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Thinking about Botox®? Get the facts first

Posted by Monarch Plastic Surgery

Feb 17, 2016 9:00:00 AM

botox factsMaybe you’ve noticed the wrinkles between your brows becoming worse, and have wondered whether you should look into Botox. Or perhaps you feel as if your face looks “angry” due to creases around your eyes and forehead, and you wondered if Botox would help.

Many people could benefit from Botox treatments, but aren’t sure if they should move forward. These individuals may have misconceptions about how Botox works, or what treatment is like. To find out the facts, talk with a professional who administers this treatment to people every day, such as an injector at a reputable and well-regarded plastic surgeon’s office. Put your mind at ease with the real information about this successful treatment:

  1. Botox is quick and pain is minimal. Many people don’t like needles, but Botox is a fast treatment that uses a very small needle, so there’s usually only a minor pinch. Anesthetic isn’t typically needed, and patients often experience nothing more than a pin prick. The benefits you get from Botox lasts for months, and you’ll likely find it’s more than worth the small amount of discomfort. Even people who hate needles return to the clinic repeatedly for Botox treatment.
  2. You can — and should — look natural with Botox. If you’ve heard myths that people with Botox look frozen or surprised, they probably didn’t have it done by a skilled injector. Someone who’s not skilled in facial anatomy or in using Botox could end up using too much product or injecting it incorrectly. Botox looks very natural and beautiful when it’s done right. That’s why it’s important to have Botox administered at a qualified plastic surgeon’s office, either by a nurse injector or surgeon.
  3. Botox can be used to prevent wrinkles. Younger people in their 20s find that using Botox helps stop deep creases before they start. If you’re in your 20s or 30s and are seeing lines that remain after muscle movement -- such as the crease between the eyebrows -- getting Botox sooner rather than later can help you enjoy smoother skin and a more youthful look.
  4. Botox treats existing wrinkles. Botox is a versatile treatment that works well for people of all ages. Because it relaxes the muscles that cause bothersome wrinkles on the forehead or around the eyes, even people with deep wrinkles in those areas find a significant improvement that lasts several months.
  5. Botox is not interchangeable with dermal fillers. Although fillers and Botox both target deep creases, they work in entirely different ways and are intended for different areas of the face. Fillers can actually plump or “fill in” creases around your nose or mouth, and in some cases, can add volume to the face. Botox doesn’t fill in wrinkles, but prevents certain muscle contractions that cause wrinkles on the upper third of the face. In fact, some people choose to get Botox and fillers done together for a total facial makeover.

Now that you know a little more about Botox, you can find out if it’s right for you. To discuss Botox or other minimally invasive options that might benefit you, contact Monarch Plastic Surgery for a consultation.

Topics: Skincare, Botox, dermal fillers

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