What You Need to Know Before Your First Botox Treatment
Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available, and it can be a very effective method for achieving more youthful-looking facial skin. However, before you try Botox for the first time, there are certain things you should know about the treatment and what to expect.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is an injectable treatment that uses the active ingredient botulinum toxin type A, which is a type of neurotoxin. When Botox is injected into your facial muscles, it prevents them from communicating with the nerves. This stops the muscles from contracting, smoothing out your skin in the process and preventing future wrinkles from forming.
Who Is a Candidate for Botox?
Generally, any adults who would like to rejuvenate their facial skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles can be good candidates for Botox treatment. However, Botox is not ideal for people who:
- Are under the age of 18
- Are pregnant or nursing
- Have allergies to botulinum toxin or other Botox ingredients
- Have active skin infections
- Suffer from neurological disorders
What Is the Botox Procedure Like?
When undergoing Botox treatment, the procedure is relatively quick and simple. It’s an outpatient procedure that can be performed right in our office. The procedure is so comfortable that a topical anesthetic isn't necessary. Next, your trained injector professional will inject the Botox into your skin using a very thin needle. The treatment should only take around 5-10 minutes to complete.
What Is the Recovery Like?
One of the nicest things about Botox treatment is that it doesn’t require any significant recovery downtime. After the treatment, you will be given specific instructions to ensure that your skin heals properly, which may include:
- Not scratching or rubbing the injection sites
- Avoiding direct sunlight
- Avoiding alcohol
- Not using skin treatments
- Avoiding exercise for 24 hours
As long as you follow these instructions, you should be able to return to work and resume your normal routine right away after Botox treatment.
What Are the Side Effects?
Before trying Botox, you should be aware of the potential side effects. Most side effects of the treatment are minor and will disappear gradually on their own. These side effects include:
- Injection site pain, swelling, or bruising
- Flu-like symptoms
- Droopy eyelids
- Dry eyes
Although it’s very rare, there are cases in which the neurotoxin in Botox can spread to other areas of the body. This can cause a serious condition called botulism. You should seek immediate medical care if you encounter any of these symptoms:
- Vision problems
- Trouble swallowing, speaking, or breathing
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of bladder control
- Allergic reaction
How Long Will the Results Last?
After your first Botox treatment, you can expect to start noticing firmer, more youthful-looking skin within a few days. The final results will be visible after around two weeks, and they should remain for approximately three to four months.
Other Available Neurotoxin Treatments
Although Botox is the most well-known injectable neurotoxin treatment, it isn’t the only one available. In addition to Botox, there are a few other similar treatment options:
- Daxxify - Daxxify is a unique injectable treatment used primarily to reduce the appearance of glabellar lines, also known as frown lines. Rather than using human or animal byproducts, Daxxify uses a novel peptide as its stabilizer. This creates powerful results and allows the treatment’s effects to last roughly twice as long as Botox.
- Dysport - Another injectable neurotoxin treatment is Dysport, which uses the same active ingredient as Botox. Dysport is used primarily to treat frown lines, but it can also target crow’s feet, neck creases, and platysmal neck bands. Although Dysport is very similar to Botox, the formulas do differ slightly, and Dysport tends to provide slightly faster results. Many patients switch to Dysport after Botox has stopped providing them satisfactory results.
- Jeuveau - Jeuveau or "Newtox" is a neurotoxin treatment that uses the same active ingredient as Botox to target dynamic wrinkles. Jeuveau treats forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, neck creases, and neck bands. Some patients prefer Jeuveau because it may offer faster and longer-lasting results when compared to other neurotoxins.
- Xeomin - Finally, there’s Xeomin, another injectable treatment used mainly for the treatment of glabellar lines and other facial wrinkles. Unlike other neurotoxin treatments, Xeomin does not contain any additives. Instead, it is a purified form of botulinum toxin type A. Xeomin is known for its ability to produce quick, long-lasting results.
What Is the Takeaway?
Botox is an effective skin rejuvenation treatment that’s quick, simple, and provides significant results for several months. There are potential side effects, but as long as you choose a qualified injector and follow their instructions, you’re likely to have a positive overall experience. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, our skilled injectors will handle your Botox treatment and ensure that you achieve wonderful results.