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5 Common Questions About BOTOX® (That You’ve Been Too Afraid to Ask)
If you’re trying to look younger and hide wrinkles, BOTOX® is the go-to option. It’s been the most popular nonsurgical treatment for years, with over 7 million procedures performed in 2018 alone. Influencers and TV stars have become more and more open about the work they’ve recently had done. But even with people on Instagram talking about their treatments, you might feel nervous when researching BOTOX.
Don’t worry–you’re not alone! Asking for injections (especially to your face) might seem a bit scary. But knowing more information about BOTOX can help you understand if it’s right for you.
Here are the answers to a few common questions you might have been afraid to ask your friends and family.
Does BOTOX actually help wrinkles?
Yes! BOTOX can help erase wrinkles you already have and prevent more from forming, all by targeting wrinkles at their source.
“Repeated facial movements result in wrinkles in our skin,” explains Dr. Jonathan Weiler, a local plastic surgeon who performs BOTOX treatments at his downtown Baton Rouge office. “Young skin bounces back into place, unlike more mature skin. But as we age, we lose collagen and elastin, which causes the lines to become even deeper.”
Basically, every time you squint your eyes or crinkle your brows, your muscles create the same creases in your skin. Eventually, those creases create permanent lines. By relaxing the facial muscles that form the creases, BOTOX smooths over problem areas and softens the look of your face. Some areas BOTOX is good at treating include:
- Crow’s feet (outer corners of the eyes)
- Forehead wrinkles
- Frown lines (between the eyebrows)
- Smoker’s lines (around the lips)
Will BOTOX make my face look frozen?
BOTOX used to have a bad reputation for “freezing” people’s faces so that they couldn’t show emotions or reactions. And no one wants to look like a robot or a mannequin!
Luckily, technology and techniques have become much more advanced.
BOTOX won’t affect nerves that cause sensation and won’t make your face look numb. When used correctly by a certified professional, you instead appear relaxed and alert. Your provider can help judge the size of your face and decide how much BOTOX you actually need.
Do BOTOX injections hurt?
Not really. But BOTOX hurts as much as any other injection, so expect a bit of quick discomfort. Many doctors offer a topical anesthetic to make treatment more comfortable. Some use ice to numb the target area before injections begin.
Is BOTOX expensive?
It depends! Prices vary according to your location, the amount of BOTOX you need, and the experience of your provider.
The average cost is around $400 per treatment. But it can range from $25 to $1,200, depending on the area you want done. BOTOX is charged by the number of syringes used, and each unit is typically $10 to $20. Your doctor will be able to give you a quote during a one-on-one consultation.
What can I expect from my first BOTOX appointment?
All BOTOX journeys begin in one place: a private consultation. To learn more about your treatment options, request a meeting through a practice’s website or call the office number.
After customizing the details of your BOTOX treatment, you will return for the injection session. Your provider will sit you down in a comfortable chair and possibly numb the area you’re about to treat. They will then begin a series of injections that only take a few seconds each. Most appointments last between 10 minutes to half an hour. No downtime is required, so you can return to work or home immediately afterward.
Learning more about BOTOX can help you feel less concerned and more informed.
If those wrinkles around your eyes or brows have been sneaking up on you, you now know BOTOX might be able to help! If you have any other questions, most practices that offer BOTOX are happy to give you advice. You can now be on your way to looking fresh-faced and younger in no time.