First Fine Line Treatment? FAQs About Botox Injections
Are you ready to try Botox for the first time? If this is your first experience with Botox injections, take a look at the top questions new clients have about this injectable.
Is Botox Really the Top Choice?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), botulinum toxin type A injections are the most performed minimally invasive cosmetic procedure. The ASPS' statistics show that in 2020 doctors performed more than 4.4 million injections. This makes botulinum toxin type A therapy (also known by the brand name Botox) more popular than dermal fillers, chemical peels, or laser skin resurfacing.
Will the Results Look Natural?
The answer to this question depends on the provider you choose. A qualified, skilled, and licensed medical professional who has extensive training and experience in cosmetic procedures (such as a dermatologist or a cosmetic surgeon) should have the ability to achieve natural-looking results. But a healthcare provider who doesn't typically use this injectable or a non-medical professional, such as an esthetician or makeup artist, may not have the specialized knowledge necessary to use Botox.
Where Can You Get Botulinum Therapy Injections?
The skill level necessary to give these injections makes it important to choose your botulinum therapy provider carefully. You can get botulinum therapy in some dermatologists' offices or plastic/cosmetic surgery practices. Medical or medi spas also offer this type of injection (under the supervision of a licensed medical doctor).
Does This Injectable Really Work?
Yes, botulinum therapy really does work. This type of injectable can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, such as crow's feet or frown lines. But the effects are not permanent. Botulinum toxin type A relaxes the facial muscles. This smoothes the skin and eliminates lines. Over time your body will metabolize the injectable, allowing the muscles to tense again. As the injections wear off you may notice the reappearance of fine lines or wrinkles. If you have concerns about this process, talk to your medical provider about creating a routine maintenance schedule.
Is There A Recovery Period?
Unlike cosmetic surgery, you won't need to take days or weeks off from work to recover from a botulinum therapy injection. Most clients can return to work or their normal daily routine immediately after their appointment. Avoid strenuous physical activity for a few hours after the procedure, don't rub your face, and follow your doctor's directions.
To learn more about botox injections, talk to a professional near you.