New to Botox? Here’s What You Need to Know

Is it getting harder and harder to ignore those wrinkles where there once was smooth, youthful skin? Wrinkles and lines are a natural part of aging, sure, but we all know that we don’t actually have to accept them if we don’t want to.

If you are considering taking action to seek out smoother skin, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about embarking on the Botox journey.

Common Botox Questions

Botox may be the first treatment you think of when you consider anti-aging procedures. This is for good reasons; it is popular, effective, and accessible. Of course, it is understandable that you want to be informed before considering injectables or any other anti-aging treatment.

What is Botox, Exactly?

Botox is a brand name for a neuromodulator used to fade wrinkles and prevent new ones from forming. There are other brands and types of neuromodulators, including another common brand, Dysport.

You may have heard Botox referred to as a “toxin,” and that is accurate. Botox is a carefully developed and diluted form of Botulinum Toxin, which has a paralytic effect, hence its ability to inhibit muscle contractions.

Is Botox Safe?

Injecting a toxin may sound scary, but when done by a trained professional using an FDA-approved formulation such as Botox and Dysport, this treatment is considered very safe. As we mentioned, the serum used in wrinkle treatment is diluted and used in safe amounts so that the effect is to inhibit muscle contraction but cause no damage to the body.

How Does Botox Reduce Wrinkles?

Even if you understand that Botox prevents muscle contractions, you may wonder what that has to do with wrinkles. While there are other contributing factors to wrinkles, the muscle contractions that occur when making facial expressions are a big one.

By inhibiting these contractions and relaxing muscles, Botox and Dysport reduce the appearance of existing lines and wrinkles over time. In addition (and perhaps even better), neuromodulators help stop wrinkles from getting worse and prevent new ones from forming.

Will I Look “Fake”?

Botox sometimes gets a bad reputation for making people look expressionless or frozen. When you choose a reputable and experienced injector and customize a treatment plan for your individual goals, your Botox or Dysport results should be subtle and natural-looking.

When is the Best Age to Get Botox?

You do not have to wait until wrinkles get deep and noticeable to start Botox treatment. In fact, many patients choose to begin Botox as a preventative treatment in their 30s. Once wrinkles form, Botox may not be able to fade them entirely. Although if you already have lines and wrinkles, Botox can be used to reduce their visibility as well as to prevent worsening wrinkles. It can also be used in combination with other treatments, such as dermal fillers, to maximize results.

Will Botox Hurt?

Botox is injected into the treatment area, often to multiple sites, with a very thin needle. A topical anesthetic can be used to numb the area, making Botox and Dysport treatments virtually painless. Once the actual treatment is complete, your face may feel different, and a little “funny” since the muscles will be relaxed, but this sensation is not painful at all, and you should adjust very quickly.

Ready For Younger-Looking Skin?

Neuromodulator injections are used by millions worldwide. They are a tried and trusted way to reduce wrinkles and prevent the signs of aging.

Are you are ready to reduce your wrinkles with Botox or Dysport? If so, or if you have more questions about these treatments, book a consultation with our expert injectors today!


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