Continuous innovations are always on the rise for the advancement of the beauty industry. Thousands of treatments are available for different cosmetic needs such as face-shaping, body-contouring, implants, fillers, injections, and more. One of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments around the world is Botox, with more than 6 million treatments administered each year.
Medically, Botox is used to treat migraines, muscular disorders, some bowel disorders, and excessive sweating. Cosmetically, Botox treatment is for reducing wrinkles and fine lines by paralyzing the underlying muscles in the targeted area. Some of the most commonly treated areas are the forehead, around-the-eye area, and between the eyebrows.
As with some cosmetics treatments, Botox could be scary for some, especially for those getting it for the first time. Here are five common questions about Botox and their truthful answers.
- Does my age matter?
No. The decision to undergo a Botox treatment is entirely up to you. There’s really no recommended age because every person’s muscles present differently. You may have fine lines at a younger age compared to others, so getting a treatment relies upon whether you see visible lines and if you want to minimize them right away.
Doctors agree that getting Botox at a younger age could be a good preventative measure at keeping future wrinkles and lines at bay. According to New York dermatologist Dr. Paul Frank, “If you’re starting to see traces of lines in your mid-to-late twenties or early thirties, it’s best to be proactive about it.”
- What are the Dos and Don’ts before and after a Botox treatment?
At least a week before, it’s best not to take blood thinners or fish oil. This increases the chance of bruising. Also, do not consume alcohol 24 hours prior to treatment.
Right after your treatment, you should stay upright for 20 minutes to let the solution settle in the muscles. For the next 24 hours, however, you should avoid any strenuous and “hot” activities such as heavy exercising, massages, facials, and sauna. That’s about it. Botox doesn’t have much downtime, which makes it a definite game-changer. You can put on your makeup and go back to work immediately.
- How long do the effects last?
The effects of Botox last from 3-5 months. To maximize the effects, you should avoid stress, smoking, excess alcohol, and sun exposure – which all cause collagen to break down faster. It also depends on muscle strength and metabolism too.
- Does it hurt?
Well, Botox are injections and there’s no going around that. So yes, it stings a little. Also, a little bruising is common especially if you have sensitive skin. But these will eventually fade.
- Is it safe?
Botox is a medically-approved cosmetic treatment worldwide. However, it’s always best to do your research first before deciding where to get the treatment. Choose your practitioner wisely. It’s better to pay more and get great results than to pay less and experience negative effects. Remember, Botox are injections done on your face. It’s best to put it in the hands of the experts.
When deciding to get a Botox treatment, remember to entrust cosmetic processes like this to doctors and licensed specialists. Keep in mind the reminders provided in this list and you are good to go.