If you’re considering getting botox, you’re not alone. In fact, botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures out there.
But what exactly is botox, and how does it work? Botox is a neurotoxin that is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When injected into the skin, it temporarily paralyzes the muscles, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Botox is most commonly used to treat crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and frown lines. It can also be used to treat other conditions, such as migraines, excessive sweating, and muscle spasms.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox was the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in 2018, with 7.4 million procedures performed.
So, if you’re looking to get rid of those pesky wrinkles, botox may be the way to go. But before you make an appointment, there are a few things you should know.
First, botox is not a one-time treatment. In order to maintain the results, you will need to get botox injections every few months. Second, botox may not be right for everyone. If you have a history of neurological conditions, you should talk to your doctor before getting botox injections.
Not at all! The vast majority of people who get botox injections end up looking like themselves on a good, well-rested, day. The thing that leads to a lot of fear and skepticism about botox is the fact that people associate it with a ‘plastic’, or ‘fake’ look because they remember the faces of some celebrities who have had a TONNE of different cosmetic work and end up looking nothing like themselves! Often these celebrities have had a bunch of face lifts, a LOT of filler injections (way more than we would regularly advise), and also too much Botox leading to a total lack of expressions.
This is not what we recommend to our patients, so don’t let this put you off!
Botox is generally safe when used as directed by a qualified healthcare provider. The most common side effects are temporary and include pain, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. What are the risks of Botox? There are some rare but serious risks associated with Botox, such as difficulty swallowing, speaking, or breathing. These risks are more likely to occur in children and people with certain medical conditions, such as neuromuscular disorders or bleeding disorders.
The cost of Botox can vary depending on a number of factors, including the number of units required, the area being treated, and the experience of the injector. In general, Botox treatments start at around $200-$300 per session. Some people may require more units of Botox than others, depending on the severity of their wrinkles. The number of units required will also affect the cost of the treatment.
Now that you know a little bit more about botox, you can decide if it’s right for you. If you do decide to go ahead with the treatment, be sure to find a reputable provider who can provide you with the best results (hint: we have a bunch of them here at The Derm Specs!)