Are you looking to get some Botox? Maybe a friend or family member got Botox recently and you are loving their results and now you want to see if it is right for you. If you are considering getting Botox and want to know more about it, Open Door Med Spa would love to share the basics and see if it is right for you!
What is Botox?
Let’s start with what Botox is and what it does. Botox is one of the more popular cosmetic treatments with over six million administrated each year. Botox is an injection that is designed to restrict and inhibit muscle movement. The concept behind Botox is that inhibiting facial muscles will help prevent and slow down wrinkles and fine lines. The name Botox comes from botulous which is what Botox is made from. Botulous is a poison that has the ability to paralyze and even kill with the proper dosage. However, Botox is a purified low dose formula that doesn’t cause any harm. It only prevents or restricts muscle movement that causes fine lines and wrinkles. It is a natural and safe method to slow down the aging of the skin.
What are the Best Uses for Botox?
Botulinum toxin injections or Botox is mostly used for cosmetic purposes, but it also has other medical uses as well. Most commonly, Botox is used to slow down the development of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox is also used for other problems such as excessive sweating, neck spasms, overactive bladder and lazy eye. Some people may even get Botox injections to help combat chronic migraines. There are a number of different and medically beneficial applications for Botox, so it is not just cosmetic. Botox injections are able to block certain chemical signals from the nervous system, mostly the signal to contract muscles. With Botox, the muscles are relaxed and will not deaden or kill the muscle. It is safe and as stated, is used for many different reasons, including softening and relaxing the face.
What to Expect from Botox for the First Time?
Botox is essentially an injection that is targeted to certain areas and muscles in the face or needed areas. As the injection themselves are not too painful, most doctors will still use a numbing agent or an ice massage to make the experience a bit more pleasant. Most people will not feel anything from the injections. During the procedure you will receive a number of injections by small intervals of Botox to the muscle groups you want to relax. Once the injection process is complete, you will need to avoid rubbing the site of the Botox for a few days to prevent spreading the Botox to undesired areas. However, there is no downtime or recovery. The effects of the Botox injection are immediate. Botox injections will dissipate over time where you will need to schedule another Botox treatment. Botox on average will last between 4 to 6 months.