What Is Botox?
Botox is the brand name for Onobotulinumtoxin A, a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum. Botox is a drug doctor have been using for years to treat wrinkles and facial creases. The most common reason doctors use Botox is to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. But getting a Botox shot can help treat other conditions, such as:
- Severe underarm sweating (hyperhidrosis)
- Cervical dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms
- Blinking that you can’t control (blepharospasm)
- Eyes that point in different directions (strabismus)
- Chronic migraine
- Overactive bladder
How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can't contract. That makes wrinkles relax and soften.
Botox is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eye), and frown lines. Botox won’t help with wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity.
Oftentimes, at the time of your injection at Lumina Aesthetics Clinic, Lumina’s doctor will discuss with you your goals and, after an examination, will be able to assess if those goals can be achieved with the use of neurotoxin. If it can, it's your lucky day, since Botox is the favorite treatment yet affordable to prevent the ageing and to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
First thing first, Your face will be cleansed and the areas that are to be injected, possibly marked with a removable eyeliner/marker. You might have a numbing cream applied or be given ice packs to help with any discomfort. Once you are ready, the injections will be performed in various areas to target the desired muscles.
You might have a few small bumps in the skin at the actual injection site but these will be gone by the time you leave the clinic. You might also have some mild bruising which will resolve in 24-48 hours. You will be given instructions on what to do and what not to do in the next 24 hours from our patient care coordinator.
It generally takes 7 to 14 days to take full effect. It’s best to avoid alcohol starting at least 1 week before and after the procedure. You should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications 2 weeks before treatment to help prevent bruising.
Avoid rubbing the injection site for 24 hours so you don’t spread the Botox to another area. Your doctor may also tell you to stay upright for 4 hours after the shots and to take a day off from exercising.
Neurotoxins generally take effect in 3-5 days but it is common to not see your full and final results for 7-10 days. Lumina’s doctor always tells our patients to wait a full 2 weeks after their Botox injection and, at that point if they need a touch-up, we will take care of it. It takes this long because it takes time for the toxin to block off those nerve impulses to the muscles. It is not immediate.
How long does Botox last?
Well, don't we wish Botox lasted forever? Unfortunately, it doesn't. Eventually, the action of the neurotoxin will wear off and the nerves will again be able to send those signals to the muscles to start working or contracting. In general, Botox lasts 3-4 months.
There will certainly be patients in which in lasts longer, in that 4-6 month range, or shorter, in that 2-month range. It is also common for first-timers to notice that it may not last as long initially but may last long after the second treatment. Everyone has a unique experience and results may vary.
How frequently can you get Botox?
Let’s have a consultation with Lumina’s doctor to determine how frequently you can safely receive Botox injections. You may be able to go for longer periods of time between Botox treatments if you receive Botox on a regular basis, possibly up to six months.
To help you get the maximum benefit from your treatments, follow these tips:
TIPS TO MAKE BOTOX LAST LONGER!!
- Use a highly experienced certified medical aesthetic practitioner. Botox injections require the correct + appropriate dosage and precise injection sites for maximum effectiveness.
- For the first 24 hours, avoid strenuous exercise and excessive heat. Saunas, Hot Yoga, Strenuous exercising ( gentle exercise is fine), or intense facial massages can potentially cause the Botox to migrate to areas of your face it shouldn’t go. This can result in temporary facial paralysis, eyelid drooping, or other undesirable effects. It may help to sleep on your back in a slightly elevated position for the first-night post-injection.
- Avoid the Sun and Sunbeds. Sun damage causes premature wrinkles. Botox is ineffective against these skin-damaged wrinkles because they do not involve the underlying muscles. Always wear SPF on your face, neck, and hands every day. Maintain your results for longer by using a high-quality broad-spectrum sunscreen and avoid the outdoors during peak UV hours.
- Skin Care – The benefits of Botox and Fillers will last longer if you take care of your skin. Patients who moisturize AM and PM and stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water will enhance the water-absorption effect of hyaluronic-based fillers. This helps the treated areas to remain plump and wrinkle-free.
- Eating Right – your diet affects both the appearance and health of your skin. Try to avoid eating processed and packaged foods and limit the amount of sugar in your diet. Maintain a steady healthy weight. Extreme weight loss especially on your face will reduce the effectiveness and longevity of your anti- aging injections.
- Less Stress – Stress negatively affects your body in many ways, accelerates the aging process, and rapidly enhances common signs of aging. To extend the benefits of your injections try to reduce unnecessary stress-inducers from your life while incorporating stress relief techniques like meditation or yoga into your day.
- Exercise Effects – Unfortunately, a few patients who are avid runners and work-out-aholics find that their Botox and Fillers results do not last as long. Do not stop being active as there is no “fix” for this. Running and exercise make you happy and healthy. Simply try not to scrunch up your face when working out. Wear a baseball cap and sunglasses while outside to avoid squinting in the bright sun.
- Stop Smoking- smoking ages your skin and shortens your life.
- Maintenance Treatments– The best way to extend the life of your Botox results is to undergo a maintenance treatment program with Lumina’s doctor. Plan your appointments before your results wear off. Regular Botox treatments are especially useful as they will actually train targeted muscles to respond to the neurotoxin for longer periods of time. The Glabellar Frown Lines between your eyebrows are a great example. Be Patient and Trust Lumina’s doctor. Don’t overdo it. Too many treatments too quickly can make your muscles resist Botox or react in other negative ways.
How to prevent new wrinkles?
You can take steps to prevent new wrinkles and keep the skin healthy.
- Wear sunscreen
Wear a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen every day, especially on your face. The sun’s UV rays can damage and age the skin.
You may also want to wear a hat and sunglasses while in the sun. Limiting your sun exposure can also help prevent new wrinkles from forming.
- Avoid smoking
Smoking can increase wrinkles and age your skin. It can also make your skin thinner. Don’t start smoking, or ask Lumina’s doctor to help you quit.
- Stay hydrated
Drink enough water every day to keep your skin healthy. Water helps digestion, circulation, and normal cell function. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water per day.
- Use moisturizers
Use a hydrating moisturizer for your skin type. Ask your doctor or dermatologist for specific moisturizer recommendations.
- Eat a healthy diet
The food you eat can affect your skin. Ask Lumina’s doctor or a nutritionist for healthy diet recommendations.
- Use gentle skin cleansers
Gentle skin cleansers can remove dirt, dead skin cells, and other things that can accumulate on your skin. They can help with hydration and protect the skin.
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