There’s an old quote from George Bernard Shaw: “Youth is wasted on the young.” He’s right. So many of us wanted to look older and more mature when we were kids, but as soon as wrinkles start to appear, we dream of having that teenaged skin again.
Thanks to modern medicine, you can get younger skin without a time machine. In fact, one of the most popular options is a quick and simple procedure: Botox injections.
If you’re thinking about getting Botox injections for the first time, here are the answers to all your burning questions.
How Does Botox Work?
With any medical treatment, including cosmetic ones, it’s important to have an idea of what the treatment does.
With Botox, the goal is to target certain muscles in the face. Throughout the years, you make the same facial expressions over and over again by contracting your facial muscles. Over time, the muscles stay partially contracted.
When those muscles contract, they pinch the skin above them to form wrinkles. It’s the reason you can look in the mirror and watch your face wrinkle when you make certain expressions.
As you can imagine, when muscles get stuck partially contracted, those wrinkles don’t go away.
Botox forces the targeted muscles to relax and smooth out. It blocks the nerve signals that are telling the muscles to contract. When this happens and the muscles get smooth, so does the skin above them.
Will Botox Really Freeze My Face?
This is one of the most common questions we hear because it’s a frequent concern. If Botox stops certain facials from contracting, does that mean your face is “frozen” so you can’t express emotions?
No, it doesn’t. If you get Botox from a knowledgeable injector, you’ll still have plenty of motion in your face. You may not be able to furrow your brow as deeply as you used to, but most patients consider that to be a benefit.
Keep in mind that your injector makes all the difference. If you get Botox from someone who is unqualified, they could inject too much Botox and give you the “face-freezing” effect. There are other complications that can come from using an unskilled injector too, so be careful to get your injections from an experienced medical professional.
What’s the Difference Between Botox and Fillers?
It’s common for patients to mix up Botox and facial fillers. Both of these are cosmetic injections that help you look younger, but that is where the similarities end.
As we mentioned, Botox reduces expression lines by targeting the muscles beneath them. Fillers, on the other hand, treat wrinkles that come from another form of aging: thinning skin.
As you get older, your skin has less and less of a natural protein called collagen. Collagen is responsible for keeping skin firm, smooth, and thick. When it depletes, your skin is thinner and more flexible, which leads to wrinkles like smile lines.
Fillers are lab-created gel-like materials that replace the skin volume you’ve lost to aging. In doing this, they “fill in” those wrinkles.
How Long Does Botox Last?
While Botox rests in your muscles, it blocks nerve signals and keeps your muscles smooth. Little by little, though, your body metabolizes the Botox and cleans it out of your system. As that happens, your results will fade.
Each patient’s body is unique, but in most cases, Botox lasts between three and four months. When that time is up, you’ll need another session of Botox injections to get back to the results you loved.
Interestingly, there is some evidence that Botox lasts longer if you keep up with getting treatments on a regular basis.
Can I Fit Botox Injections Into My Schedule?
We know you lead a busy life already, and one of the most difficult tasks is to make time for things you want. Fortunately, Botox makes that easy.
Botox injection procedures are quick and easy. In fact, the entire process usually lasts 10-15 minutes and sometimes less.
In addition, there is no downtime with Botox. You can get right back to work or your other daily activities after your treatment. Many of our patients can fit their Botox injections into their lunch break with ease.
If you’re getting treatments every three months, that means that by taking one hour every year, you can look refreshed and youthful all year long.
Does Getting Botox Hurt?
This is a natural question for any medical treatment, especially one that involves needles.
We start each Botox treatment by numbing the surface of your treatment area. While most patients report some discomfort during the injections, it’s very bearable. It helps that the procedure is so quick as well.
Am I Too Young or Too Old for Botox?
Botox is one of the most versatile cosmetic treatments in our toolbox. It can help people of almost any age.
Everyone ages at their own pace, but as long as you’re between the ages of 18 and 75, you could be a candidate for Botox. In fact, many people in their 20s are getting preventative Botox. By relaxing specific muscles with Botox, they can keep expression lines to a minimum in the first place instead of going back to do damage control.
Botox will also help expression lines ranging from mild to severe. If you have a lot of aging, we may recommend another treatment to accompany Botox to give you more comprehensive results too.
I’m Ready to Go! What’s My Next Step?
There is a reason why Botox is a household name: because it’s an effective and versatile way to address an issue that everyone has at some point. If you’re ready to see what getting Botox can do for you, the next step is to schedule a consultation with our medical spa staff.
At this appointment, we’ll be able to determine if Botox is the right choice for you. We can answer any other direct questions you have and get you on the road to looking younger