In 2017, over 7 million people had BOTOX® injections. This makes it the world’s most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure. Below is everything you need to know about this popular injectable.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is essentially a purified protein solution. Though some people may think of BOTOX® as a dermal filler, it is not a dermal filler at all, but what doctors call a neuromodulator. It softens and corrects fine lines, glabellar lines, crow’s feet and other signs of aging by relaxing the muscle beneath the wrinkle. When this happens, the wrinkle smooths out and becomes harder to see. Clients especially appreciate the fact that they can return to their dermatologist or aesthetician for maintenance shots of BOTOX® and that once a wrinkle is treated with the substance, it never returns to its original depth. Doctors believe this is because BOTOX® teaches the muscle to remain somewhat lax.
Who is a Candidate?
A candidate for BOTOX® is a person who is in good overall health and has realistic expectations of the treatment. BOTOX® should not be given to people who are allergic to it or people for whom it doesn’t work. Both types of people are rare. Before the BOTOX® injections, the aesthetician or dermatologist will ask the client about their medical history, including any drugs they’re currently taking that might interfere with blood clotting. Women who are pregnant or nursing probably shouldn’t have BOTOX® injections until their baby is born or they stop nursing.
What Happens During a Session?
When a person comes to our aesthetician for a BOTOX® session, they recline in a comfortable chair. Their face is cleansed and the aesthetician or dermatologist may numb the areas to be treated with a topical pain killer. Then, the BOTOX® is injected through very fine needles. Now and then the aesthetician may ask the client to scrunch up their face, smile or frown as they inject the BOTOX®. This helps the aesthetician find the best place to inject the wrinkle-reducer.
The client leaves the dermatologist’s office after resting for a few minutes. They can go right back to what they were doing before they came to the office, or go home and rest. While they are recovering from the BOTOX® injections, they should take care not to rub the place where it was injected because it might migrate to places where it’s not wanted. They should also avoid strenuous activity and stay out of the sun unless they use sunscreen. Depending on certain circumstances the results may last up to four months before follow-up treatments are necessary.
Call Us for More Information About BOTOX®
If you are interested in BOTOX® injections at Sneed MediSpa and Wellness to soften the look of crow’s feet, frown lines, furrows and wrinkles, speak with the professionals in our office in Memphis. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!