What to Know Before You Botox

What to Know Before You Botox

Many people have a strong opinion about Botox, and at RefinedMD we’re here to help you make an informed decision. Whether you’re considering it to get rid of those squint lines by your eyes or to slow down perspiration, you’re probably wondering what it’s really like. Many of us are the unfortunate recipients of premature wrinkles due to constantly squinting when concentrating or working, or frown and laugh lines from, well, living.

You should know that Botox costs range depending on how many units you need. Only your injector and safe trial and error can determine this. It can last from three to six months depending on your body. Everyone can benefit from a little maintenance to keep in top shape.

What to Expect 

Botox injections are described as slightly uncomfortable by some, and not even noticeable by others. You’ll need to stay upright for at least four hours following the procedure and avoid working out (or raising your blood pressure), too. This is because Botox doesn’t work instantly, and that botulism is moving around loosely for a while. You can sweat it out or the Botox can move into a place you don’t want paralyzed (like your eyelid).

You’ve probably seen a TV show or movie where someone gets Botox and they’re instantly frozen. It takes Botox about two to three weeks to fully work in reality. It’s a slow process, and you’ll notice that you’ll gradually lose the ability to wrinkle the area that was treated. If you have a good injector who isn’t needle-happy, you won’t ever have that frozen expression (unless you want it, which some people do between the brows and on the forehead!).

Getting Botox is an ongoing treatment, and it won’t do much if you don’t invest the time or money to stick with it. Some people use Botox to stop deeper wrinkles from forming. This is especially relevant if you have a trouble spot, such as frowning while you type. The good news is that Botox can help prevent those particularly deep frown lines.

Keep in mind that you might require more units than average, which will increase the cost.

How is Botox Different than Dermal Fillers?

The terms Botox and dermal fillers are sometimes used interchangeably, although they are completely different treatments with very different results. Still, the two are complementary and can maximize results when used together. Both Botox and dermal fillers can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is often recommended that clients consider both for the most natural and effective results.

Botox and Dysport work by temporarily freezing key muscles in the face. Some of the most common areas treated include between the eyebrows to stop the “angry 11’s” near the eyes, as well as smooth lines around the mouth. When muscles are temporarily unable to move, this stops the patient from creating undesirable lines. Botox can also be used as mini, temporary “lifters,” such as placing Botox strategically in the temple area to lift brows and drooping eyelids.

Using Injectables Right

When Botox is regularly used, the muscles can be trained to be weaker. This naturally reduces the body’s ability to form lines and wrinkles over time. Just like muscles in the body, muscles in the face can be strong or weak. It sounds counterintuitive, but weak muscles in certain parts of the face are exactly what clients want for minimal lines and wrinkles.

Dermal fillers are comprised of a variety of safe materials that temporarily add volume to areas of the face. Lost volume can be caused by age, changes in weight, or simply genetics. How long a dermal filler lasts can range from six months to two years, and five years may even be possible with semi-permanent fillers like Sculptra. Dermal fillers can also be used to increase plumpness to the mouth or lift the cheeks.

Both Botox and dermal fillers can create a more youthful appearance by giving increased volume married with a reduction in lines and wrinkles. Achieving the most natural results often requires a combination of treatments and products. The reason Botox and dermal fillers are so often used in connection with one another is because they are a powerful duo.

You’ve probably met quite a few people who go under the needle and you’ve never suspected. Do your research and choose an injector with experience and referrals. Call RefinedMD today or complete the online form to learn more about injectables or schedule your consult.