It seems like everyone is getting Botox, your sister, your cousin, even your neighbor seems to have gone under the needle. Before you run to get it done yourself, here are a few things you should be aware of.
Botox is a cosmetic injectable neurotoxin that is a diluted form of Botulinum Toxin, which is found in the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. In the diluted format, it is used to relax your muscles—typically in the area around your forehead, in between your eyebrows, and around your eyes. It works by temporarily blocking local nerve impulses to specific muscles within your face; without making certain facial expressions, you won’t form the wrinkles that come with them.
Understandably, some people will get skittish when it comes to needles. The idea of a needle going into your forehead or around your eyes might be daunting, but rest assured that Botox is FDA-approved, not only that it is fairly common procedure that is often highly requested. It is often used for cosmetic reasons, but it’s also able to alleviate other health concerns such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) or chronic migraines. Botox was first approved by the FDA in 1989, and since then millions of people have had Botox done safely and effectively. It is best to get the procedure done by a certified aesthetician or plastic surgeon.
There’s no magic age when to start Botox, younger patients have been increasingly jumping on the bandwagon as a preventive measure before the wrinkles appear or deepen. Our Aesthetic Doctors will find out what are your goals and design a plan for your needs. If you look in the mirror or at a photo of yourself, and all you see is that forehead wrinkle, instead of your bright eyes or smile, it may be worth considering getting that wrinkle taken care of.
Every time we raise our eyebrows, or scowl by bringing our eyebrows together, the wrinkles in these areas get deeper and more numerous. It’s a normal ageing process that takes place over a long period of time; though it’s not something that you notice on a daily basis. It’s almost never too early to start a good anti-aging regimen.
Most critics say Botox will make you lose all the personality from your face, leaving you emotionless. While it is true that movement will be restricted, a moderate amount of Botox will allow you to react and communicate in a lively manner. Botox is often used to relax areas such as crow’s feet, glabella (the furrows between the brows, and forehead lines. It doesn’t affect other facial muscles that are used for overall facial expressions.
One of the misconceptions about Botox is that it gets rid of wrinkles completely. Our Aesthetic Doctors explain the importance of understanding the Botox experience; it doesn’t get rid of all the wrinkles on your face – it gets rid of wrinkles made from expressions. What Botox does is, improving the appearance of these wrinkles by relaxing the muscles. It doesn’t get rid of what we call static wrinkles – the ones that are seen at rest when looking in the mirror. If those wrinkles bother you, talk to our Aesthetic Doctors about laser treatments that can help to smooth them out.
It may be the most well-known, but Botox is just one type of neurotoxin on the market. Other, next-level neurotoxins are Dysport, FDA-approved in 2009, and Xeomin, FDA-approved in 2011. They all originate from the same strain of bacteria; therefore they work essentially in the same way. There are some differences between the three; Xeomin is a purified neurotoxin, also called a “naked molecule,” because it doesn’t contain any extra surface proteins, the way Botox and Dysport do.
This “pure” neurotoxin migrates deeper into skin, works faster, and poses less risk of an allergic reaction. “Theoretically, decreasing the protein load also lessens the chance of becoming a non-responder, meaning it lessens the chance that the patient will become immune to the neuromodulator being injected. Dysport tends to spread a little more than Botox, so it’s good for areas that would otherwise need multiple injections. It also kicks in faster than the other two, typically showing effects after two to three days opposed to seven to ten days with Botox, and five to six days with Xeomin. Once you try the different neurotoxins, you might decide you like one brand better than the others.
It takes a few days for Botox to kick in (around 3-5 days), with the full effect becoming apparent within two weeks. Some people claim that they know when it has taken effect because it suddenly feel like there’s duct tape on their forehead. Our Aesthetic Doctor explains that Botox will affect the way your facial muscles move, and can feel weird when you can’t move your face to make a particular expression. When your body is adjusting to Botox, you might experience a super-tight feeling in the beginning.
Of all Aesthetic procedures, Botox is one of the most popular amongst men. It has even been coined “Bro-tox” as it gained popularity among men in the recent years.
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