Botox: An In-depth Look At It

You’ve probably heard about Botox. In case you’re seeing wrinkles, folds, or creases on your face, you might want to try it. However, is it necessary? Not to mention, safe?

As such, it’s better that you do your research before considering having a Botox treatment. Or you can also consult a Luminare provider to find out more about Botox.

Find Out More About Botox Cosmetic

Botox is a drug used for many years to treat wrinkles and facial creases. It’s the first drug that uses a small amount of botulinum toxin and has been FDA-approved since 2002. It temporarily paralyzes the muscles, which benefit people diagnosed with various muscle or nerve disorders.

It has another well-known type of brand, such as abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport). rimabotulinumtoxinB (Myobloc), and incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin). All are a little different from one another, particularly with their dosage units, so they are not interchangeable. However, they are all considered to be called “Botox”.

How Botox Works

Since Botox is a neurotoxin, this substance ultimately targets the nervous system by disrupting the nerve signaling processes, which stimulates muscle contraction. This is how temporary muscle paralysis or muscle freezing happens.

By blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, they won’t be able to contract to make wrinkles relax and diminish. In addition, Botox also helps lift the corners of the mouth that sags, smoothens the lines from the chin and vertical neck cords.

Getting Into the Procedure

Anesthesia in the Botox procedure is not really needed as it is not really painful. But, for some parts of your face, a numbing cream might be applied.

Thin needles are used to inject little by little amounts of Botox to your skin or muscles until the full area is treated. Botox procedure usually takes only a few minutes and generally takes one week to take full effect and can last up to 6 months, depending on the treatment. It is advised to avoid drinking alcohol and taking any anti-inflammatory medicines before the treatment as it may cause severe bruising.

The Common Risks and Side Effects

Although Botox is relatively safe, it is not an exception from possible side effects. There are still temporary effects that may occur after the procedure, such as:

  • Mild swelling and bruising on the treated areas
  • Headache or flu-like feeling
  • Excessive tearing (usually happens during the procedure)
  • Weakness in muscles

Your provider will tell you not to rub or massage the treated areas for about 4 hours as it may prevent the toxin from spreading and doing its job. 

The Ideal Age to Get the Treatment

Age is a varying factor to get Botox and is primarily up to you. Botox treatment is approved for people aged 18 years and above. 

Most women in their 40’s do Botox procedures to reduce their wrinkles. But, it is not just for them, as there are also women in their 20’s who want to do Botox as early as possible to prevent any fine lines from forming. This process is called preventative Botox treatment.

Now, if you feel like Botox is what you really need, then you better take the first step and find the best and most professional injector for you. Botox is an in-demand service that satisfied many of our patients in Blue Springs, North Kansas City, and Kearney.

Call us today and get in touch with one of our highly-competent experts to learn more about Botox.