Botox has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for cosmetic use since 2002! It is typically administered by a dermatologist or specialist via injections. Some people think the procedure is extreme, yet more than 4.4 million people received Botox in 2020. Here, we’ll discuss some details about Botox to help you decide if it is right for you.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?
You might be a good candidate for Botox if you…
- Have crow’s feet
- Have visible lines around your eyes
- Have moderate or severe frown lines between your brows
- Find makeup collecting in your facial lines
- Experience a droopy brow
- Have lines above your upper lip
It Lasts on Average 3-4 Months
If you’re getting Botox for the first time, your face may feel frozen after it takes effect a week after treatment. However, it will begin to wear off, and within four to 6 months, its smoothing effects may be gone entirely. This is because your body makes new neurotransmitters, so the “blocking” effect of Botox eventually wears off. In addition, certain factors may make Botox fade faster, such as frequent exercise, your metabolism, the size and depth of the muscles treated, and more.
It May Hurt
Botox is injected via a needle, and the first time may be a bit shocking and possibly painful. However, everyone has a different pain tolerance, and some people say it is relatively painless! Some spots on the face are also more sensitive than others. Pro tip – hold ice on the area to be treated for 30 seconds before they treat the area. It will numb your skin!
Side Effects You Should Know About
There are some risks and side effects associated with Botox, including:
- Unintended paralysis of facial muscles
- Partial facial paralysis
- Muscle weakness
- Trouble swallowing
- Flu-like symptoms
- Allergic reactions
- Pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site
- Droopy eyelid or cockeyed eyebrows
- Crooked smile or drooling
- Eye dryness or excessive tearing
Should You Get Botox?
If you are looking to smooth stubborn wrinkles, Botox is a great choice. As always, before any medical procedure, we recommend speaking with your doctor to discuss the risks and benefits in more detail.
Have you gotten Botox? Share your experience with us in the comments below!