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Everything you need to know before getting Botox injections

By Alex Harris

Dec 4, 2021

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Botox is all over the news now as it is the favourite anti-ageing treatment of many celebrities. Many plastic surgeons and dermatologists are carrying out this treatment on patients who want to reduce the appearance of their facial lines and wrinkles and get back their lost youthful look. In many instances, Botox can successfully reverse the signs of ageing. That’s probably why in the last couple of decades, Botox has emerged as one of the most popular cosmetic treatments.

The first thing you should know before even considering getting Botox is that there are two types of wrinkles: static wrinkles, which are related to age and caused by environmental factors as well as collagen loss, and dynamic wrinkles, which are caused by muscle movement. unfortunately, both of these causes are pretty much unavoidable.

While static wrinkles will always be there after they first appear on your skin, dynamic wrinkles will be visible only when the muscles provoking them are moved—when you smile, for example. That being said, dynamic wrinkles may eventually turn static because of repetitive movement. Botox treatment is most effective for dynamic wrinkles. However, over time, it can also help ‘erase’ static wrinkles. Follow-up treatments will be required as, after each session, each session will increasingly prevent the formation of static wrinkles.

What are the 3 main treatment areas for Botox?

‘Botulinum toxin-A’ (also known as ‘Botox®’ or ‘miracle poison’) is usually recommended for ‘crow’s feet’ which are the lines around your eyes, forehead lines, as well as for frown lines or those between your eyebrows. Sometimes, Botox injections can also be done in the neck region.

Everything you need to know before getting Botox injections

Increasingly, Botox is being used beyond wrinkle prevention and smoothening. For example, the same procedure can be applied for a brow lift, where the sides of your brows are being lifted. It can also be used around your mouth—in the hands of a trained person, Botox can provide an uplift for a downturned mouth by pulling up its corners. Neuromodulators around your mouth and at the tip of your nose can change the way you smile. The prominence, border, and shape of your lip line can also be changed in a procedure that is called the ‘lip flip‘.

Botox injections can also be used to change the shape of someone’s nose or even slim down one’s face for those with chewing muscles or overgrown masseter. The tightness and shape of the neck and jawline can be improved as well. Botox has provided 80 per cent good results when it is injected into the vertical cords or the platysmal bands, which are the two ridges of muscle that you may see running vertically up your neck as you age. You can call up 855-929-0199 in Toronto or reach the clinic at 249 Queens Quay West, Suite 112 for a more detailed understanding and discover how the treatment may help you in several ways.

Botox can also improve skin elasticity

Botox injections work by paralysing the facial muscles to treat wrinkles and reduce the signs of ageing. It has sometimes been mocked because of the fact that celebrities go for it to hide their signs of ageing—and usually end up looking not-so-young. Many call it fleeting and superficial but increasingly, the treatment has been accepted by a wider segment of the population.

A recent study has even shown that Botox can improve the elasticity of your skin. This means that it doesn’t just help treat wrinkles but it may also prevent their appearance. According to the Canadian researchers behind the study, once injected, the drug will improve skin elasticity until the time of the follow-up treatment, which can be up to six months for some people.

The skin’s elasticity will first stay improved with the help of follow-up sessions, however, over time, it will improve more easily. Dermatologists and researchers have observed that even the deeper wrinkles that are difficult to remove at first get less severe if the skin’s elasticity improves.

How long does Botox last?

The results of one Botox injection will start showing one to three days after your first session. Its effects can last for anything between three to six months, depending on the extent of your wrinkles and fine lines, and also on the size of the skin area that was treated. A follow-up injection will be required after this. You will need follow-up treatments because, over time, your muscles will get accustomed to the injection. But fear not, maintenance treatments may require lower doses. Last but not least, the gap between two treatments may also gradually increase with time.

Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?

The effect of a Botox treatment will start to wear off in a few weeks because your muscles will get accustomed to the injection—note that we’re only saying that they’ll start to wear off, not wear off completely. Exactly how long it will take always differs for each person. After this, you’ll slowly see your facial lines and wrinkles coming back. So, yes, Botox may make you look older once its effect wears off, but you won’t look older than you looked before the treatment. If anything, you’ll appear less aged, because the overall effect of injections is going to get better after each session. And remember, you may require less dosage as well.

Is there a cream that works like Botox?

You’ll find many facial creams out there that claim to treat wrinkles. Some creams might even require a prescription. Let’s be clear on one thing: Botox will always be more effective than the best facial cream you can find out there.

What are the bad side effects of Botox?

When done by a professional, Botox treatment is completely safe. It has also been approved by the FDA. However, like any other medical procedure, it can come with a few side effects (these are usually minor and go away in a few days).

Some people have reported suffering from a little headache, swelling and pain at the site of the injection, flu-like symptoms, itching, allergic reactions like a rash, back or neck pain, and excessive eye tearing or dryness. Others have also reported problems in swallowing and muscle stiffness. None of these are very serious issues, but it’s crucial you pick a trustworthy practitioner before getting your first Botox injection.