What to Know Before Getting Botox: 5 Insider Tips
Physical signs of aging can be concerning and hurt confidence in your appearance; one such sign is the development of wrinkles and fine lines in the skin. Seeing as Botox is a treatment for this very predicament, it would be natural to consider it when wrinkles and lines start to affect your confidence. Changing your appearance (or slowing down the effects of the hands of time) can help to improve self confidence and overall well being.
However, there are probably some things that you should know before getting Botox, here are four of them.
While many people have heard of Botox as a catch-all drug that removes all wrinkles and lines, it is far more complicated than that. Botulinum toxins such as Botox are cosmetic injections that relax facial muscles so that lines and wrinkles, such as frown lines and crow’s feet, do not develop. This can lead to an appearance of a smoother and calmer face, which can naturally boost confidence and consequently mental health. Such injections usually take 2 or 3 days to take effect and last 3 or 4 months.
Reasons Not to Get Botox
While Botox can lead to cosmetic and mental health benefits, there are some instances where Botox should be avoided or at least only gotten with caution. Botox should be avoided if you:
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Have a skin infection.
- Take muscle relaxants or certain antibiotics.
- Have neuromuscular disorders.
- Are feeling unwell in general.
If any of the above applies to you, it might be best to consult with your medical professional to determine if Botox injections are right for you.
What the Procedure Looks Like
A practitioner will clean your face and inject botulinum toxin with a very fine needle while asking you to move your facial muscles to find the best location for the injections. The procedure typically only takes around 10 minutes.
Following the procedure, you shouldn’t rub or massage your face, exercise, use the sauna, or sunbathe for 3 days. If you are concerned about what to do, you should ask your practitioner for more details.
Botox Prevents Lines
Botox is not a catch-all treatment that removes lines; it simply stops your muscles in a way that might deepen wrinkles. Lines that already exist when your face is at rest will probably continue to exist after you have had Botox treatment. Botox can help to prevent your lines from increasing in their visibility or depth, but not remove them entirely.
Contact Yaletown Laser Centre in Vancouver to learn more about this treatment and to see if it’s right for you.