What Is Botox?

You have probably heard of Botox before. It is one of the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatments in the United States. As a safe procedure with minimal side effects, Botox offers a fast and easy option to soften facial lines and keep you looking your best.

Keep reading for more helpful information about Botox to see if it’s a good fit for your cosmetic or medical needs.

What Is It Like to Get Botox?

Botox is administered over a series of injections directly into the skin of your face around where the lines are located. Your provider may place ice packs on your face before and after the injections to help numb the area, but don’t worry; the treatment is not known to be very painful.

Your medical professional will inject the medicine with a thin needle. At first, you may notice tiny bumps on your face as a result of the pricking. After about a week, you will appear more refreshed and relaxed as the Botox treatment settles in.

When Should I Start Getting Botox?

Some individuals begin preventative Botox injections in their twenties before fine lines appear. Others wait until later in life. After firm lines are set deeply into the skin, softening them may require other treatments in addition to Botox, which is why some people focus on preventing these lines in the first place.

How Does Botox Work?

The word “Botox” stands for botulinum toxin, a purified protein that helps relax and decrease the movement of muscles. It improves the appearance of dynamic and static wrinkles for three to four months. Dynamic wrinkles are the ones that occur due to your facial expressions, whereas static wrinkles are present without any facial expressions.

Botox is injected into different areas of the face to work under the surface of the skin to weaken or paralyze tiny facial muscles. By targeting and preventing muscle movement, Botox stops lines and wrinkles from forming.

What Else Does Botox Help With?

Botox injections are popular for their cosmetic benefits and helping people look younger, but they may also be used to treat a variety of medical problems including chronic migraines, excessive sweating, and eye twitching. It’s typically because of an imbalance in muscular activity or involuntary muscle contractions that Botox is used to treat medical conditions. These problematic muscles are relaxed with Botox, allowing it to assist in managing the problem.

What Areas of the Face Can Botox Help?

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Botox is designed to help plump the face and minimize the appearance of fine lines. The most common types of wrinkles that are treated with Botox include:

  • The “11” wrinkle lines on the glabella or the patch of forehead skin between the eyes and above your nose
  • Horizontal forehead lines in the frontalis muscle
  • Periorbital lines or crow’s feet, which are the wrinkles that stem from the outer corners of the eyes when you smile
  • Bunny lines, which form on the bridge of the nose when you scrunch it
  • Lipstick lines or those vertical wrinkles above and around the lips
  • The lines that appear on the neck as you get older

There are other wrinkles, such as deep chin dimpling, that can benefit from Botox injections. Overall, though, these lines may be better served with filler or other more potent aesthetic treatments.

Are There Any Side Effects From Botox?

The side effects of Botox are typically minimal. There may be some bruising or you may experience a headache. It’s a good idea to avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before the Botox injection, because this helps prevent bruising.

After your procedure, you may feel some mild pain around the injection site. In a very small number of cases, you may experience a droopy eyelid or a slightly crooked smile. With a trained professional performing your injection, this is an outcome you are likely to avoid, but even if it does happen, these effects will typically fade within three weeks or less

When Will I See My Results From Botox?

what is botoxOne of the benefits people enjoy about Botox is that treatment requires minimal downtime. You can return to your daily routine immediately after you leave your specialist’s office, although you will want to follow your provider’s instructions on restrictions following the procedure.

For example, you should avoid excessive exercise that causes sweating for about 24 hours after your injection. You can continue your regular skin care treatments during that time, but try not to rub the injection sites because it could spread the Botox to a different area of the skin. Avoid excessive sun for a few days as well.

The results of a Botox procedure are subtle, so even when the full results are in, you will still look like yourself (only with less noticeable facial lines). You may begin to see a change within 24 to 48 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, although for some patients it can take three to seven days to see the muscles slow their movement. In about a week or two the full effects of Botox will kick in.

How Long Does Botox Last?

Botox is a temporary treatment by design, and it typically lasts about three to four months. The muscles will slowly begin to contract again, so you’ll gradually notice the lines returning. However, this isn’t a reason to worry. You can have Botox injections a couple of times a year with no negative effects on your health.

Where Can I Go For My Next Botox Procedure?

If you are interested in Botox injections, at Coastal Med Spa we offer the qualified, professional care you need to get started. Our aesthetics team is trained in many anti-aging procedures and is eager to help you look your best.

Still have questions? Feel free to contact us and together we can explore your options for aesthetic care.