Botox is a common treatment for wrinkles and subtle lines. Its effectiveness makes it a great option for those seeking a more youthful appearance with minimal side effects and affordability. There are some common fears and misconceptions surrounding Botox.
- It will appear unnatural. This is an understandable concern, given the number of “frozen faces” that we often see on television and social media. The truth is, it’s not the fault of Botox when you see an unnatural appearance. When you see this result it’s due to an unprofessional procedure or excessive procedures. If the treatment is given by someone who is unable to calculate a dosage that delivers a natural result and maintains (reduced) facial expression, the result can be unnatural looking. The point of a thorough consultation is to discuss your aesthetic goals, and if you desire to look as natural as possible, this should be honored by your physician/nurse.
- Is it safe to have one or multiple Botox injections? Botox is used for both cosmetic and therapeutic applications. It is FDA approved and an approval from the FDA does not come easily. Besides wrinkles, it can help with migraine headaches, bladder problems, excessive sweating, and has many other medical benefits. Any medicine can be dangerous if not in the hands of a trained professional who knows how to inject and use the proper dosage. Before having Botox injections, be sure you are going to a licensed board-certified professional. This is essential for safety and quality of results.
- Will people be able to tell I’ve had a procedure? There are no drastically instantaneous improvements to your wrinkles and fine lines. It is a gradual effect and takes several days for the subtle relaxation of those lines to become noticeable. Some changes will be noticed after 3 to 5 days while the full effects show up after 7 to 10 days. By then those around you will think you had an extremely restful night of sleep, or they may ask what new face creams you are using. Due to the effective yet subtle changes, it won’t be obvious to those who notice. The only thing that will be obvious is your improved appearance and confidence.
- Concerns about side effects. Side-effects are a common concern for any cosmetic procedure. The side-effects from an anti-wrinkle procedure are usually very minimal and often related to the actual injection, not the medicine. Injection site redness, tiny bumps or bruises may occur but will go away after a brief period of time, usually within a week or two. When you consider that over the millions of botox procedures that were performed in the US last year alone, it is safe to say that there are probably more side effects from taking over the counter medicine than from Botox. All side effects and risk factors will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation.
- Will it hurt? With any injection — especially in the face area — there can be potential for pain, but most people report only minimal discomfort during the brief procedure. A topical anesthesia that is offered to you prior to receiving Botox will help ease the initial pain from the needle. After the procedure, there should be no pain and only minimal redness or slight swelling which will subside quickly.
As with any procedure, if you experience discomfort other than symptoms discussed during your visit, or if there’s any questions or concerns once you leave the office our staff is available to you. During your consultation, and after your treatment you’ll be given thorough instructions and information about after-care. This is the time to ask any questions you may have. We at Hillelson-Whipple know the value of trust you place in your physician and ensure you’ll be in the best of hands as you receive your procedure at our state-of-the-art clinic. Contact us today for an appointment at 804-290-0060.