We luckily live in a time where the signs of aging can be reversed without having to go under the knife. There are a whole host of non-surgical procedures available today which promise you a youthful and radiant appearance without surgery.
Botox is short for “botulinum toxin”, and is one of the most common anti-aging treatments due to its effectiveness to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is injected with a microneedle, usually into the forehead and the outer eye area.
You might be considering having a botox treatment but know very little to nothing about this substance and its effects. This article will highlight some of the main things you need to know before having a treatment.
The Advantages of Using Botox
Unlike cosmetic companies that claim to have created a revolutionary new cream that turns back the hands of time, Botox has proven itself effective in removing wrinkles.
Botox temporarily blocks nerve signals to the muscles in the face, which means they can no longer contract. It is the repetitive movement of these muscles that leads to expression lines forming, particularly around the forehead and eyes. Dysport, which is also derived from the botulinum toxin, is often used on larger surface areas such as the forehead as it dilutes and spreads more quickly than botox. Read here for more information on the differences between Dysport and Botox.
The effects of botox can also last for months so it is certainly more than just a gimmick.
Botox injections, unlike cosmetic surgery, are a relatively pain-free procedure and do not result in any unpleasant side effects such as bruising or swelling. There is also no need to recuperate after a treatment.
As the effects are temporary in nature, you can also decide whether to continue with your treatments or not. If you are unhappy with your results, they will eventually wear off and your skin will return to its pre-Botox state.
A Botox treatment is far quicker and simpler to undergo as compared to other more invasive treatments.
Also called the “lunchtime procedure”, a skilled practitioner can quickly, and conveniently perform your Botox injections. Simply schedule an appointment during your lunch hour and have a treatment performed within 20 minutes or so.
The Disadvantages of using Botox
Some maintenance is usually required with most cosmetic procedures, surgical or not. Botox begins to wear off after a few months and for some people having to top up their treatments this frequently could be too much.
Botox procedures typically cost between $250 to $1,500, depending on the amount required. This can be expensive when you add up the cost of treatments in the course of a year.
Since Botox paralyzes the muscles, if incorrectly injected, it can cause limited facial movement and expression. It is recommended that you research before booking a treatment, making sure the practitioner is certified and reputable.
Now that you know more about this treatment you can make an informed decision before getting botox for the first time.