As we get older, we get to experience all of the joys and downsides of aging. On the plus side, we generate tons of positive experiences such as developing expertise in our careers, deepening our relationships with friends and family, and experiencing the indescribable joy of watching our children grow up, to name a few.
However, we also tend to suffer from the negative effects of aging such as stiff joints, weaker muscles, and sagging skin.
Luckily, through the use of Botox injections, the issues of sagging skin and wrinkles can become concerns of the past!
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is made up of a protein taken from the Botulinum toxin. This protein serves an interesting function in that it can relax tight muscles when it is introduced to them.
For this reason, Botox can be used to treat a variety of conditions both in the cosmetic and therapeutic realm. For instance, when addressing wrinkles, Botox serves to relax tight muscles that cause the wrinkles in the first place.
When addressing therapeutic conditions, Botox works in a similar way. Specifically, conditions such as TMJ, headaches, and muscle spasticity respond well to Botox injections.
The medication serves as a safe and effective alternative to more risky surgical options.
Does Botox Hurt?
Very few people, even those with very high pain sensitivity report pain from receiving Botox injections. Of course, the treatment does use a needle, so there is a feeling of sharpness and pressure inherent in the process. But dermatologists will often apply a soothing cream to the area of the injection in order to decrease the pain of the shot as it is applied.
Pain after the procedure is not uncommon, but this pain typically manifests as a minor headache or some pain around the injection site. All of these symptoms tend to clear up within a few days to a week after the treatment.
What Should be Avoided After Botox Treatment?
Your dermatologist will talk you through any particular recommendations she has for you after the procedure is complete. However, you’ll generally want to avoid partaking in any activities that are very strenuous. This is not because it will cause the treatment not to work, rather, these strenuous efforts may lead to more side effects than would typically be experienced after said treatment.
Furthermore, many dermatologists recommend that patients keep their heads up, not allowing them to hang down below the waist for four or more hours after receiving the injections.
How Do I Set up a Botox Treatment?
If you’re ready to have Botox treatment performed on you, it’s a very easy process to make an appointment. Quite simply, all you need to do is find a list of providers in your area, ensure that they have experience with Botox injections, and set up an initial consultation.
From there, your dermatologist will discuss her plan with you for how to achieve the best results.
Then, you’ll receive your injections, which only takes about 15 minutes, receive your discharge instructions, and be on your way!
Botox is a simple, safe, and effective way to reduce wrinkles!