Everything Your Need To Know About Botox!
Today our Nurse Injector Matt answers the most common questions about these cosmetic injections!…
Q: When Should I Start?
A: That’s a great question! Some people prefer to begin in their early to mid 20’s. Everyone ages differently and has different goals for their health and their appearance. Starting younger offers an advantage in that the longer you wait, static wrinkles (lines at rest without movement that form after years of facial muscle movement) become much more difficult to treat than wrinkles that are only present with movement when you’re younger (dynamic wrinkles). Remember, it is easier to prevent than treat! That’s goes for anything, wrinkles included!
Q: What Can Botox Treat?
A: Probably more than you think. You probably knew that botulinum toxin (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) is used to treat MANY areas of the face, including wrinkles on the forehead, crows feet, frown lines, wrinkles around the mouth and on the nose.. but did you know that it is also used to treat a variety of medical conditions such as temperomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and bruxism (excessive teeth grinding).. both of which can lead to jaw tension, pain and headaches? Neuromodulators are also used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) which affects approximately 1% of the population. Commonly treated areas include the underarms, soles of feet and palms of hands. Lastly, botulinum toxin is used to treat more complicated conditions such as cervical dystonia (repetitive neck spasms), overactive bladder, strabismus (crosses eyes) and blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) to name a few!
Q: What Are Some Of The Side Effects?
A: The most commonly reported side effects of Botox include localized pain, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising at the injection site. These are common with any procedure involving an injection with a needle. These symptoms are transient, meaning they do not last long. Other slightly more serious reactions are possible which relate to dosing and placement of the product into incorrect muscles and/or spreading of the product into adjacent muscles. These side effects can be minimized by going to a skilled and experienced injector.
Q: Is There Any Downtime?
A: The answer is – maybe, but likely not. For neurotoxin I use an ultra fine needle which does not cause a lot / any trauma to the skin or underlying tissue. Very rarely, a tiny bruise will may be visible for a few days afterwards, though this is usually avoidable with a thorough assessment beforehand. Make-up is usually fine over the area the next day. Botox is known as “the lunch break procedure” for a reason!
Q: How Long Does Botox Last?
A: This is a very common question and the answer really depends upon several factors. 1) Dosage – how much botulinum toxin was injected (the more units injected, the longer the result) 2) Location – muscle strength and size (strong and active muscles fight against the toxin much more than weaker muscles and therefore stronger muscles require more frequent treatment) 3) Usage Length – those who have used Botox for longer find that their effect generally lasts longer – this may be because the muscles get used to relaxing and/or patients begin to emote and make facial expressions without the use of the muscles treated) 4) Athleticism/Exercise – very active patients tend to metabolize botulinum toxin quicker (likely related to higher metabolism and blood flow and the body’s enhanced ability to recover from ‘injury’ – which is how it sees injections) 5) Injector Experience and Skill – perhaps the most important factor of all. Having an injector who is experienced and knowledgeable about safe storage, and proper dilution, and takes a tailored, individualized approach to your treatment to achieve natural, amazing results aligned with your goals and expectations.
Q: What Happens When I Stop?
A: This is an extremely common question I get asked. When you get Botox, Dysport or any other neuromodulator, you will have temporary relaxation and denervation of the muscle treated, meaning you will have less ability to move or contract that muscle. Once the treatment wears off, muscle movement will return to normal. In theory, prolonged relaxation of the muscle may cause some mild atrophy (shrinking) of the muscle, and over time, the muscle will have less ability to contract, even without product. This is desirable for most people! Talk to an experienced injector for more information.
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