Botox is an injectable neuromodulator that works to relax nerve-muscle imbalance. In other words: Wherever its injected, Botox causes the underlying muscles to temporarily stop moving. When the muscles stop moving, the wrinkles stop forming. But is it really that simple? Not to mention, safe?
You’ve probably heard of people using it before they even have any fine lines, in order to prevent their development in the first place. Or, maybe you’ve seen images of unnaturally frozen-looking faces that have turned you off to Botox altogether. Despite the immense and continually growing popularity of Botox and other brand names, the cosmetic injectables industry still presents many unknowns and inconsistencies.
As such, it’s always wise to do your research before going under the needle. To answer all of our collective questions, we consulted a slew of experts to break down all things Botox.
What are the benefits of Botox®?
Botox® injectable offers several advantages such as:
- Quick treatment, easy to fit into any schedule
- No downtime
- Minor, temporary side effects…if any
- Procedure does not appear ‘frozen’ or fake
- Subtle improvement, without signs you have ‘had work done’
- Proven safe and effective
How does Botox® work?
On the day of your treatment your medical professional will review your individual care plan. The treatment will take 15-20 minutes. Discomfort is minimal. You may experience small amounts of bruising at the injection site. The skin might be slightly red following treatment, and you may have raised areas where injections occur lasting 10-15 minutes (these raised areas, are not swelling or inflammation, it is the fluid that Botox® is mixed in, and will be absorbed quickly by the body) There is no downtime with treatment. The binding process typically takes three days to two weeks, to see the full results. Results from Botox® last 3-4 months. If you discontinue treatment, the wrinkles gradually return and look as they did before treatment.
Botox® results are different for everyone, and can vary due to:
- Individual facial expressions
- Environmental exposure
- Home care
Your Define professional will want your head elevated for 4 hours following treatment. (No, downward dog, or body massage following treatment!)
Will my facial expressions look natural?
The results of Botox® will show visible improvement without radical change to your facial appearance. The muscle activity that causes the lines is simply reduced, so that you can still show expression without the wrinkles and creases.
Is Botox® safe?
Botox is an FDA-approved product that is safe when injected by a properly trained, experienced injector. As with all medical treatments there is a certain degree of risk. On consultation your Strella professional will review all adverse reactions and or risk.
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