Ask the Experts: Answering Your Botox Questions

April 28th, 2020 6:56am

Patient receiving a Botox injection

Aging is a wonderful thing. What isn’t so wonderful about it are the visible signs of aging: sagging skin, fine lines, and wrinkles. If you’ve been looking for an effective way to rejuvenate your skin, you’ve probably considered Botox

For decades now, specialists have been utilizing Botox to effectively battle these annoying signs of aging among other benefits. The procedure usually only takes a few minutes and does not require any anesthesia. It’s considered one of the most popular, effective, and minimally invasive age defying procedures in the world. 

In this edition of Ask the Experts, we will be answering all the Botox FAQs under the sun. Let’s dive in!

What are the most common Botox treatment areas?

Botox smoothes out your skin by preventing particular muscles from contracting. 

This cosmetic procedure is commonly used to eradicate forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet from your face. To be more specific, Botox treats forehead furrows, lines around the lower eyelids, lines beside the nose and mouth (also commonly referred to as smoker’s lines), horizontal wrinkles, and lines in the neck. 

In addition, it has the ability to alleviate other conditions such as excessive sweating of the hands or underarms, and it can be a successful treatment method for migraines. 

How soon will you see results from Botox?

You will start to notice the initial results of Botox within two to three days of your treatment. Full results will start showing after two to three weeks. The reason for this duration is that it takes some time for Botox to be absorbed by the nerve fibers; but once they are entirely absorbed, the results will be undeniably magnificent. 

How long does Botox last?

Botox will usually last between three to six months. The movement of the temporarily disabled muscles will return naturally after a while, which causes the wrinkles and lines to reappear. Don’t fret though, because the muscles would have shrunk over time, which guarantees that the wrinkles become less severe in appearance. 

Once you’ve reached the three or six month mark of your Botox treatment, you would be ready for your next session

What happens when Botox wears off?

Once the effects of your Botox treatment wear off, the temporarily paralyzed muscles will have regained their ability to contract. In turn, wrinkles and fine lines will start to become visible again. When this happens, you’ll know that it’s high time for your next Botox treatment. 

Should I move my face after Botox?

Experts typically recommend that their patients move their facial muscles after getting  Botox. Frowning or smiling repeatedly for approximately one hour following the procedure will aid in increasing the uptake by the targeted muscle groups. After this period, it is advised to refrain from making extreme facial expressions for the next 12 hours. It’s also imperative that you keep upright for the first four hours and remember not to rub or massage the targeted area. 

Additionally, avoid using makeup or getting beauty treatments (facials, facial massages, etc.) for the next two weeks, as this could potentially cause the injected solution to radiate to other areas.

Can you stop Botox once you start?

Contrary to popular belief, it is actually possible to stop using Botox. It isn’t true that your wrinkles will become worse than they originally were if you ever decide to stop undergoing this procedure. 

In a case where a patient would opt to discontinue using the cosmetic procedure, there’s no need to worry about any drastic changes, as the wrinkles or fine lines will just return to their original state.

At what age should you start getting Botox?

Botox’s age defying effects are both restorative and preventive. Many individuals typically start getting Botox treatments around the age of 30. Others even jump in early while in their mid twenties to benefit from the preventive perks of this beauty treatment.

Is Botox painful?

In general, any type of injections can hurt to a certain extent. While you may feel some discomfort, the needles used during a Botox procedure are extremely small, therefore, any pain would be at a minimal level.

If the patient requests for it, topical anesthesia or cold packs can be applied a few minutes before the injections are administered. 

How should I prepare for a Botox treatment?

There are a few simple steps that need to be taken before your Botox treatment, and they are as follows: 

Disclose the Medication You’re Taking

It’s important that you inform your doctor about any medication or supplements that you’re currently taking, as some types of medication may cause adverse side effects if combined with Botox. 

Avoid Smoking

Smoking can increase the risk of bruising from the Botox injections, which could substantially slow down the healing process. If you’re a smoker, it is recommended that you ask your doctor about how long you should refrain from smoking  before receiving the treatment. 

Cleanse Your Skin

Botox works best when your face is free of any dirt, moisturizers, or cosmetics. Make sure to wash your face thoroughly with mild soap and warm water.

What should you not do after Botox?

  •  Avoid sleeping on your face for the first night after Botox. 

  • Do not rub or massage the treated area.

  • Avoid using cosmetic products or beauty treatments for 2 weeks. 

  • Avoid excessive alcohol intake for 24 hours. 

  • Do not partake in strenuous activities, such as exercise for the next 12 hours.

  • Refrain from going out in the sun for prolonged periods of time. 

  • Avoid going to places with excessively high or low temperatures (e.g. saunas) 

How long after Botox can I wash my face?

It is safe to wash your face right after getting Botox. Just refrain from rubbing it excessively.

What are the potential side effects of Botox?

One of the most common side effects of Botox is temporary bruising. In rare cases, headaches may occur, but will most likely only last for about 24 to 48 hours. Additionally, some patients could experience dropping of the eyelids, which typically subsides within three weeks. This only happens when the treated area gets aggravated, so remember to avoid rubbing your face for about 12 hours after the injections. 


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