5 Common Botox Questions
Botox has been around since the 70s. It was first used to treat a specific problem with the eye muscle. It’s since turned into its own synonym for cosmetic treatment. Treating everything from frown lines and wrinkles to excessive sweat, Botox has been called ‘the miracle treatment’ by cosmetic physicians. But with all the benefits it has -- and the amount of time it’s been around -- there are still some who have questions about it. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 5 common botox questions to put your mind at ease about “the miracle treatment”.
How does Botox Work?
Denver-based cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Zamora, explains it like this: Botox is a neuromodulator that’s injected into your facial muscles. That sounds crazy, but all it does is relax those muscles making it harder for them to create or deepen wrinkles in the face.
Can Botox Freeze My Face?
Unfortunately, there is a risk of Botox treatments going wrong resulting in a ‘fake’ look. Dr. Onir Spiegel, an expert Botox injector, warns those seeking Botox treatments should seek out only experienced injectors with proven results and track records.
“Botox is like paint. If you give one person paint they’ll create you a masterpiece, while another may just make a huge mess. In the right hands, Botox will result in a natural beautiful appearance. With a less experienced person you could look unnatural,” says Dr. Spiegel. Luckily, the Botox experts at Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics are well-equipped with years of experience to ensure natural results and safe treatments.
Are there Side Effects to Botox?
Thankfully, Botox isn’t associated with any serious side effects in the doses used for cosmetic purposes. Any expert injector will be a safe source of the treatment. The main undesirable affect associated with Botox treatments is injection site migration. Cosmetic specialists recommend avoiding massaging the injection site and strenuous exercise for 12 hours after treatment so this doesn’t occur.
In an independent study that consisted of thousands of participants only 3% of the cases presented with minor side effects. 100% of these cases resolved themselves. These side effects included site redness, swelling and minor muscle weakness.
When Should I Start Botox?
While it’s never too late to start Botox, many cosmetic physicians recommend starting sooner rather than later. If you recall how Botox works, it relies on relaxing your facial muscles so they can’t create or deepen wrinkles. Because of this, it works best as a preventative measure. That doesn’t mean it’s useless if you already have wrinkles, however.
Botox will prevent the wrinkles you already have from deepening for a time with just one treatment, and with multiple treatments, it can reverse them.
How Often to Botox
Unfortunately, Botox isn’t a once and done miracle cure and knowing how often to Botox is important. When asked how often to botox many injector professionals will respond with 3-4 months. New studies, however, have found a new answer to the question of how often to botox.
Recently, a study conducted by OHSU determined that while a cycle of treatments every 3-4 months is a good start, after 2 years of such treatments you might not actually need to receive treatments that often. After that first 2 year cycle, treatments can be reduced to once every 6 months and still garner the same results. So next time you ask how often to botox keep in mind your treatments can be spaced out more after the first few injections.
We’ve taken you through the top 5 most common questions patients considering Botox are asking -- everything from ‘how it works’ to ‘how often to Botox’. For more information and to inquire about Botox treatments and your future youth be sure to check out the experts at 6th Street Dental Aesthetics.