What You Need to Know Before Getting Botox Injections

Botox is one of the most popular treatments for reducing lines and wrinkles that make you look older. A quick injection can have a dramatic effect on the smoothness and youthful appearance of your skin. However, it is completely understandable that individuals want to know any risks or side effects that a procedure may have, even with a product as safe as Botox. Here are some common questions provided by Skin NV medical spa in Tampa Bay that you may have before you get your first injection.

What is Botox and How is it Used?

Botox is a neurotoxin that is formally known as OnabotulinumtoxinA (botulinum toxin type A) and has been used safely to treat many medical conditions. In the cosmetic application, Botox is injected into areas that are prone to wrinkles and lines to relax the muscles through a gentle paralysis. The effect is a reduction in deep wrinkles and lines, particularly on the forehead, frown lines and crow’s feet around the eyes.

How Quickly are the Effects Noticeable?

Most people who receive Botox injections see an immediate difference in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. However, the full effects can take up to week to occur. Botox injections only need to be performed once every several months to sustain the effects.

What are the Side Effects?

Botox is well-tolerated by most people, with few side effects. The most common side effect is possible bruising at the injection site. This possibility can be reduced by stopping use of medications that thin the blood such as aspirin or ibuprofen about two weeks before the treatment. Other side effects that are less common are headaches, injection site pain or drooping of the eyelid or eyebrows.

Does Botox Prevent Wrinkles?

The answer is yes and no. The active ingredient in Botox does not prevent wrinkles; however, the reduction in movement in the muscles that cause wrinkles can have a preventive effect. Botox works to reduce the contraction of the muscles, giving a softer effect to your face and possibly reducing the formation of deeper lines in that same area.

Can Anyone Give a Botox Injection?

There are plenty of places that offer Botox injections, even individuals that throw “Botox parties” at their homes. While anyone can technically give a Botox injection, the better question is whether they can do so correctly, legally and safely. Botox injections are a medical procedure and should be performed in a medical setting. You want to ensure that the drug is pure and safe, and that the person doing the procedure is qualified to give Botox injections. Would you have your teeth worked on by anyone who wasn’t a dentist?

Botox cosmetic injections have given millions of people a younger, smoother faces, turning back the hands of time ten or even twenty years. It is one of the most requested cosmetic services in the world due to its effectiveness and safety. To have the best results, only receive Botox injections from a qualified and experienced medical skin professional.