Botox is no joke. The treatment consists of having a qualified medical professional inject a powerful substance called botulinum toxin into your facial muscles.
Why would anyone want to do this? Because botulinum toxin’s paralyzing effect will stop the muscles in your face from tensing up over time and prevent wrinkles on your face and neck from forming.
Although this sounds like a miracle, patients looking to get a Botox injection should know as much information as they can about the short and long-term effects. The most important questions to ask your medical professional about Botox are listed below.
What Are The Side Effects?
It is important to know what kind of side effects will come with receiving any treatment, so you are fully prepared for what to expect after. Luckily, the side effects associated with Botox are very limited.
One main thing to be aware of is wherever you are injected could darken, bruise, or swell up in the days following the procedure. Make sure to refrain from any strenuous physical activity hours after your visit, because during this time the botulinum toxin must completely settle.
Working out tends to activate facial muscles which could spread the drug in other areas of your face. Other than these two things, there are no additional side effects to worry about.
What Is Upkeep With Botox?
There are several factors associated with how long Botox will keep your skin wrinkle-free. These factors include the age of the patient, the condition of the injection site, and how the facial muscles have responded to and recovered from the last treatment.
For most people, the effects of a Botox injection will usually last between three and six months. To see the full effect from the procedure, the average waiting period is about one week before results become apparent.
When Is The Right Time to Get It?
The people who originally started getting Botox treatments were between their forties and sixties. More recently, a trend has arisen called preventative Botox. The idea behind this type of treatment is for younger people (in their late twenties or thirties) to prevent wrinkles by getting rid of them before they begin to form.
When facial wrinkles and fine lines are still faint, Botox has been said to work more effectively according to many plastic surgeons.
Schedule an appointment with our facial aesthetics office in Chicago, IL today to talk to our doctor about any of your Botox related questions. We would be happy to help address any concerns you may have and discuss the options available to you.