10 Reasons NOT to Be Afraid of Botox
Botox, that topic that everyone has a different opinion on. Some say it will mess with your face, others have made of it a religion. "What if someone notices"? "What if it doesn't work?" you ask yourself. Well, Ladies and gents (yes, you too) here are our 10 top reasons not be afraid of Botox.
- Botox won’t make your look fake: You would be surprised at how many people you have met that have Botox and you don't know about. Botox can look fake and plastic when its overdone or retouched too frequently. The purpose of getting Botox is to smooth out lines and give a fresh look. Sadly, many patients have the expectation of looking 20 years younger and asking physicians to inject more than necessary. Remember, less is more. You can keep your expressions and beautiful smile by asking for light injections.
- Botox fits on a modest budget: Offices charge for Botox in two ways - either by "area" or by "unit”. If you want to save more money, opt for paying by units instead of area. When you pay by units you have better control on the quantity that is applied to you and has a price that fits your need. Not all patients need the same amount of certain areas. It varies patient to patient, therefore pay for the exact units your physician recommends.Too broke for Botox? Well, how much do you spend on your hair every six weeks? How much about make-up and skin care? How much on your daily Almond Latte? Believe it or not a unit of Botox ranges between $10-$16. By cutting your daily coffee or monthly makeup subscription, you can certainly be able to purchase Botox units. Botox treatments are retouched every 3-4 months at first, and then every 6 months. Yes, way longer than retouching your hair roots.
- Botox doesn’t hurt; the dentist needle hurts more: Any injection hurts, but the needles used for Botox injections are very small, so the pain is usually minimal. Before getting an injection, ask your physician to numb the area with a topical anesthetic cream or cold pack for 10-20 minutes, so you may not feel much pain if any. Also, keep in mind that Botox needles are smaller than filler ones, therefore don’t always assume that any needle on Facebook or Instagram is for Botox. The Botox needles are similar to “acupuncture needles”.
- Botox takes less than 30 minutes: Have you ever heard about getting Botox during lunch break? Well, it’s true. Botox treatments take about 15-30 minutes to be performed and the results are almost immediate. You can return to work and all regular activities immediately, with no downtime.
- There is no downtime: Botox does not leave any scarring or marks. However, some patients may experience some slight bruising in the treatment area. This can be covered with makeup and is usually very minor. Any side effects typically fade in a day or two.
- There is no Social Stigma: Years ago, only Hollywood celebrities got Botox. Nowadays, Botox has become a staple in beauty maintenance routines, something as essential as keeping highlights bright and never skipping a mani. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in 2015, 64 percent of plastic surgeons saw an increase in young people under age 30 getting aesthetic procedures like Botox. People have become more aware of the use of Botox for prevention.
- Botox is safe: Botox is FDA approved and has been so since 2002, so you don’t have to worry about it being unregulated. In fact, one review of 6,200 injections performed by licensed dermatologists in 2011 found only two cases with negative side effects (bruising and eyelid drooping). In other words, Botox itself is safe, what’s not safe are non-certified injectors. “Neurotoxin injections require much more knowledge than most people think,” cautions Thomas Walker, MD, a board-certified head and neck surgeon and facial plastic surgeon in Atlanta. “I like comparing these treatments to food and a chef. One can buy the same quality food item in a grocery store and have it prepared by a 3-star Michelin chef or a fast food chain. It is not the neurotoxin that makes the difference, but rather the knowledge, training, and skill of the injector.”
- No one will know; just you and your injector: People will notice your refreshed appearance. They will notice smooth skin. Remember, unlike fillers, Botox does not voluminises your face, it works by paralyzing your muscles.
- It works: Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften. Botox results will not appear instantly. It takes 5 to 7 days before the effects of Botox start to work and for you to start to see a reduction in the lines and wrinkles on the face. It takes 2 weeks to see the full expression of the treatment with Botox that you get.
- Is non-invasive and preventive as well as cosmetic: “Botox is being used more and more frequently by people trying to do preventative treatments. Waiting until lines become etched into the skin means it's much more difficult to smooth their appearance again. Botox is used for lines and wrinkles that are formed by muscle movement such as scowling (creates lines between brows), raising the eyebrows (creates horizontal lines) and squinting (contributes to crow’s feet). Often by starting Botox preventatively, people, and their muscles, can actually learn to not make certain faces and expressions and contribute to worsening their lines. By not making certain expressions in the future, or making them less often, you may actually need less Botox or need it less often”. - Grant Stevens, MD, Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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