Botox injection has been around for decades but many patients remain skeptical about its safety and how the procedure reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Both men and women are more actively using cosmetic treatments to improve their overall appearance and stay competitive in the workforce.
No matter your age, Botox injection may be the non-invasive cosmetic treatment you need to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help you get back healthier, younger-looking skin.
Many people, especially men, worry if botox will hurt. They often wait weeks, months, or even years before doing botox because they’re worried that the needles will hurt. And, because of this, they’re stuck in a situation where they don’t like the way they look.
Botox injection works by being injected into the muscles, of the desired location, and essentially blocks the nerve impulses located in those tissues.
This causes the muscle underneath it not to contract, thus giving the skin a smoother appearance.
The botox injection doesn't travel far outside the area that they are injected into and you should see the effects within a few days.
What is Botox? – Lumina Aesthetics Clinic
Approved by the FDA in 2002, BOTOX Cosmetic (botulinum toxin type A) consists of a purified protein that temporarily reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles between the eyebrows. The treatment works by injecting a low dose of the botulinum toxin directly into the brow’s muscles to help calm nerve impulses and prevent the muscles from contracting to form lines. Within 10 days or less, patients notice a visible smoothing of expression lines around their brow area, resulting in a much younger appearance.
Botox is also commonly used off-label (meaning outside of its intended use to smooth glabellar lines) to treat other facial areas that eventually become affected with age, such as the creases along the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes. Patients may also choose to receive treatment for the base of the nose, the lower face, chin, or neck area.
Under the direction of a Lumina doctor, patients have the advantage of using this cosmetic treatment to help contour their face or soften the appearance of a squared jaw.
Is Botox the Same as Dermal Fillers?
Botox and dermal fillers share a few similarities, including how both treatments are administered to patients (through injections) and the fact that they are minimally invasive cosmetic procedures. However, unlike Botox, which freezes muscles to help soften the appearance of wrinkles, dermal fillers help you add more volume to certain areas of your face, including your cheeks and lips.
Now that you know a little more about how this procedure works, here are some facts that need straightening out.
To help you negate some common Botox myths, here are some facts about Botox to help you understand why patients are becoming more eager to try this popular cosmetic treatment at Lumina Aesthetics Clinic.
5 Botox Myths that you need to know 😊
- Botox is Unsafe
The myth usually comes in at number one on everyone’s list of why they’d rather live with wrinkles than try Botox. And to a certain degree, Botox can be dangerous if not administered by an individual who has the appropriate training and experience to perform this delicate procedure. So, yes, it’s true that botulinum toxin can be dangerous in large doses or in the hands of an amateur aesthetics doctor. However, professional Botox injections come in much smaller doses, and when performed by a professional, the procedure is both safe and effective.
- Botox Will Freeze Your Face
Popular culture may be responsible for this common Botox myth. In fact, you may laugh at the comedic portrayals of characters trying to conjure facial expressions after a recent Botox injection. Though Botox works by freezing targeted muscles, its low dosage isn’t strong enough to numb your entire face or cause you to lose certain facial functions, such as smiling or moving your eyebrows. Remember, Botox is designed to gently smooth out wrinkles and give your face a healthy, rejuvenated look. It’s not meant to dramatically alter your appearance.
- Botox is Only for Women
Though women usually appear on Botox advertising collateral, they’re not the only ones enjoying the benefits of this treatment. Like women, men are constantly seeing themselves in shared photos and posts on the internet and are interested in more ways to improve their skin’s health to look younger and stay confident in both their professional and personal lifestyles.
- Patients Can Get Addicted to Botox
When patients receive Botox injections, it’s normal for them to return every 4-6 weeks for another treatment. This doesn’t mean they’re addicted to Botox; it simply means they are following a cosmetic treatment plan designed to help them achieve their goals. Because this treatment is not a permanent solution to aging skin, results may wear off after 6 to 12 weeks. This means if you’re happy with the outcome, and you want to continue to receive the skin-refining benefits of Botox, you need to return for new injections, as this helps improve the effectiveness of the treatment.
- Botox is Painful
Whoever said “beauty is pain” wasn’t talking about Botox. Though you may experience some slight discomfort or “pinching” during the injection procedure, the feeling typically goes away after a few short seconds. The needles used during each procedure are very fine and the number of injections will depend on the area being treated.
Curious about how Botox can make you look younger? Contact Lumina Aesthetics Clinic to schedule a free consultation with Lumina’s Doctor. Once there, Lumina’s Doctor will discuss your skin concerns, examine your skin’s health, and design a personalized treatment plan that aligns with your goals and works within your schedule and budget.
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