We have all probably seen horror stories in the tabloids on botox treatments gone wrong. Although the tabloid news stories tend to be exaggerations, this can be nonetheless scary for those who are uninformed. The truth, however, is that botox treatments are very safe and rarely go wrong. In this piece, we list some of the most frequently asked questions from those who are considering botox treatments for the first time, so that you can make an informed decision and achieve your beauty goals.
What are botox injections?
Botox is a neurotoxin liquid that is injected to prevent muscle function, thus preventing ugly lines, like wrinkles, that appear on our face as we grow older. Removing these wrinkles through botox will help us look younger and more refreshed. Better yet, it is a quick and non-invasive treatment that can be conducted after a quick medical examination by a doctor to ensure that you are physically healthy, and that you will have no allergic reaction to the chemicals used in the treatment.
What can I expect after botox injections?
You can expect to see your wrinkles start to vanish 3-5 days after the injections, with the full effect of the injection taking hold 10 days after the injections. The effects of the botox injections will last 3-4 months, and possibly even up to 6 months.
One of the most common areas for botox injections is on the forehead because it is one of the most conspicuous spots on one’s face. People like having botox injections on their forehead because having wrinkles there can make you appear much older or angrier than you really are. Other popular areas for botox injections help remove the crow’s feet at the corner of one’s eyes and the frown line at the corner of one’s mouth, which likewise can make you appear much older than you really are.
Is botox painful?
At their worst, botox injections only hurt as much as any other injection would. Botox injections are merely tiny and almost painless pricks, just like any other injection we have gone through before. Depending on the assessment by the doctor, numbing medicine, in the form of a cream, can also be applied over the area where the injections are taking place, removing any pain from the treatment. Some clinics can also provide patients who are nervous with a stress ball to squeeze, hence relaxing them and taking their mind off the process.
Are botox injections suitable only for women?
Of course not! While botox injections are extremely popular amongst women, men are increasingly aware of the way they present themselves in social and professional situations. Furthermore, stigma against men who receive aesthetic treatment is falling. Unlike women, men who seek botox treatments are not as concerned about looking younger as they are about looking more refreshed. Nonetheless, the same botox injections that prevent crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles can also be used to help men achieve their beauty goals.
Are botox injections 100% safe?
Yes, botox injections are very safe as long as they are administered by a certified healthcare professional who knows not only which muscles to target, but also which area of the muscles should be targeted so that your face looks naturally younger and uplifted. It is important that you be discerning when choosing a clinic for your botox treatment because the training process and the experience level of those administering the injection can vary greatly. While problems are rare, you would also want an experienced medical professional on hand to assist you so that they can be remedied immediately and effectively should any arise.
There are also some people who believe that botox injections are harmful because of the neurotoxins that will be injected. However, we must remember that all the chemical liquids for the injections are manufactured under sterile conditions and have been rigorously tested and certified safe by health authorities before they can be used for treatment.
What are the possible side effects of botox injections?
Temporary discomfort and bruising are possible side effects from botox injections. Other side effects include headache and flu-like symptoms, but these will fade after just a day or two. While these are minor and temporary side effects, you should nonetheless inform your doctor about them so they can give you medical advice and provide further medical attention if necessary.