Forehead to address the horizontal creases
Corners of the mouth
Skin under the chin
Given FDA’s stringent standards, it is safe to say that Botox® is safe. Otherwise, it would not have been approved for therapeutic and cosmetic use.
BOTOX® - How Does It Work
Myth #2 - Botox® Can Give You Botulism
Botox® (actually a brand name) is a purified protein derived from a toxin produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Yes, it is the same toxin that causes muscle paralysis called botulism. This is a condition associated with a certain type of food poisoning.
While the toxin that causes botulism is also the same neurotoxin used in Botox®, the difference is that the latter is used in its purified and diluted form, also known as BTX-A or botulinum toxin type A. Instead of causing deadly paralysis, Botox® causes controlled muscle relaxation.
When injected into the targeted area, Botox® works on calming nerve impulses in the muscles causing reduced activity. This in turn, causes fine lines, frown lines and wrinkles to become less visible.
There are very rare cases of the Botox toxin causing side effects that require medical attention. That is why it is important to have your treatments done by an experienced and reputable company.
At Skin Theory, we guarantee your utmost safety. Our technicians are trained and certified to ensure that you are in safe hands when you get your Botox® treatments.
Myth #3 - Botox® Will Give You a Frozen Face
You’ve heard too many of those horror stories of people having Botox® injections and coming out expressionless. These are simply examples of people not doing proper research to find an experienced and qualified technician.
A Botox® treatment is meant to relax muscles that enhances the way you look (not change it). You should make you look well-rested and fresh.
When done right, Botox® should not affect muscles involved in overall facial expressions. It should only affect wrinkle-producing facial muscles at the injections sites. Typically, these are around deep lines and wrinkles (crow’s feet, glabella lines or smile lines).
The treatment also targets specific muscles that can reduce negative expressions such as scowling or frowning.
The good thing about a treatment gone wrong is that it can be remedied. For instance, if a treatment results in “peaking” of the brows, this can be treated with a small dose of Botox® to the muscle that is pulling the upward pull on the brows. A follow-up appointment with your technician two weeks after the treatment is important to assess the results.
Myth #4 - Botox® Gets Rid of ALL Facial Lines and Wrinkles
Before getting a treatment, it is important to understand that there are 2 kinds of wrinkles:
Dynamic Wrinkles - these develop from movement like frowning or squinting, even smiling.
Static Wrinkles - these develop over time due to aging and sun exposure
Botox® injections are meant to address dynamic wrinkles by relaxing the muscles. They work to keep you from contracting facial muscles in ways that deepen lines and wrinkles.
It is also important to remember that Botox® is not like an iron that will completely erase lines or wrinkles. It will only work to soften them. In fact, it is meant to be more preventive than restorative.
While you may think that the time to get treatments is when you’re in your 40’s, experts recommend getting them earlier to benefit from their preventive effects. In other words - zap them before they even start to develop.
About Botox® - What To Expect When You Get Treatments
Now that we’ve debunked the common myths about Botox®, here’s what to expect when you get a treatment.
Is there Pain? People are often concerned about needles and the amount of pain you may experience during the treatment. Botox® injections are non-invasive and generally pain may be uncomfortable but bearable. You can expect to feel a slight sting in the area where the injection is administered. Some describe it to be a more intense “mosquito bite”. Most people do not require it but a topical anesthesia may be applied for those who are particularly sensitive to pain.
Any Precautions? The procedure can last as little as 10 minutes. There is no downtime but there are several precautions that you need to take after the treatment:
Avoid lying down within the next 6 hours after treatment
Avoid exercising till the next day after treatment
Do not take Ibuprofen or any blood thinning medications
Avoid bending the head forward for the next 2 hours after treatment
Are There Side Effects? Some people experience bruising or some mild soreness around the affected area. Do not be alarmed when numbness set in. These side effects often disappear within a few hours after the treatment.
As Botox® acts on the nerve impulses of the muscles, you will have less to no movement in the affected muscles. For instance, you may not be able to frown. All other facial expressions will still be there, not to worry.
Though rare, some people may also experience these side effects:
Eyelid drooping which is temporary
Paralysis in nearby muscles
How Long Before You See the Results? Wait for 24 to 72 hours to experience the full effect of the treatment. Fine lines and wrinkles will soften and fade away within 3 to 5 days after injections.
How Long Do Effects Last? Effects may last from three to twelve months, depending on the treatment. For treatments that are short lived, we recommend having it done two to three times a year. The good news is that after several treatments, effects become long lasting. In fact people who get regular Botox® injections experienced decreased muscle activity. As a result, they may need less amounts of the substance injected or may need less frequent touch ups.
Wish to Know More About Botox® - Call Skin Theory Aesthetics
If you’re planning to get Botox® treatments but wish to know more about it, call Skin Theory Aesthetics. Our certified and experienced specialists can walk you through the process and answer all the questions you may have.
And when you are ready, we will ensure you will have the best experience by giving you a treatment designed specifically for your needs.
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