What Should I Know About Botox®?
We all know someone who’s had Botox® and come back looking like they can’t move their face. At a glance, Botox® seems like an incredible and immediate solution to fine lines and wrinkles, and with over six million Botox® injections administered each year, it’s also one of the most popular cosmetic treatments out there. However, despite being tried and tested for over 20 years, there remains a ton of myths and misinformation about Botox®, including the procedure and the risks. Let’s try and put the rumors to rest and answer all your burning question about Botox®.
What is Botox®?
While it may sound bad, Botox® comes from a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. Botox® was originally used for medical concerns and was found to decrease wrinkles and reduce excessive sweating.
How do Botox® injections work?
Botox® does not affect the nerve or the muscle just how they communicate with each other. Botox® when injected attaches to the muscle blocking the receptor. So, the nerve is releasing neurotransmitter but the muscle does not move. That effect lasts for 3-4 months then the muscle will produce new receptors, that will cause the muscle to move.
Where can I have Botox® injected?
Botox® is FDA approved for frown lines, forehead and crows’ feet. However, Botox® can be used for other areas including soften neck lines, chin lines, to flip the lip up, to decrease lines around the mouth, jaw, and lift up the corners of the mouth.
How long does Botox® last?
Botox® usually lasts 3-4 months. The results of Botox® depend on the body’s ability to metabolize the neurotoxin and is different for each individual.
Can I still make expressions with Botox®?
Yes! When injected by an experienced professional, you can still make expressions and not be frozen. While Botox® does cause paralysis of muscles, you should still be able to smile and raise your brows.
What are the side effects of Botox®?
Immediately after injection, you may have some redness and a small amount of swelling. This should last 10-15 minutes after injection.
What can I do after Botox® injections?
You can touch your face to reapply any make up. You can also return to work. However, we do not recommend lying down immediately or working out.