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Everything you should know about Botox Injections and Therapy

Overview 

Primarily recognized for its cosmetic benefits, Botox has some medical advantages aside from the beauty it produces on your face. It is a toxin that also helps clear out the appearance of wrinkles and treats some conditions like chronic migraines and excessive sweating. 

In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about Botox and how it affects your body.

What is Botox?

Botulinum toxins (Botox) is a neurotoxin that temporarily weakens the muscles when injected to attain medical or cosmetic purposes. It is usually applied by a professional in small doses to relax and soften wrinkles, particularly around the eyes (crow’s feet), forehead lines, and between the eyebrows.

Why is Botox Done?

There are two major reasons why people do Botox treatment. 

  • For Cosmetic Purposes: Botox cosmetic injections are applied to reduce the signs of aging in humans. When injected into the muscles, it effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles on the body caused by repetitive facial movements and expressions. As a result, you get a better, smoother, more youthful and natural-looking appearance. 
  • For Medical Purposes: Botox’s ability to relax muscles or block certain nerve signals has made it a great tool medically. When targeted for specific muscles in the head and neck, it helps prevent pain signals that trigger migraines. Also, it tackles excessive sweating, muscle disorders, bladder control issues and eye condition if properly administered. 

How Does Botox Work?

When injected into the muscle, botox stops some nerve signals to the muscle. The injected muscle becomes relaxed as wrinkles become smooth and a better appearance emerges. Although it is a temporary effect, it can last for 3-6 months. 

Risks of Using Botox

Botox has side effects that vary based on the areas receiving the treatment. The effects are mostly minor issues and could relieve you within a day or two. Some of these effects include: 

  • Pain, redness, swelling, or bruising.
  • Headache 
  • Dizziness
  • Temporary eyelid drooping (ptosis)
  • Flu-like symptoms 

To minimize risks, getting Botox from a qualified medical professional is crucial. They can assess your suitability for the treatment and ensure proper injection techniques.

How is the Botox Procedure Done?

To get Botox, you won’t need any form of anesthesia or pain-relieving injections. It is done within minutes in which the professional uses a small needle to inject it into the skin. The professional then gives you some instructions you should follow to make the treatment effective.

How to Prepare for Botox?

In preparation for Botox, here are a list of things you should do: 

  • Consult a professional dermatologist to review and check the suitability of your skin. 
  • Inform your doctor about any drug or cream you have used in the past.
  • Stop drinking alcohol at least a week before Botox. 
  • Avoid anti-inflammatory medications about 2 weeks before Botox. 
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Manage your expectations. Botox is not magic, it works in stages.

What to Do After Getting Botox?

After getting a Botox, here is a list of things you should take note of:

  • Avoid touching, rubbing, or applying makeup with excessive pressure.
  • Based on your doctor’s prescription, you could be asked to stay upright for a few hours. 
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, saunas, hot tubs, or excessive sun exposure for at least 24 hours.
  • If you experience mild pain or discomfort, over-the-counter pain relievers like Tylenol are acceptable. Avoid ibuprofen or aspirin as they can thin the blood and increase bruising. However, you should contact your doctor for him to give you the right medication and advice you need.

The Right Way to Get a Botox Done

Botox has several advantages and could be the start of a turning point for your skin. However, the biggest risk is having unprofessional personnel do the job for you. Your choice of practitioner can significantly impact the results and safety of your treatment. 

At Beth Beauty Med Spa, we take Botox seriously. Our team of highly skilled and experienced medical professionals have everything you need to achieve the best results regarding Botox in the safest way. We also prioritize personal care and we work closely with each client for them to achieve the aesthetic and medical goals they need.

Book an appointment with us today and let’s get you started.

Botox FAQs

Who should not get Botox?

Although Botox is a popular treatment, it is not suitable for anyone. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are to stay away from Botox. Also, people with certain allergies, neuromuscular disorders or people on specific medications should not get a Botox either.

How long does Botox last?

Botox is a temporary treatment and it lasts for 3-6 months.

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