The angry 11s, or frown lines, are a common development between the eyebrows as we age. For some these signs of aging will be minimal, while for others they may become particularly pronounced and not respond well to at home skin care routines. For many patients, Botox® is the ideal solution. Botox® is a minimally invasive treatment involving the injection of very small doses of botulinum toxin in carefully selected areas to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, before you undergo Botox® or any other treatments, it is important to understand Botox and how to ensure safety when seeking Botox treatment.
Botox® injections can’t safely be done by anyone, anywhere
Although Botox® parties were popular at one time with friends hosting parties at each other’s homes, it is a common misconception that Botox® may be administered by anyone in any environment. In reality, Botox® injections are a medical procedure that should only be administered by a trained professional — either a plastic surgeon or a trained plastic surgery nurse injector — and in a clinical setting. The face has over 40 muscles along with a multitude of nerves, veins, and other structures. A deep understanding of the anatomy of the face is necessary in order to properly place injections.
Botox® is FDA-approved and safe for both aesthetic and therapeutic uses
Botox® has been FDA-approved for wrinkle reduction, particularly of the frown lines between the eyebrows and is safe when used in a clinical setting by a trained professional. In addition to avoiding “Botox® parties,” avoid going overseas for treatments. Products offered overseas may not be authentic or FDA-approved, and it may be difficult, if not impossible to verify the cleanliness of the treatment environment or the qualifications of the injector. Botox® has also shown promise in treating certain types of migraines and some eye disorders.
Botox® is becoming more and more popular among younger patients
Although Botox® has long been associated with anti-aging and thus with older patients, it is becoming more and more popular with patients in their 30s and 40s. Many patients begin to notice fine lines and wrinkles in their 30s and 40s and wish to ward them off before they become more pronounced. Many patients in their 30s and 40s find Botox® to be beneficial in refreshing their appearance and thus helping them stay competitive in the workplace or dating scene. However, it is important to understand that Botox® will not prevent wrinkles that don’t already exist.
Botox® may have side effects
Although rare, Botox® may have side effects for some patients. The most common side effects typically resolve on their own and include discomfort during the injection or bruising and redness afterwards. If you are particularly susceptible to such effects after injections or blood draws, mention this to the person performing your Botox® treatment. Depending on the nature of your concerns and prior experiences, you may benefit from a topical numbing ointment beforehand.
More serious, but rare side effects include the possibility of the botulinum toxin moving from the injection site to other areas of the body. You can reduce this risk by avoiding touching or rubbing the area.To learn more about Botox®, call Monarch Skin Rejuvenation Center today at (913) 317-9386 to schedule an appointment.