Last updated on Sep 11th, 2020 at 10:40 am
Botox is becoming more and more popular, with more than 6 million people worldwide having treatments every year.
If you have questions about the procedure or you’re on the fence about having it done, then read on! We partnered with the skincare professionals at Skin Renewal to give you the inside scoop on everything you need to know about Botox.
1. What is in Botox injections exactly?
What we refer to as “Botox” is actually Botulinum Toxin. It’s a purified botulinum neurotoxin type A complex, made from a culture of the bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum Type A. Although this sounds scary and the Clostridium bacteria causes botulism, the Botulinum Toxin facial extract does not.
Botox has been safely used in cosmetic procedures for more than 15 years
Botox has been safely used in cosmetic procedures for more than 15 years, and for other medical procedures for even longer.
2. The injections work on the muscles under your skin
Wherever Botox is injected, it causes the muscles under the skin to stop contracting. Usually, these muscles move hundreds of times every day, in turn moving the skin above them hundreds of times every day. This eventually causes those dreaded creases and wrinkles in our skin.
Botox injections relax the muscles so they can be used to soften wrinkles and lines that occur from facial movement, such as between the brows or crow’s feet from smiling. Botox can also help prevent a frown by relaxing the muscles that pull downward on the mouth.
3. How long it lasts depends on a range of factors
You’ll only start to see the Botox working around 4 days after your treatment, with the actual results kicking in after 2 weeks.
The effects of Botox can last for 3 to 4 months, but that depends on how much was injected and how much you move your facial muscles. If you are very expressive and move those muscles a lot, the Botulinum Toxin is worked out faster.
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4. Botox can be used for more than skincare
Although we’re all familiar with its use as an anti-ageing miracle worker, Botox is helpful for a range of other conditions. In certain cases, it can help with migraines, overactive sweat glands and back and neck pain. It’s also prescribed for many other medical conditions that cause symptoms like tremors, an overactive bladder, uncontrollable blinking and muscle spasms.
5. More and more people are doing it
From Rachel Kolisi to Chrissy Teigen, more and more celebs aren’t ashamed to admit that they’ve had Botox, and neither should you! International stats also show that Botox’s popularity is on the rise, putting it at the top of the list of most popular non-surgical procedures in 2018.
In the words of Sophia Vergara when talking about Botox, “If it makes you happier and more confident, then why not?”
6. It can be used preventatively
Botox relaxes the muscles, which means the skin above them moves less and has less chance to develop lines. Preventative Botox harnesses this ability and aims to stop wrinkles forming in the first place. The best time to start preventative Botox is before you start to see the tell-tale signs of ageing while your face is resting. For most, this is either in your late twenties or early thirties.
Preventative Botox harnesses this ability and aims to stop wrinkles forming in the first place.
Because preventative Botox starts before wrinkles have a chance to set in, you may end up needing fewer treatments less often. This means that in the long run, it could end up costing less.
7. You need to trust your doctor
There are a lot of disaster stories related to Botox out there. From the friend of a friend who ended up with a drooping eyebrow to your cousin who couldn’t smile for a month, they probably all have one thing in common: an inexperienced person administering the injections.
A qualified medical doctor should perform the treatment and you should choose a facility with a reputation for excellent service and results. Check the online reviews and see what other people have to say.