Botox has been the talk of the town lately, especially after we’ve seen too many reality stars whose faces look like stone statues. It has acquired a pretty bad reputation, but for most people in the real world who’ve had the treatment, you probably wouldn’t be able to notice the difference.
The treatment with the injectables of botulinum toxin is all about expertise and moderation. It’s also more about maintaining the good looks rather than looking differently. Its use goes beyond just aesthetic, especially for people with sweating issues where Botox is used to deactivate the overactive sweat glands.
Surely, this treatment isn’t for everyone, but if you’re thinking about doing it, here are a few things you should know.
Where can Botox be used?
Botox is most commonly injected in the glabella creases between the eyes, crow’s feet around the eyes, brow furrows and in horizontal wrinkle lines on the forehead. It can also be used along the jawline to impede bone loss and to correct a downturned lip. Surprisingly, it’s also injected into the armpit, specifically into sweat glands to stop excess sweating and odour, which is one of the most effective, non-cosmetic Botox treatments.
When it comes to the recommended age for getting the Botox treatment, there really isn’t one. It differs because everyone’s muscles are different, so even a younger person can do it if they have more visible dynamic lines on their face or as a preventative measure for preserving skin and stopping the lines from developing.
The dosage and the pain
The dosage can range from 10 to 25 units and the treatment will last approximately 10 minutes. You’ll be asked to frown and raise your eyebrows and several small doses of Botox will be injected across 6 or more points of your forehead, around the eyebrows and eyes. It really depends on what areas of your faces have been targeted for the treatment during your consultation.
As for the pain, most clients say that the procedure does hurt a little bit and they describe it as being slightly stingy, sharp and fast. By the end of the treatment, you’ll only be left with the feeling of slight tightness and possibly a “Botox buzz” – a temporary sensation of a headache and dizziness for about 10 to 15 minutes.
A qualified practitioner is key
Even though many people can inject Botox, it doesn’t mean they ought to. It’s crucial you see a board certified practitioner in plastic surgery who is experienced enough to know the face anatomy well and make the right assessment.
Regardless of where you live, whether you’re getting your Botox treatment in Perthor somewhere across the country, in order to get the best possible results and stay safe, you need to put yourself in the hands of a qualified professional.
If you narrow down your choices just based on cost and convenience, the results will not be guaranteed. Be sure you do your research and once in the office, ask all the questions want and firmly state what results you expect.
What does recovery involve?
During the recovery period, you’re expected to lay off ibuprofen and aspirin as anticoagulants hinder blood clotting and can increase the risk of bruising. It’s also best you avoid green tea, cinnamon, ginger, fish oils and red wine full week before the treatment as some antioxidants may increase the fragility of your blood vessels and also prevent clotting.
In the post-treatment period, you may see some redness and blotching but it will fade soon. It’s important you avoid putting on make-up in this period as well as vigorous exercising, lying down and washing your hair. T
his may cause the spreading of the toxin to the muscles and weakening its effect. Also, flying is not recommended as cabin pressure may cause the toxin to spread to unwanted areas. So, both literally and figuratively, lay low and stay grounded for a couple of days.
The visible results
You’ll begin to see the first effects in the first week after the procedure, but for some patients, it may take up to two weeks for the results to kick in. You should avoid excess alcohol, smoking and stress as these can contribute to collagen breaking down faster which will decrease the effect of Botox long-term. The final results should last anywhere between 3 to 5 months, depending on your muscle strength, metabolism and lifestyle.
If you have decided to get Botox treatment, these are the essentials to bear in mind. Make sure you do your research and prep well before it and after, so you can enjoy the best results.