BOTOX® has been around for a few decades, but there are still so many misconceptions surrounding it. It does always receive the credit it deserves. BOTOX has helped millions of people with their skincare and other medical conditions. Legacy Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Exton, PA is here to tell you all about the benefits of BOTOX despite the many negative opinions.
First Of All, What Is BOTOX?
Before we jump into the misconceptions, it is important to understand what BOTOX is and how it works.
BOTOX was invented in 1987 by two doctors who discovered the cosmetic properties of a certain toxin, known as botulinum toxin. It was FDA-approved in 1989 and has been used ever since by millions of people around the world.
BOTOX targets the muscles responsible for frown lines and facial lines caused by facial expressions like smiling, frowning, squinting, and raising eyebrows. These lines occur as you age. BOTOX will temporarily reduce the muscle activity that leads to frown and forehead lines. BOTOX is a toxin that will block the chemical signals that cause the muscles to contract and, therefore, relax the muscles that cause wrinkles and facial lines.
It is also helpful to note that BOTOX has been studied and researched for many years and approved for use in 95 countries. The safety and efficiency of BOTOX continue to improve as more research is conducted.
Frequently Asked Questions About BOTOX
Not everyone is comfortable using BOTOX as a skincare treatment due to several misconceptions. Here are a few frequently asked questions, along with trustworthy answers to inform you of the proper use of BOTOX.
Will My Face Look Unnatural?
BOTOX treatments are technique-sensitive, meaning the success depends on the technique, not the toxin itself. BOTOX is meant to achieve subtle results, provided it is administered by a licensed and skilled medical expert in facial anatomy. As a matter of fact, patients can expect minimal changes in their appearance, aside from fewer frown lines and wrinkles. Bottom line, find a trusted and well-reviewed practice to administer your BOTOX injections.
Do I Need to Be Over 40 To Receive BOTOX Treatments?
Not at all! In fact, surgeons have seen that more patients in their early 30s are opting for injectable treatments. Patients can start BOTOX treatments as soon as they feel the need to reduce frown lines and wrinkles.
There are also preventative BOTOX treatments that can be started long before wrinkles and frown lines show on your face. Receiving BOTOX injections while you still have a healthy amount of collagen and elastin can help to ease the effects of facial expressions, known as dynamic wrinkles. Patients can start using BOTOX in their mid-twenties to prevent dynamic wrinkles.
Will I See Results Instantly?
It may take 2-14 days to see the full effects of your BOTOX treatment. However, the results can last between 4-6 months. It is important to note that BOTOX treatments are temporary and need to be repeated when wrinkles and frown lines begin to show again.
Can Anyone Use BOTOX?
While there are few restrictions on who can receive BOTOX, there are still restrictions for certain patients. BOTOX treatments are not advised for:
- Pregnant or breastfeeding women
- People with chronic diseases that affect their muscles
- Children under 18 years
- People with an infection on the desired injection site
Speak to your doctor before starting the procedure. Be sure to make mention of any pre-existing medical conditions, such as muscle conditions and breathing difficulties, or medication you are taking.
Is Anesthesia Required?
The BOTOX injection is relatively painless since the needle is rather small. Patients will not require anesthesia for the procedure and will be able to drive afterward.
Will I Still Have Facial Expressions?
While the BOTOX treatment relaxes muscle contractions, it does not hinder or prevent facial expressions. If administered successfully by a healthcare expert, you will still be able to smile, frown, laugh, etc.
Can I Fly After My BOTOX Treatment?
Patients can fly immediately after the treatment. Change in cabin pressure and altitude does not affect the results.
Is There Any Downtime Needed?
There is no downtime after the procedure. However, patients should refrain from rubbing or laying on the injected area for 4 hours after the treatment. Avoid wearing makeup for an hour after the treatment to prevent applying pressure to the injected area.
Does BOTOX Build-Up in My System?
No, BOTOX does not accumulate or build up in your face. You can continue to have BOTOX treatments as soon as the effects wear off and wrinkles become visible again.
Don’t Be Shy to Ask for Advice
If your BOTOX treatment has left you feeling uncomfortable in any way, you must contact your doctor immediately. While the side effects are not severe, they may still leave you feeling unsure. Do not hesitate to seek medical advice if something seems out of place to you. It is best to be safe.
BOTOX Treatments You Can Trust
We understand that it is difficult to find a practice that you can trust when it comes to BOTOX injections. After all, many physicians aren’t skilled at using these treatments properly and often leave their patients unsatisfied. Legacy Plastic Surgery & Aesthetics in Exton, PA won’t leave you disappointed. We are experienced with BOTOX treatments and the after-care. You can be sure that we will answer all your questions and concerns so you can be 100% comfortable with the procedure. We have been around for many decades, so we have the years of experience to give you the service you deserve. If you would like more information on BOTOX treatments, contact us!