Cosmetic Botox® therapy, aka” neuromodulator injectables”, works to help diminish the appearance of expressive lines and wrinkles by weakening the muscles underneath. Typically used to help soften forehead & frown lines, crow’s feet, eyebrow lifting, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
Wherever it’s injected, Botox® causes the underlying muscles to temporarily stop moving. When the muscles stop moving, the wrinkles stop forming.
BUT IS IT REALLY THAT SIMPLE? NOT TO MENTION, SAFE?
You’ve probably heard of people using it before they even have any fine lines, to prevent their development in the first place. Or maybe you’ve seen images of unnaturally frozen-looking faces that have turned you off to Botox® altogether. Perhaps you’ve even been invited to a Botox® party “which, for the record, we’d recommend you skip!”. It’s always wise to do your research before going under the needle.
DOES BOTOX® PREVENT WRINKLES?
Absolutely! Botox® is a highly purified toxin that can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines, and crow’s-feet. The injections weaken the muscles that contract hundreds of times a day, eventually etching lines in the skin.
Basically, wherever Botox® is injected in the body, it relaxes the muscles underneath the skin. “When the muscle relaxes, the line diminishes.”
In addition to relaxing frown lines in between the eyebrows, Botox® can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the “pincushion” look in some chins, soften smoker’s lines around the mouth
WILL BOTOX® MAKE ME FEEL NUMB AND LOOK FROZEN?
Botox® is not designed to remove facial expressions, it’s designed to soften lines of excessive facial expression from squinting, frowning, and
smiling.” It does weaken your muscles, but it will not affect the nerves that cause a sensation or make you feel numb. When it is used correctly, it can lift the brow to give an appealing and fresh look.
But if too much is injected into the danger zone “the horizontal lines in the forehead “ you can cause Dr. Spock from Star Trek look or droopy eyelids.
That’s why it’s so important to be treated by an experienced doctor who can judge the size of your muscles and how much Botox® you will need.
DOES BOTOX® HAVE SIDE EFFECTS?
Every drug has side effects, and Botox® is no exception. Luckily, Botox’s® side effects are rare and temporary. Potential side effects (in just 1 to 5% of cases) include mild droopiness of the eyelid or eyebrow, which usually goes away within two weeks, slight bruising at the injection area, and rarely headaches.
HOW MUCH DOES BOTOX® COST?
As with most cosmetic treatments, the prices for Botox® vary widely, depending on what region you go to for treatment. Some doctors will charge per unit of Botox® used (which can range between $12 to $25 per unit, approximately), while others will charge per total area. it typically takes about 10-20 units to smooth a 30 somethingʼs forehead. For those looking for full upper face wrinkles treatment, you can expect to spend about $350-$500.
WHAT’S THE IDEAL AGE TO START USING BOTOX®?
This also varies — and it’s mostly up to you! You don’t need it before you have wrinkles to hide, or you can use it preventatively. “To be clear, it is much more about anatomy (because of genetic and environmental factors) than it is about a stereotypical age at which to begin. Prevention is the new mantra.
Basically, a patient can have Botox® safely in their early 20’s if they are bothered by their wrinkles or simply want to prevent them from forming in the first place. There is no issue with long-term use.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT THE DAY AFTER MY BOTOX® APPOINTMENT?
Everyone is different, but generally, not too much. Results will usually begin to show within four to five days after your session.
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If you are looking for preventative Botox® from a trusted, reputable, and experienced Botox® doctor, look no further than Beverly Hills Aesthetics. We have award-winning, non-surgical specialists who can administer Botox® and take care of you.
For more information on preventative Botox®, visit our office in Los Angeles, California. You can also call 424-284-7570 to book an appointment today.