Getting older can usher in many exciting milestones from getting married and becoming a parent, to retiring and becoming a grandparent. And while these exciting life events make you laugh, cry, raise your eyebrows in amazement or surprise, and smile until your face hurts, they’ve also contributed to those fine lines that now make you feel a little less like “you.”
Yes, it’s true. All those amazing (and difficult) experiences didn’t just make you who you are, but they made your fine lines and wrinkles what they are, too. A full life of experiences and facial expressions means repeated muscle contractions, one of the factors that may lead to prominent lines.
Regardless of why you are choosing to get BOTOX®, here are the top five things you should know about getting BOTOX®.
You’re Not Alone
BOTOX® is an incredibly popular treatment among adults — and its popularity has been on the rise over the last five years. According to the latest figures from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), “popularity of BOTOX® in the U.S. has skyrocketed, with a 40.6% increase in procedures.” In 2017 alone, over 1.5 million BOTOX® injections were carried out.
And remind your male counterparts that Botox isn’t just for women. Men receive the same benefits from the treatment as you!
It Doesn’t Last Forever
BOTOX® isn’t a one-time fix. BOTOX® does have lasting results for up to four months. But, that means if you want to create long-lasting results, you’ll need to visit your provider approximately three times per year.
However, not everyone wants long-lasting results, and that’s okay too. Because BOTOX® is a semi-permanent cosmetic enhancement, it is also ideal for adults who want to temporarily remove fine lines and wrinkles for a special event, such as a wedding or class reunion.
You’ll Still Look Like You
Shows like Botched can give treatments like BOTOX® a bad reputation. When BOTOX® is administered by a licensed, trained medical expert, you will still look like you and you will maintain your ability to create facial expressions.
Of course, we believe it is important to feel comfortable in your own skin without BOTOX®. However, for many adults, the injection boosts confidence.
In one study of more than 500 BOTOX® patients:
- 70% said they wanted to improve their psychological well-being, motivated by a yearning for happiness or to feel more confident.
- 61% wanted to treat themselves or celebrate an occasion
- 59% wanted to look good in a professional setting.
The Procedure is Easy
BOTOX® injections can take as little as ten minutes and have minimal downtime, so they’re easy to fit into your busy schedule.
It Can Have Side Effects
BOTOX®, like all medical treatments, can have side effects. In studies for forehead lines, 9% of patients experienced headache, 2% had brow drooping, and 2% had eyelid drooping. In the frown line studies, 3% of patients experienced eyelid drooping, and in the crow’s feet studies, 1% of patients experienced eyelid swelling. We work with each individual to best assess their needs and wishes to ensure we provide options that fit. Your first appointment includes a consultation to answer your questions and minimize the risk of side effects.
In addition to some potential side effects, BOTOX® can have positive ones, too. BOTOX® was approved in 2010 for the treatment of chronic headaches and migraines. Work directly with your medical provider if you wish to look into BOTOX® as an option for your headaches and migraines to see if it will fit your needs.
Getting Started with BOTOX® Cosmetic
Botox® Cosmetic (which we offer here at Southdale’s Edina office) is the first and only FDA-approved treatment to temporarily smooth moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet lines and frown lines in adults. To learn more about treating your fine lines and wrinkles with Botox, call us today 952-920-7001.