Botox A-Z – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Getting Botox!

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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?

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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?

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he 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 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.

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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.
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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
  • Numbness
  • 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)
  • Fatigue
  • Rashes
  • Swelling

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Units Of Botox Will I Need?

This is akin to asking what dosage of medicine you need on the Internet. The exact dosage of Botox will be determined by your medical professional based on the severity of your wrinkles and folds, your previous Botox injections, and the look you want to achieve.

However, for your attention, here are the averages:

  • Botox For Forehead Wrinkles: 6-15 units
  • Botox for Frown Lines: 12-25 units
  • Botox For Crow Feet: 8-20 units per side
  • Botox Under Eyes: 2 units per side
  • Botox for the Corners of the Mouth: 3 units per side
  • Botox for Eyebrow Lift: 2-4 units per side
  • Botox for Bunny Nose: 2-6 units per side

On average, men’s dosing is double of the dosing above.

Can Botox Fix Uneven Eyebrows?

It is necessary first to examine why your brows are uneven. Sometimes it may be due to over plucking, so the issue can be solved with letting them grow and then reshaping them. If the cause lies in an imbalance of the muscles, it can be solved with a tiny amount of Botox to create the symmetry you desire.

Can I Do Botox At Home?

Please don’t! There are several reasons why we strongly advise against this practice.

While Botox can be obtained online, it doesn’t mean you should try injecting it yourself, or at a hand of an untrained friend or relative. Botox has many uses in medicine, and people purchasing it online will most probably use it as a treatment for muscle spasms.

The individual injecting Botox needs to have a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy. Botox needs to be injected precisely into the muscle. You don’t want it ending up anywhere else as it can cause severe medical issues.

Furthermore, besides the knowledge of facial anatomy, the person injecting Botox needs to know just how much you actually need. This will vary from patient to patient and will also depend on how much Botox you’ve already received in the recent past. Botox injections are definitely not a cookie cutter type of procedure. If you get too little, you won’t see any results. Get too much and you’ll end up in the ER. That’s why it’s essential to get your injections in a safe place from certified and licensed experts.

Third, an expert injecting Botox must have prior knowledge of what happens with Botox in the first several days following the procedure so that he or she can advise you appropriately.

Vibrant Skin Bar in the heart of Arcadia is a popular place to get Botox in Scottsdale/Phoenix. A majority of our staff is licensed and qualified administer Botox injections with years of experience under their belts. Stay safe and erase those stubborn wrinkles without the fear of affecting your health!

Who Can Administer Botox In Arizona?

In Arizona, only trained, licensed medical professionals are permitted to inject Botox. These include physicians, physician assistants, nurses, dentists, and nurse practitioners. A medical professional who wishes to inject Botox needs to attend a Botox Injection Training Course and complete the course with flying colors to become officially certified.

In Arizona, aestheticians and skin care specialist can’t legally perform Botox treatments.

Note that each state has its own regulations about Botox injections, so if you happen to travel to another state, be sure to check what the regulations for Botox are.

Can I Get Botox While Pregnant?

No relevant studies have been conducted on the connection between Botox and the development of the fetus. Because it is uncertain whether Botox can cause any abnormalities of the fetus, it is recommended that you refrain from these types of procedures during your pregnancy.

Can I Get Botox While Breastfeeding?

There is limited data on the connection between Botox injections and breastfeeding. Researchers are not entirely sure what harmful repercussions Botox might have on a baby if it consumes breastmilk that contains Botox particles – or whether Botox can even pass into breastmilk.

However, since it is proven that Botox can lead to botulism, your best bet is to refrain from Botox while breastfeeding.

When Can I Wash My Hair After Botox?

If the need arises to wash your hair post-procedure, that is completely fine – as long as you refrain from taking a hot shower. The temperature of the water should be mild, as the heat from the hot water increases blood flow to the face and is likely to cause the Botox to shift. An extensive and precise procedure might be ineffective as shifting can leave you with unnatural results. Luckily, getting Botox in Scottsdale/Phoenix means you will not need to warm up with a hot shower!

You should also avoid steam showers, soaking in a hot tub, cleansing your face with hot water, and saunas. Stay away from those for the first 24 hours after your Botox treatment.

Can I Wash My Face After Botox?

Similar to taking a hot shower – you may wash your face, but be wary of high temperatures. Only use water that’s cool or lukewarm, as that will prevent the shifting of the Botox.

You should also not be rubbing the affected areas excessively – keep pressure to the minimum to avoid swelling of the treated area.

24 hours post-procedure you can go back to your routine when it comes to facial cleansing.

Can I Take Ibuprofen After Botox?

If you’re feeling pain after the procedure, along with swelling of the treated area and headache, you can help manage the discomfort with a pain relieving drug.

We recommend our patients take Tylenol after their Botox injections. Tylenol is a trade name of acetaminophen, a non-steroid, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that inhibits the production of the hormone responsible for pain and inflammation.

Ibuprofen is also an NSAID, but it can increase bruising even if taken after the injections.

You can consume Tylenol every four to six hours, as needed.

It is important to note that you shouldn’t take NSAIDs prior to a Botox procedure. This includes not only ibuprofen, but also aspirin, naproxen sodium (Aleve), and several prescription drugs in the same family of medications. These drugs reduce the ability of blood clots from forming, so taking them before the procedure may cause excessive bleeding both during and after the procedure. Avoid ibuprofen and other drugs in this category four days before your Botox treatment.

Can I Work Out After Botox?

You can do light exercise such as stretching or weight lifting after Botox. On the other hand, during the first 24 hours after the treatment it is best to avoid cardio and activities that cause profuse sweating.

Don’t worry – you’ll be back on track in no time!

How Long After Botox Can I Lay Down?

Unfortunately, if you want to rest by lying down on a sofa, it wouldn’t be a great idea either.

Lying down is not recommended immediately after the Botox procedure as it can cause the Botox to migrate; furthermore, if you fall asleep, you might risk getting some pressure on the treated area or rubbing it accidentally.

The general advice is to wait at least four hours after getting Botox injections before lying down.

Can I Drink After Botox?

No data connects alcohol consumption with the success of Botox. However, we advise our patients to avoid alcohol 48 hours prior and the day of injections to try to prevent the chance of bruising.

Alcohol stimulates the relaxation and expansion of the blood vessels increasing blood flow throughout the body, which also applies to the areas near the surface of the skin. This is important because increased blood flow just beneath the surface means it is likely there will be bruising after just a tiny needle puncture that would typically heal right away. This is why your medical professional will insist you do not drink alcohol prior to your Botox treatment – you don’t want excessive bruising at the sites of the injections.

Alcohol also causes fluid retention, which may result in swelling and bloating.

If you undergo Botox injections before an important event, you might want to steer away from drinking, just in case.

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Botox Near Me: Prices

If you are a regular Botox patient and are looking for a reliable and professional place to get Botox in Scottsdale/Phoenix, why not join us at the Skin Vibe Tribe? We offer three amazing options:

  • Baby Botox

For $99 a month, you get 30 units to use every 3 months, or 120 to be used in a year.

  • Smooth Operator

For $139 a month, you get 45 units to use every 3 months, or 180 to be used in a year.

  • The Big Freeze

For $169 a month, you get 60 units to use every 3 months, or 240 units to use throughout the year.

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