Even a cupboard full of the best anti-aging products can only go so far when it comes to reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Those looking for a more youthful look often turn to Botox, and with a 95% satisfaction rating, it is no wonder why Botox continues to be one of the most popular cosmetic treatments in America.
If you are planning on getting a Botox treatment for the first time, you might have a lot of questions and fears. In this article, we will hopefully put some of those fears to bed and answer any queries, so you are completely ready for your first session.
What actually is Botox?
So how does Botox actually work anyway? Well, Botox is a protein that is injected into the muscle to temporarily weaken or relax it. The treatment is ideal for facial wrinkles that have developed from repeated muscle movement such as smiling and laughing or frowning. Most people will look to Botox to reduce forehead or frown lines and crow’s feet around the eyes. The best botox clinicians will be able to provide you with a beautifully refreshed look.
What you might not know however, is that Botox is not just used for cosmetic procedures. Those suffering from migraines, eye spasms and even hyperhidrosis can benefit from Botox to relax the muscles causing them problems, too.
What can I expect at the appointment?
Before the botox treatment, you will typically be required to have a consultation to discuss your health history. This is also a great time to ask the clinician anything you want to know, as well as explaining which areas you are most conscious about.
During the consultation, the clinician will also take time to observe your muscle’s natural activity so that they can create a personalized plan for your treatment.
After the initial discussion, the botox treatment will take between 5 to 10 minutes. The good news is, although the Botox is injected using several tiny needles you should not feel too much discomfort. Just a few small pinches.
Are the results immediate?
After your appointment, you will not notice the results immediately. For the first hour after the procedure, the injected areas might feel a little bumpy or have a redness. It is not until the third day where you will start to see the real results, with the full process taking place over the next two weeks. You should be able to see small improvements in your wrinkles’ appearance and by the end of the fortnight, they will be as good as gone.
Typically, after two weeks, your clinician will request you book a follow up appointment to see how the treatment has gone and whether additional units are needed.
It is worth mentioning that within the first few hours after your botox treatment, it is recommended that you avoid intense exercise, lying down or rubbing the area.
How long will the results last?
Your first Botox treatment will start to wear off after a few months. To maintain a youthful appearance, you should aim to go for additional treatments every 3 to 4 months. Most clinicians will offer a free consultation so that you can find out which areas they recommend and what the planned course of action would be. From here, you can make a decision about whether you want to go ahead with treatment or not.