No matter your age or gender, fine lines, and wrinkles can become a pain when you try to express yourself. Drooping eyelids, severe frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead lines lead to a seemingly older, more tired, or angrier appearance than you may feel. For over 2 decades, healthcare professionals have been using Botox to help people look more youthful with smoother complexions thanks to its revolutionary formula. Here’s how First State Med Spa can help you look younger in pictures and the mirror with once-quarterly Botox injections:
What is Botox?
Botox is the most well-known brand name of a formula with the active ingredient of a botulinum toxin product, a neuromodulator that inhibits the nerve signals emitted by the nervous system around the injection site. Botox, or the botulinum toxin has been used for many years both for cosmetic treatment and medical purposes to improve certain disorders or health conditions.
Botox doesn’t completely paralyze the muscle in the areas it’s injected into, but rather dampens the nerve endings in the treatment area, reducing the number of facial wrinkles, forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines on the surface of the skin.
What Conditions Can Botox Treat?
As mentioned, Botox treats so-called dynamic wrinkles, or wrinkles that appear when your facial muscles contract or expand. These are different from wrinkles or folds that appear due to age and volume loss.
Botox is best known for treating the following conditions:
- Crow’s feet
- Glabellar lines (also called 11 lines or frown lines between the brows)
- Forehead lines
- Smile lines around the mouth
- Puckered chin creases
- Droopy eyelids
Botox is a precision formula, meaning it requires specific, small doses of the substance to create the ideal effect. Patients may need a few rounds of botulinum toxin injections, and actual patients with optimal results trust only a certified healthcare provider, like the physicians and trained injectors at First State Med Spa with their Botox treatment.
The Botox Procedure
When you arrive for your first Botox consultation, you’ll receive a clinical evaluation by our staff and provide your medical history along with any medical conditions. They will then recommend the appropriate number of sessions, and botulinum toxin type, and answer any questions regarding treatments.
For Botox injections, you’ll have the option of receiving a topical numbing agent to make this nearly painless procedure even more tolerable, otherwise, you’ll simply receive the injections in the desired areas. Once the procedure is over, First State Med Spa will explain how to care for your injection sites, what to avoid doing – such as strenuous exercise – and for how long the aforementioned rest should ensue for optimal results.
Results and Recovery from Botox
There is no downtime required following a Botox cosmetic procedure, which is part of what makes it such an appealing procedure for so many of our patients. The most common side effects are minimal and usually consist of mild swelling or bruising along with mild pain at the Botox injection site. Be sure to note any serious side effects or unusual allergic reactions. Tell First State about any prescription medicine you are taking before the procedure.
Botox usually takes effect within a week or two and lasts for up to four months. Most patients schedule regular touch-up appointments every few months according to their provider’s recommendations to continue enjoying their smoother, more youthful complexion.
Schedule Your Botox Consultation Today
Whether you’re just now getting interested in Botox or need a reliable provider, First State Med Spa is here to help. Our expertise and friendly care team make it both easy to join and enjoyable to return to our facility, no matter if you seek treatment for cosmetic purposes or medical help. Call us or contact us online if you have any questions or want to know more about our offerings for injectables or any other services. We’re happy to help!
Can Botox age you?
No, Botox helps decrease the look of aging.
How long does Botox last?
Every patient is different, but on average, Botox lasts 3 to 6 months.
What age should I start Botox?
The moment you notice the start of wrinkles is a great time to start your Botox injections. Botox is preventative, therefore the earlier you start, the less wrinkles will appear through time!
What is Botox used for?
Botox is used for many different purposes. Most commonly, it is used to prevent and treat wrinkles. Other purposes include migraines, jaw clenching, and hyperhidrosis!
Can I have wine after Botox?
It is advised to avoid alcohol for 24 hours after receiving Botox, as alcohol can thin the blood and cause more bruising.
Can I go for a walk after Botox?
Walks are fine! As long as you keep sweating to a minimum, there should be no adverse effects. Excessive sweating can cause the Botox to lose effect because it is exiting the body through sweat glands.
What do I need to know before getting botox?
Avoid any Vitamins, Fish Oil, Alcohol, and Aspirin at least 24 hours before receiving Botox. These can cause bruising during and after the procedure.
What are the bad side effects of Botox?
Some negative side effects of Botox include bruising, swelling, uneveness, or ineffectiveness. Bruising and swelling can be prevented by avoiding blood thinners before your injections and taking Arnica before and after your treatment. Arnica can be obtained in our office.
Is Botox good for under eye wrinkles?
Botox can help minimize movement under the eyes, therefore minimizing wrinkles. Although we recommend treating the under eyes with PRP or microneedling, Botox can still be beneficial!
What should you not do after Botox?
Any strenuous activities can wear off Botox prematurely if done before 24 hours after your treatment. Touching the face or making harsh facial movements can cause the Botox to move into an area that it was not injected into. Avoiding blood thinners and alcohol is also important to minimize bruising. If you find your bruises are prominent, fresh pineapple is a miracle worker!
Can Botox cause weight gain?
Botox does not cause weight gain.
Can Botox help sinuses?
Recently, studies have shown that Botox can help relive sinus pressure and other symptoms of seasonal allergies for up to 8 weeks!
Can Botox lift eyebrows?
Yes! By injecting a small amount of Botox under the brow, it can help to subtly lift the brow.
Does Botox make you look older after it wears off?
Actually, Botox does the opposite! It can actually prevent aging with regular use.
Does Botox make you shiny?
If Botox is placed in the forehead, especially overdone in the forehead, is can cause the skin to appear shiny. This is because Botox is made to prevent lines and wrinkles with paralysis, therefore making the skin very smooth.
Is 50 too old for Botox?
No way! Botox can be used on any age, though the most popular age range is between 25 and 50 years old.
Can you drink coffee after Botox?
For about 24 to 48 hours after your injections, you should avoid caffeine, alcohol, spicy foods, high sugar, and cigarettes because they can contribute to swelling.
Does Botox affect the brain?
A small study did find that Botox in the forehead can have an affect on how people process others emotions. This should not push you away from the treatment, though, as it is a very rare side effect and little research has been done on the topic.
Is Botox a poison?
Botox is made with a toxin that can be poisonous to the body if used in massive quantities. It is nearly impossible to be poisoned by cosmetic Botox injections.
Is Botox a steroid?
No, Botox is a purified protein made of botulinum toxin.
Should I move my face after Botox?
It is recommended to move your face around after Botox injections in order to help the toxin reach the necessary cells.
Who should not get Botox?
Those who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, breastfeeding, allergic to cows milk protein or have a neurological disease should not get Botox.