Many men and women struggle with wrinkles and fine lines on their skin, especially on their faces. Many of these skin imperfections are the result of age, with collagen and elastin production slowing down over the years; however, this is not always the case. In fact, one of the most common ways wrinkles appear on the face is from repetitive muscle contractions. These constant contractions most frequently appear on the forehead, between and around the eyes, around the mouth, and on the nose.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is one of the most trusted, popular, and rejuvenating cosmetic treatments available. However, like all plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures, BOTOX® Cosmetic does carry risks and side effects.
What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved injectable treatment that is used to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles (these are the wrinkles that result from the constant muscle contractions). The main ingredient in this injectable is botulinum toxin type A. For your injectable treatment, your cosmetic specialist will inject the solution directly into your muscle. The solution blocks the nerves in the muscle from transmitting signals to the brain. Essentially, BOTOX® Cosmetic temporarily paralyzes the targeted muscles to keep them from contracting. This means that you will not have to worry about pesky lines on your face while the BOTOX® Cosmetic solution is in your body.
How Long Do the Results Last?
While you will have stunning results after only one BOTOX® Cosmetic injectable treatment, the reality is that your results are not permanent. This is because the botulinum toxin type A simply wears off; however, the good news is that you can maintain your rejuvenated and youthful facial aesthetic by scheduling repeat appointments. The results of BOTOX® Cosmetic generally last about three to four months. Many men and women who have BOTOX® Cosmetic treatments can see longer results by maintaining a proper skincare routine, such as avoiding direct sunlight, wearing SPF 30 or more sunscreen when out in the sun, and wearing glasses or hats to prevent the need for repetitive squinting.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?
It is very common for patients of all ages to be concerned about their cosmetic treatments and their safety both during and after their procedure. The truth is that BOTOX® Cosmetic is safe. But, do you know what’s even safer? Researching medical providers and finding out who the best, most qualified injectors are. Doing so can be the single most important thing to do after you decide to undergo BOTOX® Cosmetic injections.
One of the best ways to decide if a cosmetic surgeon is right for you is to schedule a consultation. At your consultation, you will have the chance to discuss your aesthetic frustrations, your concerns for the treatment, and your goals. Additionally, your cosmetic injector will be able to create a treatment plan for you as well as give you any pre- and post-treatment instructions. Something else to consider when choosing your BOTOX® Cosmetic provider is to look at before and after photos of the treatment you wish to undergo. While no person is the same, this will give you an idea of the results that you can look forward to.
What Are the Side Effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic?
As with any cosmetic treatment, you should expect to experience some sort of side effects after your treatment. The good news is that most of these side effects only last a day or two. Normal side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic are pain, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. Other common side effects include headache and nausea. Over the counter medication can be taken to alleviate any unwanted pain or discomfort; however, if you experience increased or prolonged side effects, then it is important that you contact Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center as soon as possible.
5 Possible Reactions to BOTOX® Cosmetic
In addition to the side effects listed above, some patients may experience negative reactions to their injectable treatment. Some of these reactions include:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Dry mouth
- Trouble swallowing
- Drooping eyelids
When Do BOTOX® Cosmetic Side Effects Go Away?
Most commonly, the side effects from your BOTOX® Cosmetic injectable treatment will dissipate within a few days. You may resume all normal activities when you have been cleared by your master injector.
Ways to Help Lessen Your BOTOX® Cosmetic Side Effects
Normal BOTOX® Cosmetic side effects will go away on their own. However, there are several aftercare practices that you can do that will speed up your post-treatment side effects. It is important to understand that your face has gone through a traumatic experience with the injections, so you should allow your face and body to rest as much as possible over the next 24 hours. You should also avoid disturbing the treatment area as much as possible, which means no touching or rubbing your face. Lastly, using an ice pack on your treatment area can help alleviate any discomfort your may feel.
The Noticeable Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic
Just because there are side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic, it doesn’t mean that it should hold you back from enjoying the benefits. There are side effects to everything, and with everything, there are also noticeably amazing benefits. BOTOX® Cosmetic allows men and women to live free and not worry about certain facial expressions. You no longer have to shy away from the camera just because your crow’s feet will show if you smile too big. Live the life you were meant to, and enjoy a happy, wrinkle-free facial aesthetic!