If you’re planning to get your first Botox injection, it’s best to familiarise yourself with this popular cosmetic treatment.
To help you do that, here are five questions about Botox that we’ll be answering in this article.
What is Botox and how does it work?
What most people don’t know is that Botox is actually a brand name for a toxin. This toxin is created by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
Many people get Botox to temporarily erase the appearance of wrinkles and lines. This is because when injected, Botox works by blocking nerve signals to muscles.
Consequently, the muscles that have been injected are prevented from tightening or contracting, thus, erasing the look of wrinkles and fine lines brought on by ageing.
While Botox is commonly known by most people for its cosmetic purposes, it is actually also used to treat a variety of medical conditions, such as strabismus, cervical dystonia, eyelid twitching, and overactive bladder, among others.
How long does Botox last?
Botox is not a permanent solution to fine lines and wrinkles. According to a blog post on the website of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, generally, the results last for three to four months.
The results aren’t the same for all patients, however. For some, the results may exceed four months, and for others, it may be less than three months.
Many first-timers of Botox may also notice that the results last longer after obtaining their second treatment.
How should I prepare before I get a Botox injection?
Bayview General Medicine says to tell your doctor any medical conditions you have as well as any medications and supplements you’re taking. Include any past cosmetic treatments also.
Moreover, tell your doctor if you are pregnant, are planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
They also recommend discussing with your doctor what your desired outcome will be or what kind of results you are looking for. This is so your expectations are met as much as possible after the treatment.
In addition, you will be asked to avoid taking certain supplements and medications before your procedure. These include ibuprofen, aspirin, fish oil, and vitamin E to name some.
Are there any side effects?
Yes, there are a couple of side effects you may experience after getting your Botox injection. These side effects may differ depending on the part of the body receiving the injection.
For instance, if you get your injection around the eye area, you may experience dry eyes, and excessive tearing, among others.
Other side effects you may feel include headache, pain, bruising, fever, chills, and more.
The good news is most of these side effects aren’t that serious and wear off within a few days.
As always, discuss with your healthcare provider what possible side effects you may experience and how long you should expect these side effects to last.
How much does Botox cost?
Based on a review we made on the best clinics for Botox in Dublin, costs vary depending on a couple of factors, such as the type and number of areas to be injected.
Some clinics also offer package deals comprising Botox injections plus other cosmetic treatments, such as dermal fillers.
Prices can range from €49 to €260 (or even higher) for one area. Again, prices will depend on certain factors such as the ones we mentioned above.
And that’s a wrap for today’s article on Botox! We hope this has helped you gain further insight into this cosmetic treatment.
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