Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, and it’s been around for more than 25 years. It’s a quick, low-risk procedure with few side effects.
Botox is a neurotoxin, botulinum toxin, injected into the muscles where it blocks the release of acetylcholine that causes muscle contractions. It is mainly used to paralyze the muscles temporarily. It tightens areas to reduce the appearance of forehead lines and eye wrinkles and gives the face a more relaxed and youthful look. It can also shape calves and traps for a slimmer body contour.
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Benefits of Botox:
- Reducing the appearance of wrinkles and lines on the skin
- Reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and other fine lines
- Softening frown lines
- Reducing the appearance of under-eye bags
- Treating excessive sweating
Targeted areas during a botox treatment:
- Frown line
- Crows feet
- Eye wrinkles
Anti-Wrinkle Botox (Forehead, Eye Wrinkles, Frownline)
Botox can reduce wrinkles in the face, such as:
- On the forehead
- Sides of the eyes
- Between the brows
- Around the mouth
There are two main reasons why you have wrinkles on your forehead or around your eyes:
- Dynamic wrinkles: It is caused by overworked or overused muscles
- Static wrinkles: It is caused by environmental factors such as sun damage or gravity
You will be given two numbing options: using a topical cream or using ice. By numbing the targeted area, you will be relieved from the fear that Botox injections might hurt. However, you might notice a little stinging, but most patients do not experience it at all.
How long do results last?
You can expect results to show up to 1-2 weeks after getting the treatment. It will typically last for 3-6 months. To maintain the effect of Botox, we recommend receiving another Botox treatment every 3-4 months.
Jaw Botox, or Masseter Botox, is one of the most popular treatments to improve your face shape without surgery. It injects Botox along your jawline to relax the masseter muscle, resulting in a slimmer and more contoured jawline.
This procedure is ideal for people who often grind their teeth and have jaw pain.
Jaw Botox may be or may not be necessary for you. It depends on the doctor’s assessment if it will benefit you or not. The doctor first examines the size and location of your Masseter muscle. If the doctor assesses that it is necessary for you, around 50 to 100 units of Botox are injected into your masseter muscle.
Since it is quick and easy, you will not experience any pain, redness, or marks on the treated area.
Advantages of Jaw Botox:
- Immediate results: You will notice the results after two weeks
- No downtime: Minimal to no side effects
- Pain-free: You will not experience any discomfort during the procedure
- Avoid alcohol, smoking, and strenuous activities for a couple of days
- Do not eat sticky and hard-to-chew foods for a week
Skin Botox is an effective treatment for improving the skin’s elasticity and texture. It also reduces the appearance of enlarged pores and wrinkles. Moreover, it can reduce excess sebum production and facial redness, which is ideal for people with oily skin, acne-prone skin, and pigmentation. You can have more youthful-looking skin after getting a skin botox.
The usual procedure of Botox works by injecting botox into the muscle to treat wrinkles and improve facial contour. For skin botox, the same botulinum toxin is used; however, it is injected into the outer layer of the skin to target the different parts of the face (such as pores) and create a smoothing and lifting effect.
How long does Skin Botox last?
The results last around 2-3 months. It lasts about the same amount of time as a classic Botox procedure.
Body Botox: Traps, Calves (100 unit)
Broad traps, and thick calf muscles can be because of genetics or physical activities. Some of us are naturally born with it or are developed over time due to exercise. Botox can drastically help slim down and improve the appearance of your traps and calves by relaxing your calf and shoulder muscles.
Trap and Calf Botox is ideal for people with larger muscles in their lower legs and shoulders. Botox for trap and calf is recommended only if the cause of your enlarged calves and broad shoulders is hypertrophy. However, if the reason has excessive subcutaneous fat, we do not recommend getting a botox treatment.
How many sessions are needed?
We recommend receiving a session of botox treatment every 3-6 months.
- Avoid touching your face. We highly advise you to not touch any parts of the face and body that are injected with Botox for several days because the toxin might spread and affect the effectiveness of the Botox.
- Do not drink alcohol. We recommend our patients avoid drinking alcohol for 24 hours because it will only increase the risk of bruising and swelling. You should wait at least 24 hours after getting a Botox injection before drinking alcohol again.
- Do not get other skin treatments. Like other procedures, your skin and muscle need to recover fully. We do not recommend applying other skin treatments (such as facials, dermal fillers, exfoliating scrubs, and facial massages).
- Avoid sun exposure. We do not recommend exposing the treated area to the sun for 24 to 48 hours. If you are immediately exposed to the sun or got too much sun exposure, you might experience bruising, redness, flushing, and increased blood pressure.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many sessions are needed for a botox treatment?
The number of sessions you’ll need for Botox depends on your targeting areas and how severe your wrinkles are. Most people need around three sessions to achieve the desired results. However, it’s important to remember that every person is different, so it’s best to speak to a specialist about what you can expect.
Who is a good candidate for Botox?
The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation with a qualified dermatologist. During your consultation, the doctor will ask about your medical history and current skincare routine. They will also perform a physical examination to determine if you are a good candidate for Botox.
The main factors determining whether someone is a good candidate for Botox are age, skin type, and muscle activity. Generally, people between 18 and 65 are good candidates for Botox. However, there are exceptions depending on the individual’s skin type and muscle activity. For example, people with oily skin may find that Botox lasts longer than those with dry skin. And people with excessive muscle activity (like smokers) may need more frequent treatments than those with less muscle activity.
What can you expect after getting a botox treatment?
Generally, you can expect some minor swelling and redness around the injection site. This should go away within a few days. You may also experience discomfort, but this is usually minor and goes away quickly.
Most people see results within a few days of their treatment, but the full effects will take two to four weeks. During this time, it’s important to avoid any strenuous activities that might cause you to sweat, as this can affect the results of your treatment. It would talk about 1-3 days to recover.
Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to ensure the best possible results.