Botox® remains one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments performed each year. Even with this kind of popularity, however, it’s normal to feel skeptical about it – especially when it comes to getting your wallet out. The fact is, Botox remains widely popular and the biggest name in the cosmetic industry for a reason. Here’s what to know about it and why it’s a great investment in your confidence.
HOW BOTOX WORKS
Botox actually works using some pretty impressive science. It’s made from a fermented form of bacteria called botulinumtoxin type A. When injected into a muscle, it blocks chemical receptors in the nerves and prevents movement, relaxing and paralyzing the muscle. The biggest benefit of this process is that it can relax furrows and tension in the muscles of the face that cause creases and lines over time (called dynamic wrinkles).
WHAT IS BOTOX USED FOR?
Botox has been in use as a medical treatment for a long time – it’s only within recent decades that it has become popular as a cosmetic treatment. Botox is FDA-approved for cosmetic treatment of crow’s feet, “11” lines, and frown lines. However, many providers use Botox “off-label” for many other areas like the mouth, brows, jawline, neck, and many more.
DOES BOTOX REALLY WORK?
Botox is one of the most well-known names in the cosmetic industry for a reason. There are a few ways you can ensure you get the most out of your Botox treatment, including:
- Finding an experienced injector: Not all Botox providers are created equal – depending on your area, there may be little to no restrictions on what kind of medical professional can administer Botox near me. Make sure to find a reputable med spa or dermatologist to administer your Botox so you have the best chance of good results and a safe procedure.
- Having realistic expectations: Although Botox can do a lot, it can’t transform your look. Botox is best for creating a refreshed and youthful version of yourself. If you have extensive signs of aging or want to look like someone else, Botox may not be able to achieve the results you’re hoping for.
- Keep in mind the timeframe: For most patients, Botox lasts for 3-4 months before re-treatment is needed. Botox is not a long-term solution, so it’s worth considering whether you want to invest in treatments every 3-4 months or look for a more permanent solution. Additionally, it takes 1-2 weeks for Botox to begin taking hold, so you’ll have to be patient before judging your results.
- Follow your injector’s instructions: Botox is not without risk, and your injector’s aftercare instructions are designed to help you achieve your ideal results with minimal side effects. This includes keeping away from extensive activity, massaging the area, and laying down after your procedure. Follow the given instructions and your Botox will be successful.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
Your next step in learning more about how Botox can help is by meeting with our experienced injectables team. To get started, contact our Pewaukee office by calling or filling out our online form.
Dr. Deborah Manjoney is a board-certified surgeon and physician with extensive training, including cardiothoracic surgery. She founded the Wisconsin Vein Center & MediSpa in 2002, where she specializes in vein treatments and minimally invasive aesthetic procedures. Dr. Manjoney is nationally recognized, having spoken at conferences, received awards, and contributed to medical publications.