Botox is a hot topic of discussion that can result in a lot of misconceptions and false information. Have you been searching for a more youthful version of yourself? Are you ready to find the best place to get Botox in Scottsdale/Phoenix? Then you probably want to gather all the pertinent info related to Botox injections so you can make an informed decision. Read on to find out more!
WHAT IS BOTOX AND HOW IS IT MADE?
Botox is a trade name of a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The toxin is called Botulinum toxin, hence the name Botox. This substance also has other brand names, such as Dysport and Xeomin, although those products are not interchangeable with Botox.
The bacterium is found in natural environments such as forests, lakes, and soils, as well as the intestinal tracts of some fish and mammals. Its toxin is highly poisonous in large amounts and it can cause botulism.
There’s no need to worry, though. In small, diluted amounts and controlled conditions, botulinum toxin can be injected into specific muscles and cause their controlled weakening. Botulinum toxin has found its use in treating various medical conditions, as well as in cosmetics, for which it is most popular. Not many people have heard of treating muscle spasms with Botox – but nearly everyone knows that it can smooth out wrinkles in some way!
HOW DOES BOTOX ACTUALLY WORK?
The human face has 43 muscles, and they contract every time you speak, eat, smile, frown, or make any other facial expression. When these muscles move, the skin moves with them, and over time this causes wrinkles.
When Botox is injected directly into the muscles, it blocks signals that are usually transmitted from your nerves. In the absence of these signals, the muscles stop contracting and become stiff, which forces the wrinkles to relax and soften.
Botox works well with wrinkles caused by muscle movements, such as frown wrinkles, crow feet (lines around the eye), and forehead lines. Unfortunately, Botox won’t influence wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity.
HOW IS THE BOTOX PROCEDURE PERFORMED?
Getting Botox remarkably takes a few minutes, and the procedure doesn’t require any anesthesia. Your injector may use an anesthetic cream and rub it directly on your skin to numb the area of injection. He or she will then inject Botox with a fine needle into specific muscles. It doesn’t hurt, but you may feel minor discomfort.
Once the procedure is complete, you will be back on your feet doing all your regular day-to-day activities! In other words, no downtime is required with this procedure.
You’ll notice the first results about three days after the procedure, and it takes about three to seven days for the injection to take full effect. In no time you will discover a new, fresh version of yourself.
Important: once you have a procedure scheduled for your Botox injection at our Scottsdale | Phoenix med spa, please refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages for a week prior to the treatment. Your medical professional might suggest that you stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications two weeks before the procedure to reduce bruising.
WHO CAN USE BOTOX?
If you want to improve the appearance of your wrinkles with Botox injections, you must be a healthy candidate and at least 18 years of age.
Some conditions will, unfortunately, disqualify you from getting an injection. You shouldn’t get Botox if you
• are pregnant or nursing
• have a neuromuscular disease
• have weakness in certain muscles on the face
• have skin problems
• have deep facial scars
• have very thick facial skin
• have asymmetrical facial features
• have drooping eyelids.
If you want to get Botox injections, be upfront with your medical professional about your medical history and all the medicines you are consuming: prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.
Your medical professional will decide whether you are the right candidate for Botox.
BOTOX INJECTION SITES: WHERE CAN BOTOX BE INJECTED?
The most common areas on people’s Botox wish list are frown lines (between the eyebrows), forehead lines, wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), and chin wrinkles.
Other wrinkles and lines can be better treated with the use of dermal fillers, either alone or combined with Botox. These include lines under the eye (tear through), lipstick lines, and neck wrinkles.
If you want to get rid of your bunny lines (lines on the top of the nose that appear when we crinkle our nose like, for example, when we sniff something), or droopy eyes, this may be achieved with Botox, but will require extra careful administration, as you don’t want an over-surprised look or your beautiful smile to be affected.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BOTOX INJECTIONS?
Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment worldwide: more than 6 million Botox treatments are administered each year!
The wrinkle-less effect of Botox will last for about three to six months. After that, the muscles will gradually return to their original state and the wrinkles will begin to re-appear.
Of course, if you like this temporary effect, you can book another treatment.
If you continue with Botox over time, your lines and wrinkles can appear less severe, because you’ll practically train your muscles to stop moving.
WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF BOTOX INJECTIONS?
Some people worry that if they stop using Botox, their wrinkles will end up looking worse than they were previously. If you stop treating your wrinkles with Botox, they will go back to their original state. You might, however, feel that they have worsened: that’s because you will have gotten used to their Botox-look.
On the other hand, when one area is treated, another muscle around the area can strengthen and take over the job of the treated area. For example, if you’ve had too much Botox in the forehead and want to frown, the activity will be concentrated on the top of your nose, creating new wrinkles in this area. This is called recruitment. That’s why you shouldn’t go overboard with your Botox injections, and make sure you seek the proper medical assistance before going through with this type of procedure.
Botox needs to be redone if you like its effect. There’s no need to undergo Botox injections more than four times a year, at most – and that’s only if you experience the results fading away after three months. However, after a while, you will see that you will need less Botox to maintain the same results as before.
It’s important not to overdo it, as too much Botox can weaken your muscles. Remember recruitment? Having too much Botox in one area can strengthen another area and create new wrinkles.
To determine your correct dosage, make sure to discuss it with your Botox administrator.
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
- When found in its natural environment, Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that makes botulinum toxin, is largely inactive and non-toxic.
- Just one gram of the toxin, however, could kill over 1 million people. A two-pound amount could wipe out the entire human population of our planet!
- Botox can also treat migraines, muscular disorders, excessive sweating, and some bladder and bowel disorders.
- Botulism, an illness caused by the toxin, can cause failure to the respiratory system, and have fatal repercussions.
IS BOTOX SAFE AND WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF BOTOX INJECTIONS?
Botox is a relatively safe procedure, as long as a qualified medical professional performs the injections. This will ensure you are getting the right amount in the right area in the safest manner.
Getting Botox from someone who doesn’t have the necessary qualifications and experience could lead to myriad issues you didn’t sign up for, such as asymmetrical results, frozen expressions, muscle drooping, and other dangerous consequences – so it’s not worth the cash you might save.
Here at Vibrant Skin Bar, you will get your injection from qualified experts who will help you determine for the right treatment customized just for you to get optimal results.
The most common side effect of Botox is bruising, though it won’t affect all patients. Headaches are a rare side effect. If you get them, they will resolve in 24-48 hours. A tiny percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping that will gradually correct itself in approximately three weeks.
In extremely rare cases, side-effects can include the following:
- Difficulty in swallowing, speaking and breathing
- Mild pain
- Temporary weakness
- Neck weakness
- Mild nausea
- Flu-like illness
- Double vision
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Bleeding (in case the doctor injects too deep and hits a blood vessel)
We need to emphasize that these are infrequent. Generally speaking, all medical procedures and medicines can have side-effects: taking ibuprofen can, theoretically speaking, have side-effects.
Make sure you are undergoing the procedure in a certified place by a licensed professional who is experienced, prepared, will use the ideal dosage, and administer the procedure properly. This will decrease the possibilities for any side effects. Side effects are usually minimal
anyway, and some patients may not experience any at all.
Most of our patients have undergone Botox in less than half an hour: you can come in for the procedure during a lunch break, and go right back to work!
If you do experience some of the side effects, please reach out to your doctor immediately.