Today, it appears that everyone is getting Botox. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ 2019 statistics report, there was an 879 percent increase in Botox treatments from 2000 to 2019!
But just because Botox injections are one of the most common procedures performed by many plastic surgeons and cosmetic dermatologists doesn’t make it any less nerve-racking if it’s your first time.
We’ve written this blog post to help calm your nerves and get you ready for your first appointment.
Myth Vs Reality: Popular Misconceptions About Botox Debunked
One of the most common misconceptions about Botox is that it will make you look plastic. This is simply not true. Yes, Botox will smoothen your skin, but it will not dramatically alter your appearance. This myth has been fueled in part by videos and images of botched Botox injections. Although these negative Botox experiences are widely publicized, they are extremely rare, especially when performed by licensed professionals. Furthermore, ‘bad Botox’ usually resolves itself within a few months of treatment.
Another myth that needs to be dispelled is that Botox injections are very expensive. On the contrary, the average cost of Botox treatment is relatively affordable, with the total units required varying according to the individual and the area of treatment.
Botox Injections: What to Expect
First off, Botox is FDA approved, which means it is extremely safe to use. However, if you are breastfeeding or pregnant, you should avoid getting Botox injections.
The most common side effects of getting Botox are swelling and bruising in the area of treatment but even these side effects don’t happen often. And if you are in good health, the chances of getting an infection are almost nil. However, because one side of your face is usually stronger than the other, you may experience asymmetry after the Botox takes effect. But, this can be addressed during a follow-up appointment with your practitioner.
Overall, to ensure that you are satisfied with the results of your treatment, it is critical to consult with a professional who has completed courses such as those offered by Empire Medical Training. Botox is a medical procedure, so thoroughly research your practitioner before scheduling an appointment.
Pain Level and Downtime
Botox injections are administered using needles similar to those used for insulin shots. As a result, the overall experience is not that comfortable. The first thing you’ll notice following your injections are dots and bumps that resemble mosquito bites. These usually go away within 30 minutes. However, you will not notice the effects of the injections until 3 to 5 days later (and sometimes 2 weeks).
It is important to note, however, that Botox treatments are not permanent. Over time, Botox is metabolized by the body. On average, one treatment lasts between 2 to 5 months.
We recommend that you refrain from exercising or excessive sweating for at least 24 hours after treatment (the boost in circulation can spread the Botox to other areas). To ensure that the injections settle properly, avoid touching your face.