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5 Things to Know Before Getting Botox

5 Things to Know Before Getting Botox

Botox is often talked about, but many people’s opinion is marred by the idea of someone with an expressionless face due to too many injections. However, Botox has been used for years to diminish fine lines and wrinkles.

As you grow older, your body’s collagen production slows down, which leads to wrinkles. Wrinkles are completely natural, but people may want to slow down their formation. Botox provides a temporary aesthetic boost, but you should know these five facts first.

Botox Doesn’t Last Forever

Just like any injectable facial filler, Botox will not last forever. It’s natural for our bodies to break down foreign substances, so your fine lines will slowly start to reappear as the Botox wears off.

The average duration for Botox is a few months to a few years. It depends on the area in which its injection and the patient’s genetic makeup. Some factors make Botox fade faster, such as working out frequently or making lots of facial expressions.

Botox isn’t Painless

The botox procedure is characterized by the insertion of a needle into the affected area. Any needle injection is going to hurt a little, and the insertion of a foreign substance may cause discomfort. Many report an aching feeling for at least half an hour after the procedure.

There are Aftercare Rules

While Botox requires significantly less downtime than a full-on facelift procedure, you have to be mindful of your doctor’s orders in the hours following your procedure. Your doctor will advise you to avoid bending your head forward for two hours and to avoid heavy exercise.  

Your facial plastic surgeon in LA will ask that you:

  • Gently make facial expressions to exercise the face
  • Relax for the remainder of the day in order to maintain a normal heartbeat
  • Keep from touching, rubbing, or putting pressure on the injection site

It’s Not Just for Famous People

Many people have the preconceived notion that celebrities are the only people who use Los Angeles botox injections to improve their appearance, but many people get injections every so often to diminish signs of aging.

People may think that Botox will break the bank, but it’s much more affordable than people realize. The average procedure is between $200 and $300.

Botox is not “Bad”

Botox gets a bad reputation from the media, but many people all over the world have praised it for changing their lives in a positive way. It does more than just alleviate the appearance of wrinkles; Botox can also be used to treat: 

  • Chronic migraine
  • Lazy eye
  • Excessive sweating
  • Cervical dystonia (neck spasms)

Since Botox freezes your facial expressions, people find it difficult to frown in the weeks following their injections, but this could actually be a good thing. There are numerous studies showing that facial expressions impact your mood, so the inability to frown can actually make people feel happier. In 2009, the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that people had a reduced negative attitude when they could not frown due to Botox. 

If you’re ready to change your life with Botox injections, contact the cosmetic specialists in LA at Westside Face. We can administer your injections quickly and with as little pain as possible. Call our office at 310-773-5116 to set up an appointment.

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