Botox is one of the least invasive cosmetic procedures that can improve lines and wrinkles. Knowing what to expect can help you have realistic expectations from the procedure, while also ensuring that you know how to maintain the improvements as long as possible.
There is little preparation necessary to have Botox since the procedure does not require any anesthesia or significant recovery. Before the procedure, you will want to discuss with your doctor the medications you take that may affect your recovery. For example, certain medications that hinder blood clotting will contribute to bruising. Your doctor will recommend you stop certain as-needed medications, such as NSAIDs or herbal supplements. Prescribed anticoagulants cannot be stopped, so you will need to be prepared for a small amount of bruising. If you take anticoagulants, you may opt to have Botox well before any events where you want to look your best, or you can learn special color-correction techniques that can conceal small amounts of discoloration.
Botox is approved for use in certain areas. Depending on the extent of the lines you are trying to improve, the difference after injections may be subtle or dramatic. Some of the most common problems Botox is used for is to reduce forehead lines, crows feet, and laugh/smile lines. Injections can also be helpful to lift the brow, which can change the appearance of your face. Generally, a more lifted brow can make you look more alert and friendly. Sometimes Botox is used as a way to correct problems that might occur after plastic surgery, such as dimpling after chin surgery. Your doctor can also use injections to reduce sweating in certain areas, such as the palms or soles, and the underarms.
Botox is considered a temporary cosmetic procedure. The results usually diminish within six months, so you will need regular touch-ups to maintain the look. Although Botox is temporary, with regular use, you may notice long-term differences in the amount of lines and wrinkles on your face. Eventually, the muscles affected by injections relax on their own, so you may find you do not need touch-ups as frequently or the doctor can reduce the injection amount. Since the lines will become more pronounced as you age, there may be a point when Botox no longer helps you achieve the desired outcome. At this point, you will need to discuss other options with your doctor, which can be used in conjunction with injections to enhance your appearance.
If you are bothered by lines and wrinkles, the easiest way to reduce them is to try Botox. Since there is little recovery time and the results are temporary, you can feel more confident having the procedure.