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What You Might Not Know About Botox®

July 4, 2019

It’s very likely that you’ve at least heard of Botox®– it’s the most popular non-surgical treatment performed each year around the country. However, many patients who opt for Botox have only a surface-level understanding of what it is and what it can do. That’s okay! Botox can produce some great results in the hands of an experienced injector, regardless of what you know about Botox. As you schedule your treatment session, here are some things to know about Botox and your treatment process.

Your injector might mark your skin

Although this depends on your individual injector, it can sometimes be helpful for your aesthetician to mark the specific muscle movement origins on your skin for a more precise injection process. This can help your injector specify where the muscle contraction is greatest, even when you’re relaxed.

You might experience some small, temporary bumps

Botox comes in a powder form which is diluted with a saline solution just before injection. When the product is placed under the surface of the skin, it can create a small bump for a few minutes or so while the saline is absorbed into the muscle beneath. These bumps go away quickly, however, so you can get right back to your scheduled activities.

It starts to work immediately

Although it’s common advice to wait around one week before expecting final results, Botox does begin going to work just after injection. When it’s injected underneath the skin, it begins to block muscle contractions and becomes more effective over the course of a few days before its effectiveness plateaus.

Botox has a different onset time than other options

It might surprise you to know that Botox alternatives exist on the market, and you’ve got a few options. Jeuveau™, Dysport®, and Xeomin® are three other neuromodulators that offer different perks than Botox, and one factor is the amount of time it takes to produce full results.

Your treatment areas won’t be the same as your friend’s

One of the best things about Botox is its customizability when it comes to addressing different concerns. Although someone you know might have had treatment with Botox for one area, you might benefit from treatment in another area. Even two treatments for the same area will slightly differ in their injection points and muscles it addresses.

It can prevent future wrinkles

One trend that has emerged recently is prejuvenation, or proactive cosmetic treatments (as opposed to rejuvenation, which is reactive). Botox is one great way to prevent the formation of future wrinkles caused by facial movements and expressions.

It can smooth your skin

When your muscles no longer undergo their regular movements, your skin is left feeling smooth and soft. In fact, Botox is so effective at improving skin quality that it’s become a staple in Korean skincare (called micro-Botox or skin Botox).

It’s possible to become resistant to Botox

Since Botox works by inhibiting chemical signals, it’s possible for this process to become less effective over time as your body becomes resistant to its effects. Unfortunately, this can mean that you require more product as time goes on. However, there’s a lot of debate among experts on whether this is a widespread phenomena or anecdotal.

Schedule a Consultation

Botox is an extremely popular and effective option for facial rejuvenation without downtime. To begin discussing your options with an experienced injector, contact our Scottsdale office by calling or filling out our online form.

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