You’re looking in the mirror and don’t like your reflection. You see lines around your mouth, lines creasing your forehead, and lines around your eyes. They all give you a much older look than you feel. You heard a friend rave about getting BOTOX injections, but you scoffed. “BOTOX is not for me,” you thought. But now, looking back, she did look good. Not different either, just better. Maybe it’s time to rethink BOTOX as a skin treatment for you!
So what is BOTOX? BOTOX is the brand name for an injectable drug made from botulinum toxin type A. This toxin is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although this is the same toxin that causes botulism — a life-threatening form of food poisoning — its effects vary according to the amount and type of exposure. For example, BOTOX is only injected in small, targeted doses.
When injected, BOTOX blocks signals from your nerves to your muscles. This prevents the targeted muscles from contracting, which can ease certain muscular conditions and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
First, you need to find an aesthetic practice with a doctor experienced in giving BOTOX treatments. It’s as simple as doing a Google search. For example, say you live in Akron, Ohio. Just type in “Akron aesthetic practice” and you will find Fairlawn Aesthetic MD. Go to the specialist’s website, check out their credentials, ask your friends, call the practice, and ask questions. It never hurts to do your research!
After you make your appointment, you will meet with the doctor to discuss your desires and what will be needed to get that result! These consultations are often free, but be sure to ask beforehand if you are searching around for a specialist.
Also, don’t let your age deter you from seeking a skin treatment! It’s not your age that will determine when BOTOX is right for you; it’s the severity of your lines and your doctor’s opinion. The truth is everyone’s lines form differently. The timing can be influenced by a combination of factors, from cellular changes that may occur over time, to the reduction of collagen, to genetic factors, or damage caused by free radicals from the sun and the environment. Whenever your lines start to bother you, speak with your doctor.
Treatment requires minimal downtime. The actual injection process takes a quick 10 minutes. Some patients report that being injected with BOTOX feels like a pinch. Your specialist may use ice to numb the treatment area. Or, if you are concerned about discomfort, your specialist may apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment. So you can return to your daily routine immediately after you leave your specialist’s office.
BOTOX is a temporary procedure; at first, you may find that your treatment results will last approximately 3-4 months. If you maintain your treatment appointments with the frequency recommended by your doctor, the duration of each treatment result may last longer than 4 months.
When you are ready to take that step or want to look at other aesthetic treatments, consider Fairlawn Aesthetic MD. We offer an experienced, friendly team in a relaxing office space. We also have convenient scheduling and the option of financing for your aesthetic treatment.