5 Things to Know Before Your First Botox Treatment

Going in for your first dermal filler treatment can be a bit overwhelming. Some people have a real diversion to needles and the though of needles going into your face can pose some serious fears for some people. On top of that there are many misconceptions about Botox that this articel makes sure to put to rest. One being that Botox makes your face numb and incapable of forming facial expressions. This is just simply untrue.

As you get older, your skin gets drier and less elastic. Wrinkles can
form around your eyes (also known as ‘crow’s feet’), on your forehead
and on the edges of your lips. If these lines are making you frown when
you look in the mirror, perhaps it’s time to do something about it.
Botox may be the answer.

“Botox is an injection that can relax
muscles and reduce laugh lines creating smoother radiant skin,” says
Heidi Efinger, Nurse Practitioner at Central Wellness in Billings,
Montana.

Botox is clinically proven to decrease the appearance of
moderate to severe frown lines and wrinkles in over 11 million women
and men. If you’ve never had a Botox treatment before, here are five
things you should know before your first visit:

1. Botox is safe.
It’s an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment for the area between your eyes
(your scowl), and crow’s feet. Botox has been used for therapeutic
reasons since 1980 and has been proven safe.

2. Professionals
should be certified. Botox is a medical procedure that takes
approximately 20 minutes and should be done by a certified medical
professional. “You should know who is injecting you and choose a
certified professional who has had Botox experience,” says Efinger.

3. You’re not ‘numb.’ Contrary to popular belief, Botox injections reduce muscle movement, but do not give you a numb feeling.

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7 Dermatologists & Plastic Surgeons Weigh in on Botox

In recent years we have seen a turn over from Botox being mainly used by middle aged woman to more and more young women beginning treatments for the signs of crows feat and other wrinkles in the forehead. 7 Different dermatologists and plastic surgeons give their two cents on the issue of; Age and when is it a good time to begin dermal filler type treatments? With different outlooks the article gives a great non biased view on Botox.

“The youngest who have wrinkles in the
forehead, between the eyes or crows feet, are very light skinned women
with a history of excessive sun exposure. In that case, they may be as
young as their late 20s. There are unusual cases of people in their
early to mid twenties who overuse their forehead muscles which become
overgrown and in those cases it may also be appropriate.” –Dr. Macrene Alexiades-Armenakas, Dermatologist and Founder of 37 Actives

“Most women under the age of 23 maybe even 25 do not typically need Botox.” –Dr. Stafford Broumand, Plastic Surgeon and Associate Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital

“In
the past, Botox has been thought of as a treatment for middle-aged
women. This is not true anymore and it has been used in women (and men)
at a younger age. It is very common now in patients in the early
thirties. This is usually the time in which expression lines become
deeper and can potentially become permanent. When used correctly, it can
be wrinkle-preventative. Patients in their early twenties are probably
too young, although each situation must be judged individually.” –Dr. Matthew Schulman, Plastic Surgeon

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