Anytime the word Botox is mentioned, you probably visualize a frozen face that is expressionless and synonymous with Hollywood celebrities.
It’s true, the procedure can have you looking like that but that would be because it was done wrong. Botox injections are supposed to make your face look fuller and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
If you are thinking about getting the procedure, here are some of the things you want to keep in mind.
1. Botox doesn’t Eliminate Wrinkles
Botox is usually marketed as a treatment for fine lines and wrinkles and because of that, many people assume that one or two injections of the same will get rid of any imperfections on their face.
However, as it turns out, the procedure is more of a preventive than a restorative one. The active ingredient in the injection works to freeze facial muscles so that you cannot contact them in a way that deepens wrinkles and fine lines.
If you are thinking that Botox will get rid of any lines already on your face, then you are in for a rude shock. Botox is not a magical remedy for eliminating wrinkles so the earlier you get it, the more effective it will be.
Doctors suggest starting as early as in your 20s.
2. It is not a Permanent Procedure
Most people have limited knowledge when it comes to Botox and generally all cosmetic procedures. As such, it is common for people to assume that its effects will last a long time.
Nevertheless, the average duration, once you get the procedure on your face, is about three to four months. As if that is not enough, certain factors make the effects of Botox fade faster than that.
For instance, patients who are very expressive or exercise a lot may find that Botox doesn’t last longer than three months.
3. It Hurts
If you have watched shows like ‘Botched” you would be forgiven for thinking that a Botox injection feels like a simple mosquito bite. Nonetheless, people, who have had it will tell you that it is more intense.
Although your doctor will place an ice pack on the spot injected, you will feel some pain minutes after the injection.
Fortunately, the injection lasts only a few seconds, and the pain you feel after is not long-lasting either.
4. You may be Unable to do Some Things After the Injection
Sure, you are probably not intending to participate in a race after your injection, but you do want to note that some activities are best avoided immediately after the procedure.
Your doctor will recommend not lying down, exercising, or taking blood-thinning medication a few hours after your injection.
You may also want to keep your head leveled and not bend it forward a few hours after the injection.
5. It is not Reserved for Celebrities
It is no secret that Botox is a favorite among celebrities. However, that does not mean that the procedure is only reserved for Hollywood A-listers. You would be surprised to learn that many regular people have the injections as well.
Now, Botox injections are certainly not cheap but their price cannot be compared to plastic surgery or some injectable fillers like Restylane.
6. You do not Fail Morally by Getting Botox
Some religions would view Botox as vanity and hence a sin. It could be also a matter of principles for some people but do not beat yourself up about a simple injection.
The desire to look good is not something to be frowned upon and if you need a little medical help to achieve it, then there is nothing wrong with that.
7. A Frozen Face can Feel Good
The main concern for most people when it comes to Botox is looking expressionless and having a frozen face but when you think about it, wouldn’t it be great not to have the ability to frown? That is exactly what Botox does to you.
A study by the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology in 2009 revealed that Botox not only prevents frowning, but it also reduces a negative mood in those who get it.
Nobody wants to look old and wrinkly but neither do they want to look like a robot.
Botox can be the solution you are looking for but you want to get into it with your facts right. By keeping these tips in mind, you should be just fine.