Summary: To be sure, there are definitely more than three things you should know about Botox, especially if you’re thinking about getting an injection any time soon. But three seems like a great place to start, doesn’t it? If nothing else, there are some benefits to knowing a bit more about Botox—especially if you’re interested in getting rid of a few wrinkles here or there.
Three Things You Should Know About Botox Before Getting an Injection
There are at least three things you should know about Botox before you get any injections. I don’t necessarily mean this as a warning. Obviously, around here, we’re fans of any cosmetic procedures that can generate good results for patients. But Botox is an incredibly popular procedure (arguably, the most popular aesthetic procedure on the planet).
So knowing more about what this procedure does can help in several ways:
- Knowing more about Botox can help you determine if this is actually the right procedure for you
- Keeping your expectations in check (and realistic) can help improve overall satisfaction
- Having an idea about how long Botox will last, for example, might enable you to better schedule maintenance injections (or seek out a long term solution)
Indeed, the best place to get all kinds of information about Botox will be from your cosmetic or plastic surgeon. But these three things you should know about Botox will, hopefully, get you started (at least). The rest of the conversation should definitely take place with a medical professional!
#1: Botox is a Neuromodulator
Botox is an injectable, but it’s not like most other treatments. Indeed, most of the injectables on the market today are dermal fillers—they’re designed to actually fill volume in the face. That’s how the make wrinkles and lines go away. But that’s not how Botox works.
Botox, a form of botulinum toxin A, is designed to mildly paralyze certain muscle groups. That might sound drastic, but the actual effect is quite moderate. Botox works because certain muscle groups get “stuck” in a kind of contracted position. That, in turn, causes wrinkles.
By paralyzing that particular muscle, the wrinkle is released and your skin looks smooth again. Botox will only work on this type of wrinkle, so understanding this basic mechanism can help you determine whether Botox is actually a good fit for your needs.
#2: The Duration of Botox Results is Measured in Months
As with most injectable treatments, the results of Botox are temporary. The duration of the injections varies—depending on the patient and the injection site. However, there are a few timelines to keep in mind:
- Results: It may take several weeks for results to become apparent. That’s because you’ve got to give the Botox time to work it’s magic! (More or less—in either case, the Botox is going to take a little while to work, unlike dermal fillers which sometimes show results right away)
- Duration: For most patients, Botox will last anywhere from 3-6 months. There’s a gap, of course, between when you actually get the Botox injections and when you see results, so if you want to maintain those results, you’ll need to schedule a follow up appointment a few weeks before those results go away.
Knowing when your Botox will kick in and how long it’ll last can help you plan out the best way to maintain your results—and continue looking youthful and energetic. Just be careful, as Botox is usually charged by the cc, so the more injections you get the more you’ll be spending.
#3: Botox Isn’t Just for Wrinkles
One of the other, most interesting things about Botox is that it isn’t just for wrinkles anymore. Indeed, there are a myriad of uses for this particular injectable—and cosmetic surgeons seem to be finding new innovations all the time. For example, Botox is often used as a treatment for migraines.
Now, researchers aren’t particularly confident in pinpointing the origins of migraines in the first place, so they also aren’t entirely sure why Botox works as a treatment. But studies have shown that—for some patients—regular injections can minimize the frequency and severity of migraines.
Is Botox Right for You?
Ultimately, the question is pretty simple: is Botox right for you? That’s a question that can only be truly answered by your cosmetic surgeon. It’s important that you get a comprehensive, in person consultation before deciding fully on a course of action. That’s because Botox can be a big decision—even if the results tend to be subtle.
But it’s also an incredibly popular procedure for a reason. Botox has a tendency to generate great results with little in the way of discomfort. For many patients, Botox is an excellent option. These three things you should know about Botox are just the beginning. You should find out the rest from a highly qualified cosmetic surgeon.