What is Botox and Why Do You Need It?
Botox is a cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, a toxin that is used to “freeze” muscles. Botox works by paralyzing or weakening certain muscles or blocking nerve signals at the injection site so the muscles can’t contract. These contractions are responsible for worsening the appearance of wrinkles. Botox smooths out existing wrinkles and fine lines to give the face a smoother, more even, and younger appearance. The effects of Botox usually last anywhere from three to twelve months, depending on the type of treatment.
What Can Botox Be Used For?
Primarily, Botox is used as an easy and effective way to smooth out existing facial wrinkles. People usually request the injections in the following areas:
- Wrinkles between the eyebrows are often called frown lines or elevens
- Wrinkles around the eyes, known as crow’s feet
- Horizontal creases in the forehead
- Lines at the corners of the mouth
Botox can also be used to treat a variety of different medical conditions, including:
- Severe underarm sweating
- Chronic migraines
- Overactive bladder
- Crossed eyes, or strabismus
- Upper limb spasticity
- Cervical Dystonia
- Facial redness and flushing
Botox is a cosmetic form of botulinum toxin, a toxin that is used to “freeze” muscles. Botox works by paralyzing or weakening specific muscles or blocking nerve signals at the injection site so the muscles can’t contract. These contractions are responsible for worsening the appearance of wrinkles. Botox smooths out existing wrinkles and fine lines to give the face a smoother, more even, and younger appearance. The effects of Botox usually last anywhere from three to twelve months, depending on the type of treatment.
Botox Options Available
At Meg & Co.
We have many options available for Botox at Meg & Co.! Our technicians will work with you to create a plan to fit your injection needs. Contact us for a consultation to see what will work best for you!
Botox isn’t only for those of us who already have a lot of wrinkles. Preventative or “baby” botox has been a growing trend in beauty and wellness for helping young people keep looking great longer. In fact, regular use of these injectables can prevent or reduce the formation of some types of wrinkles as your skin gets older and loses elasticity. This can make a huge difference to what others think about your age and keep you happier with what you see in the mirror.
Both Botox and Dysport are safe when used as directed by a trained professional. With more than 20 years of real-world testing, both of these once rarely-used treatments have become common and accepted and resulted in almost no medical issues. More than 80 percent of those who are treated with Botox are completely satisfied with their treatment.
While there are possible side effects, as with almost any medical treatment, they are rare with appropriate use and typically very mild. The most common side effects are pain, bruising, and swelling at the injection site. If you have complicating conditions like diabetes, you are more likely to experience these side effects. You should also not receive Botox or Dysport treatments when you’re pregnant or actively breastfeeding.
We recommend that you stay upright for at least 2 hours and avoid exercise for 48 hours after injection to maximize the longevity of the treatment. The less blood flows to your face, the more concentrated your treatment will remain. With that in mind, it is helpful to go through a wide range of expressions in the first hour or two after treatment to make sure your injected medication is spread evenly through the facial muscles we’re trying to impact.
Is Botox painful?
Botox may be slightly uncomfortable, but not certainly not unbearable. Many patients report that receiving a botox injection feels like a pinch. If you are worried about pain, your technician may use a topical numbing treatment before administering Botox.
Will my face look overdone or unnatural?
Botox is a technique-sensitive treatment. Botox will provide a subtle and natural result when delivered by a licensed, trained medical expert at Meg & Co. You’ll look like yourself, only with fewer lines.
How long will my Botox last?
You may begin noticing results within 24-28 hours, with full results in 30 days. The effects of Botox usually last 3-12 months, depending on the treatment.
How long is the recovery time after treatment?
Botox treatment requires minimal downtime. You may return to your daily routine immediately after you leave your technician’s office.
Is Botox only for women?
Absolutely not! The number of men choosing treatments like Botox has risen quickly within recent years, as many men choose injections as part of their cosmetic upkeep routine.
Is there a difference between Botox and Dysport?
Yes! Though they are derived from the same active ingredient, Dysport is a smaller molecule than Botox, yet double the amount is being injected per unit, making it a 1:1 ratio to Botox. While Dysport is more affordable and delivers the same results, it all comes down to personal preference.
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