Are you new to the world of Botox? Are you considering booking your first treatment but would like to learn a bit more information first so you can feel confident in your decision? Despite the fact that it has been used in medical capacities since the 1950s, not everyone is completely familiar with what a Botox treatment entails and the results it can offer. Let’s take a deep dive into what you can expect from a Botox treatment.
Why Get Botox?
The first thing to look into is the reasons for Botox treatment. You want to be sure that your issues or concerns are something Botox can address. What’s great about Botox is that it can address so many issues, both medically and cosmetically.
Some of the most common reasons Botox treatment is used include:
- Migraine relief
- Neck spasms
- Overactive bladder
- Lazy eye
- Reduce lines and wrinkles
- Skin smoothing and plumping
- Minimizing large pores
- Softening deep creases and lines
- Helping with facial symmetry
How Safe Is Botox?
It’s normal to feel concerned about a treatment you’ve never received before, but you can rest assured that Botox has been used for many decades now and is FDA-approved. This should bring about peace of mind. It’s important to note that while Botox is considered safe for use, it shouldn’t be done on a person who is pregnant or who is breastfeeding.
In terms of the “risks”, the most common is swelling or bruising in the area where the injection was done. This is temporary and will clear up within a few days. Another way to mitigate risks is by only having Botox done by a trained, qualified and experienced professional in a clean and hygienic setting.
What Happens in the Appointment?
Often people hold back on getting a Botox injection out of fear because they don’t know what to expect in the treatment itself. The entire process is very simple and fast, with very little, if any, pain. You can have a numbing agent applied to your skin before the injection, and then the injection itself is very fast.
Depending on the issues you are addressing, you may need several shots of Botox. This is something you’ll discuss before the treatment begins.
Aftercare is simple — just leave the area alone for 24 hours, being careful not to rub or massage it. It is usually recommended you don’t lie down for two to four hours after the treatment either. Other than that, there is no downtime to deal with.
How Long Before You See Results?
In terms of the results, they tend to take one to three days to fully show. The only downfall is that the results aren’t permanent, and the effects usually wear off within about three to four months. At that time, you’ll need a follow-up treatment.
If you’re concerned about the signs of aging on your face, or you have one of the health issues listed above, then it could be well worth looking into what Botox could do for you. Because the results aren’t permanent and it’s a non-invasive treatment, it’s a very approachable option.