Botox is one of the most popular and in-demand aesthetic treatments. However, before opting for any procedure or treatment you should conduct a thorough research about it and also check for the qualification and registration of your practitioner. To make an informed decision you must ask as many questions as you can. Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about Botox injections.
Q: What does Botox injection contain?
A botox injection contains a form of botulinum toxin type A, which is a neuromodulator. This formula is FDA approved and used for several aesthetic and medical benefits that come from blocking the neural messages to muscles. Botox delays the formation of the facial wrinkles by temporarily freezing the facial muscles and thus is a preventive measure.
Q: How does Botox work?
A: Wrinkles form due to the use of muscles over the years as you make facial expressions like smiling, pouting, frowning, laughing and squinting. When you form a facial expression your skin is pulled by facial muscles and is forced to stretch and then return to its normal state. Over the years your skin starts losing the ability to return back to the normal state and thus the stretched skin is pushed back into folds once facial expression returns to normal. The skin folds appear as wrinkles, a sign of ageing. The neuromodulator in botox blocks the messages from the brain which instruct the movement of muscle for forming facial expression. By preventing the formation of facial expressions it prevents the formation of wrinkles caused by facial expression.
Q: Do Botox Injections Hurt?
A: It is a quick nearly pain-free procedure that is performed after applying a numbing cream. Depending upon your own pain sensitivity you are likely to experience minor discomfort like a quick jab that is bearable to no pain at all.
Q: How can you tell if a person has botox injections done?
A: Botox works by freezing or temporarily paralyzing facial muscles that create facial expressions by pulling on the skin. This means that a person with botox injected will not be forming the laugh line even when they are laughing, and will be unable to frown when thinking hard or upset. These are the minor markers that you will be able to notice if you observe closely.
Q: Are the results immediately visible?
A: While it may vary for every individual, for most clients it takes three to five days for the effects of botox injection to really kick in.
Q: Are there any harmful effects of botox?
A: It is an FDA approved treatment and therefore very safe, however it is not recommended for pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and people with neurological issues to avoid any complications. Long term case studies done on individuals who received botox injection show there are no long term side-effects. You can experience temporary bruising, inflammation, redness or tenderness on the site of injection. These side effects will resolve on their own within the first 24 hours.
Q: Can a person in twenties get botox injections?
A: Yes, many youngsters these days are concerned about signs of ageing and delaying them and thus requesting botox. Since long term studies show there are practically no side effects of botox injection there is no harm in starting early on, in fact, sooner you start the better.
Q: How Long Does Botox Last Before I Need to get it redone?
A: This would vary for each individual but on average they last for 3 to 6 months. After some months your body will begin to metabolise the botox and the muscle movement will start returning slowly. Most individuals prefer to get botox injection readministered as soon as the last one starts wearing off.
Q: What happens if I choose to stop getting botox injections?
A: Many clients wonder and fear that if they couldn’t get a botox injection after it wears off or chose to stop getting botox, would their skin become dramatically wrinkled or will there be any withdrawal effects? That is not the case. Botox just temporarily prevents muscular movement and hence wrinkle formation, once the effect of botox wears off, your normal process of ageing will start again.
Q: Are botox really expensive?
A: They were initially when they were a red carpet treatment available only to celebrities, but over time with increased demand, they were made available and affordable for the public. However be wary if you are being offered a too good to be a true offer, chances are you are risking a sub-quality product or unqualified practitioner.
Q: Will my insurance cover for Botox Injection?
No, botox injections are not covered by any insurance company, so you will have to pay for them out of your own pocket.