Everyone has met someone who underwent Botox and emerged from the procedure appearing as though they had just spent a month sipping collagen. At first sight, Botox appears to be a fantastic and quick fix for fine lines and wrinkles. With over six million injections given each year, it’s also one of the most widely used cosmetic procedures. The process and hazards of Botox continue to be the subject of several myths and misconceptions despite having been tried and tested for more than 20 years. We’re here to dispel rumors and provide you with expert guidance on all your burning Botox-related questions. Here are 15 things regarding Botox that you should know.
1. What exactly is Botox?
Botox is derived from a neurotoxin generated by Clostridium botulinum, which sounds much worse than it actually is. The Botulinum toxin, which is produced by this dreadful, naturally occurring bacterium, is used sparingly to remove things like forehead wrinkles. Absolutely glamorous, yes. Although it has somewhat gory roots, Botox can treat a variety of cosmetic and medical problems, including wrinkles, excessive perspiration, and a “gummy” smile (when administered by a qualified practitioner).
2. How Do Injections Of Botox Function?
“In order for a muscle to move, a nerve must release a neurotransmitter, which alerts the muscle. Botox reduces the amount of that neurotransmitter, which prevents the muscle from contracting, according to Dr. Galope of the McLean Dermatology and Skincare Center. Botox temporarily disables local nerve signals that travel to certain muscles in your face, which limits your ability to control your facial expressions and the wrinkles that result from them.
3. Where Can You Get Injections With Botox?
By relaxing the muscles, Botox is most frequently used in the cosmetics industry to treat, prevent, and lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Your forehead, the crow’s feet around your eyes, and the space between your eyebrows are the principal injection sites recommended by the FDA. Nevertheless, according to Dr. Galope, she also uses it to “soften necklines, chin lines, flip the lip up, decrease lines around the mouth, jaw, and lift up the corners of the mouth.” I also use it to stop sweating beneath my arms, in my hands, and on my feet.
4. Why Does Botox Seem to ‘Fill In’ Lines When It Isn’t a Filler?
“When you flex the muscles in your forehead, between your brows, and the area around your eyes, a wrinkle forms. The wrinkle softens if the muscle can no longer move in the same manner, according to Dr. Galope.
5. What Amount Of Botox Should You Get?
Of course, it differs from person to person, but the typical industry average for forehead wrinkles would be around 20 units, and for crow’s feet, between two and 10 units. According to Dr. Galope, “The depth of the lines is not the issue. The amount of muscle you need depends on its strength.
Every three months, 15 to 25 units are often injected for minor forehead lines.
“25 units every 3 months” for deeper creases.
6. When Does Botox Start Working?
The effects of Botox start to show after 24 to 48 hours and last for three to seven days. Botox’s full effects, however, frequently take 10 to 14 days to manifest.
7. How Long Does Usually Last Botox?
According to Dr. Galope, “Three months if the right amount is used. If the dose is too low, it wears off sooner but results normally last for up to six months. Each person’s response to Botox will differ depending on their body’s capacity to metabolize the neurotoxin.
8. Can Bad Botox Be Fixed?
Contrary to hyaluronic fillers, which can be removed with an injection of hyaluronidase, Botox cannot be reversed; you must wait it out. And yes, it is possible to overdose on Botox!
9. How long does the ‘frozen’ effect of Botox last, and can you still emote?
“If botox is administered properly, you can still animate your face and make facial emotions. It is crucial to consult a specialist for this reason. Your expressions can change if too much is utilized or if it is placed even a millimeter in the wrong direction. That lasts for around two to three months,” explains Dr. Galope. Therefore, despite the fact that some nerves are “paralyzed” by Botox injections, you will still frown, smile, and have facial emotions.
10. Can Botox on the forehead cause sagging eyebrows?
Botox doesn’t fit all, so if it’s injected in the wrong spot, you run the danger of adversely influencing other parts of your face. According to Dr. Galope, botox is a combination of science and art. For this reason, you should only consult a dermatologist who has performed countless of these surgeries and who is board-certified. Each person’s brows are unique in both height and shape. When they shift their foreheads, their brows take on a distinct arch and lift. The muscles in the forehead can relax TOO much during Botox treatment, which can cause the brow to droop. As a result, your brows will appear heavy, which may make you appear exhausted since many people unconsciously and naturally elevate their brows.
11. The Amazing Unexpected Benefit of Botox
When Dr. Galope revealed that Botox may tighten pores in addition to smoothing out wrinkles, we were overjoyed. He said, “With my patients, the idea is that no one recognizes WHAT they’ve done. As a side note, softening the wrinkles also reduces the size of the pores and makes makeup settle 100 times better on the skin. They just seem younger, more rested, and have better-looking skin. Amazing!
You might have brief swelling, redness, and bruising in the treatment region after the surgery, but these side effects shouldn’t last too long.
13. What Is the Price of Botox?
Since Botox is often priced per unit, which ranges from $10 to $20 on average, you could expect to pay between $300 and $500 to have your forehead wrinkles treated.
14. Is Botox Painful?
We like to think of getting Botox as being given a severe pinch; it hurts, but it goes away quickly. It feels like a tiny pinprick! It’s unquestionably less painful than microblading or fillers.
Myth 1: Botox is not a filler. Botox and fillers are two distinct treatments. Fillers function to “fill” in gaps and replace lost volume. On the other hand, Botox helps to relax the muscles that are the source of such wrinkles.
Myth 2: Botox is only for older people: When is a suitable time to take Botox for aesthetic purposes? There is no predetermined age. To limit the creation of wrinkles and lines, however, before they set in, more and more individuals are using it as a preventative treatment in their youth. However, keep in mind that this is essentially an expensive technique to prevent wrinkles; SPF is a far more practical and efficient strategy to delay the aging process of the skin.
Myth 3: Using Botox to relax muscles is somewhat true! Due to their relaxed state, wrinkle-producing muscles gradually lose their “strength” and capacity to produce wrinkle-producing expressions. Consider how your muscles would weaken and shrink if you didn’t use your arm for a year. The muscle will weaken from lack of use, analogous to the long-term use of Botox over the years. However, if you stop using Botox abruptly, those weak muscles will gradually become stronger once more.
Myth 4: Botox improves skin quality. Since Botox only affects the muscles that it is injected into, your entire face won’t freeze up. Additionally, there are no skincare advantages because Botox does not lessen breakouts or lighten pigmentation.