Everyone from Hollywood movie stars to the average person around town is talking about getting Botox to enhance their appearance. They want to get rid of the fine lines associated with aging and start to embrace a more youthful appearance. Most people already know a few people who have had this treatment performed, and it seemed easy enough. They went in for a half hour in the middle of the afternoon and returned later with smooth skin. Could it really be that simple though?
Before you have Botox injections, there are a few things you should know and expect. This guide will give you a great starting point to decide if these injections are going to be right for you.
Botox is actually a neurotoxin
Did you think that Botox was a chemical that was made specifically for reducing the appearance of wrinkles? These injections are actually made with a very diluted form of the Botulinum toxin. This ingredient is found to drastically relax the muscles by blocking the local nerve impulses in specific muscles within the face. In fact, it relaxes them so much that you may not be able to make some of your favorite facial expressions as well. On the flip side, that also means that you won’t be able to develop wrinkles from creasing your face into those positions.
It makes a great preventative treatment
Many people don’t realize that it is best to start the Botox injections earlier rather than later. Once you start to see the first lines appear on your face, it’s a good idea to go ahead and start trying to reverse those through Botox injections. It is much easier to reduce the appearance of fine lines and prevent more from popping up when you choose to get preventative injections done early on.
Take it easy for a little while after treatment
You won’t want to jump straight back into your normal routine after you receive your injections. Moving around too much, lying down, and even showering can interfere with the placement of your shots and spread the Botox to undesirable muscles. Plan to take the afternoon off to stay upright and perform simple tasks around the office or at home. Several hours should be enough time for you to rest before resuming normal activities again.
Not all Botox is created equal
Remember that not all injections are going to be created equal. If the price of an injection sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Some dermatologists will try to pass off heavily diluted Botox shots that won’t last the usual three to four months. Discounts may not be in your best interest, so be sure to do your research. Make sure that you aren’t getting injections that are mixed with other ingredients such as silicone.
Before you get a Botox treatment, you should really know what to expect and how to find the best quality treatment. With these four things in mind, you can make sure to get a stellar job from Dr. Newman that will help you prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles!