In a world where looks are everything, it’s no surprise that wrinkles and frown lines have become the bane of many people’s existence. To get rid of them, they turn to Botox treatments. It has been the go-to cosmetic procedure for over twenty years now and is used by millions around the world because it minimizes or eliminates their wrinkles and frown lines. In this article we will talk about how Botox works, when you can expect to see results from Botox treatments, what to do after your treatment with Botox in order to keep your skin looking youthful and wrinkle free for as long as possible. Finally, we will discuss how often you have to get Botox treatments done.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is a popular cosmetic procedure that eliminates or minimizes wrinkles and frown lines by paralyzing the muscles beneath your skin. When you inject the target muscle with Botox, it relaxes and no longer contracts, thus removing any wrinkles around that area of your face. The effects are also short lived because the body breaks down Botox just as it would break down any other protein in the bloodstream. It takes about three to four days for its effect on your skin to wear off completely. However, this does not mean you should rush up and get another shot of Botox every time it wears off; rather, you can extend the life of your current treatment by using a cooling device on the area where you received treatment. This will help the Botox that is still in your skin to last longer.
Are There any Side Effects from Botox?
As with most cosmetic procedures, getting Botox done has its own risks. It cannot be emphasized enough that the only person allowed to inject you with Botox needs to be a professional who is certified by either Allergan or Galderma, the two manufacturers of Botox. This alone should reduce your risks for adverse side effects.
However, don’t panic when you experience temporary side effects like pain at the injection site, redness in the injected area, muscle weakness around the injected area and headaches because they will go away on their own. Also keep in mind that it takes about three days for all of these symptoms to disappear after treatment so don’t panic when they arise. All of these side effects are temporary, don’t last long at all and are not life-threatening.
What Factors Determine How Long Botox Lasts for Me?
As far as how often you should get Botox treatment done goes it depends on the individual. If your wrinkles or frown lines were caused by some kind of muscle contractions then you need to get injections every three to four months in order to maintain your youthful appearance.
However, if your facial expressions have made those pesky lines appear then you will want to consider getting Botox treatments done every two months instead because the muscles that cause those expressions take longer for their function to be reduced after botulism toxin injections than any other muscles in the face and neck area do.
Botox is a great way to combat fine lines and wrinkles around your face by temporarily paralyzing the muscles beneath your skin so they can no longer contract and cause any further wrinkling of your face. It takes about three days for the effects of Botox treatments to wear off completely so you will need to schedule another treatment session before that time has elapsed.
After receiving Botox treatments, you should use sunscreen or stay out of direct sunlight because although tiny pinpricks have been made into your skin, it is still susceptible to sun damage. Additionally, you should not drink alcohol for at least twenty four hours after getting Botox injected because it can cause facial paralysis. Finally, you should also use Botox in conjunction with another anti-aging treatment in order to get the best results possible; these include laser treatments like Fraxel® and Ultherapy®.
How Long Does it Take for Botox to Take Effect?
The time it takes for a Botox treatment to take effect depends upon the individual’s body and how fast his/her metabolism works. After getting a shot on your forehead, the skin may look like it has a white spot for up to four days as your body breaks down the dermal filler. After this time, you will begin noticing that the lines on your forehead are less noticeable and that your face looks smoother.
It takes an average of three to ten days for the full effect of Botox treatments to appear on your face, although some people experience immediate results after getting Botox injections. Enjoy your newfound smooth skin but know that it will only last for about three to four months before you have to come back in for another round or two of shots. Don’t get carried away with high expectations because while you may see a decrease in sagging skin and wrinkles around your forehead, jawline and eyes, Botox is not a miracle drug.
You will want to consider getting Botox treatments done every three or four months if your wrinkles are caused by some kind of muscle contractions but every two months if it was just facial expressions that made them appear in the first place, in order to maintain control over their facial muscles and keep those pesky lines and wrinkles at bay
Remember that Botox can cause your muscles and facial tissue to become softer and less durable, making them more susceptible to wrinkles and sagging. If you already have fragile skin and don’t take care of it with proper skincare products, you might end up having excess skin fall after getting Botox treatments done every now and then.
The best thing that you could do is treat it as a preventative measure; make sure to keep your skin healthy by drinking lots of water, eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis and protecting your face from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays with sunscreen or protective clothing at all times. You should go in for Botox treatments roughly every two months so that you can prevent wrinkles and sagging skin, but if your muscles are already quite weak, you might want to either switch to a different method or simply stop getting Botox altogether.