Is Botox the Right Cosmetic Treatment for You?
You can’t help getting older, but you can help slow down the signs of it. If you’re looking to improve your appearance by treating fine lines and wrinkles, Botox® may be the solution for you. Dr. Castor at Artisan Aesthetics Plastic Surgery is here to help!
What is Botox?
Botox is a natural protein injectable formed from the botulinum toxin. It relaxes facial muscles by blocking nerve impulses and reduces facial lines caused by frowning. You’ll be left with smoother skin, fewer wrinkles, and a fresh appearance. If you have other medical concerns like migraine headaches, muscle spasms, and excessive sweating, Botox can also treat those!
You’ll start to see results in two to four days, and they’ll last around three to four months. Most patients come in two to three times a year to freshen up those annoying wrinkles. Although Botox is safe and requires no downtime, it’s important to note any potential side effects. You may see bruising and pain at the injection site, redness, headaches, and temporary facial weakness. But don’t worry! These are all temporary.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?
The best Botox candidates are those who are beginning to show visible lines and wrinkles. 64 percent of plastic surgeons report seeing a rise in cosmetic surgery or injectable treatments for patients in their early thirties to help keep lines and wrinkles at bay. Prevention is key.
A common misconception is that only women receive injectable treatment, but that’s simply not true! The number of men choosing Botox has risen fast. In fact, in the past three years alone, men have received over one million Botox treatments. 80 percent make treating their crow’s feet their top priority, 74 percent prioritize their forehead lines, and 60 percent like to treat their frown lines.
What Can I Expect During the Treatment?
The Botox injection only takes ten minutes, so afterwards you can go about your day feeling great. Some patients say the injection just feels like a pinch, but your physician can apply a topical numbing cream if you’re worried about any pain.
Don’t rub or massage the treated areas after the injections because it can cause the toxin to migrate to another area of your face, but otherwise, there’s nothing to worry about! After the procedure, your physician can plan your next appointment based on your results and long-term goals.