If you’re like most people, you probably feel a little nervous when the word botox is mentioned. While it might be enough to make you freeze in your tracks, it has become such an important part of skincare and beauty that many women (and their partners) can’t live without it. Here are five tips to get the best results from botox.
1. Botox is not just for anti-aging purposes
Yes, it reduces fine lines and wrinkles with regular use, but if this isn’t a concern for you right now then don’t let that stop you from giving it a try. Injecting botulinum toxin into different areas of the face can have amazing results on any type of blemish or skin problem, it can even be used to treat excessive underarm sweating.
2. Know your botox products
Not all botox products are the same; there’s botox and then there’s botox cosmetic. Cosmetic is a purified version created for use with aesthetic treatments like eyebrow furrows and frown lines between the eyes that help combat common signs of aging like wrinkles and facial creases (some dermatologists even use botulinum toxin to smooth out smile lines). Botox cosmetic is also approved for medical uses including migraine headaches, overactive bladder, and uncontrollable blinking or twitching of certain muscles! It comes with less risk than its therapeutic counterpart but takes longer to show results.
3. Botox doesn’t work overnight
It takes at least two weeks after injections for the product to build up to full effect, so patience is important if you’re having it for the first time. This also means that the results should be seen in daily or weekly intervals until they peak around 6 or 8 weeks after treatment. While it might seem like an eternity, the final results will stay with you for up to three months!
4. Watch out for counteracting products and medications
Just because botulium toxin is used topically doesn’t mean it can’t interfere with other products or medications; this includes everything from treatments, antihistamines, pain relievers, blood pressure medications, and other botox cosmetic treatments. It should never be mixed with Xeomin.
5. Botox doesn’t last forever!
While its results typically stay for up to three months after treatment, the injections only last around six to eight months on average before they need to be refreshed (this includes botulinum toxin type A and B). When this time comes, the best thing you can do is follow your dermatologist’s advice; whether that means getting another round of botulinum toxin or trying something completely different like facial fillers.
Be sure to mention these five tips when discussing botox at your next appointment so you get the most out of every treatment! That will definitely make you feel more confident to move forward with your procedure since you are now well informed.