Thing to Know Before You Get Botox!
To begin, I feel it’s hugely important to state that whether a person choses to alter and/or enhance their natural God-given appearance is 100% up to them. I have nothing but respect and admiration for those who chose to age naturally and gracefully, and for many that is the ultimate goal! I also have just as much respect and admiration for those who decide to use forms of enhancements (like fillers and Botox) to achieve a younger look or to maintain the one they already have. What I am not in favor of are those who don’t inform themselves well enough about the process and still get aesthetic alterations/enhancements. Because #LookOfLoveLashes has several laser skin rejuvenation clients, we’re also seeing several Botoxed and filled faces walking through our doors. After talking to several clients who have Botox, and after extensive research, I decided to inform you guys on few important things to know about Botox, should you decide to ever try it!
1. Botulinum toxin (Botox) is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This is the most toxic substance known. The purpose of it is to plump out wrinkles and folds in one’s skin to remove the look of wrinkles. It is injected in small quantities into overactive muscles to weaken them and decrease their movements. It blocks the muscle nerve transmission to the brain which stops that part of the brain from responding, preventing muscle movement.
2. Botox takes about 48 hours before you start to see the effects of it and will last about 4 – 6 months before it wears off…YES! BOTOX WEARS OFF!! Over a period of time the bacteria will dissipate under your skin, bringing you back to wrinkles and fine lines. There are several factors that will dictate how long your injections will last. One factor that I’ve heard several clients talk about is athleticism. Being very athletic and having a fast metabolism will immensely decrease the length of time your Botox will remain in your body. Other factors include, muscle size and strength, sun exposure and damage, dilution, skills of the technician, dose, and the length of time the person has been getting Botox.
3. It is best paired with laser treatments. Let’s say your pants size is a 6, however you buy a pair of size 4 jeans. If you wear those jeans overtime then they will stretch out to fit your size 6 shape. Now imagine putting those stretched out size 4 pants on someone who is actually a size 4. Those pants aren’t going to be their true fit on that person and it will result in a baggy look. This also applies to your skin. When Botox is injected under the skin, it stretches out the skin in that area. When the Botox dissolves, the skin will be left saggy…possibly even saggier than it initially was if there was too much Botox put in the area. And because the elastin and collagen is most likely gone or producing slower in that area, the skin won’t snap back. This is where laser treatments like skin rejuvenation comes in! (Ta-daaaaa!!!) Not only do these treatments assist with wrinkle and fine line reduction, they also tighten your skin and stimulate collagen and elastin production! After a few weeks post-Botox, getting a laser treatment on your skin will decrease the sagging you’ll experience when the Botox dissolves.
4. To avoid looking “overdone” or botched, you need to wait till your Botox completely dissipates before going for your next round of injections. When you wait till the Botox has faded before adding more, you’ll maintain a natural, less cartoonish look. I have a specific client that immediately comes to my mind when I think of perfect Botox. Before she told me her age, I assumed she was probably mid-to-late 20s. She looks young and fresh and her skin looks healthy and amazing. When she told me she’s actually 35 and has been getting Botox since her 20s, I was floored. By no means does she look Botoxed in the slightest, and she especially doesn’t look like she’s been getting it for years. I was highly impressed. Her secret? Not only does she have an amazing technician, she also doesn’t overdo how frequently she gets injected. She’s super athletic, which means she burns it out of her body in about 4 months. She only gets touched up once her current injections are gone.
5. Good Botox is not cheap. Typically you’ll pay per unit/site for the injection, and just like any other service, you’re also paying for the expertise, time, and skills of the technician doing it. When it comes to your face, I don’t suggest chasing the deal. If you’re going to make the leap to get any alterations done to your appearance than opt for the professional who has an amazing reputation, is knowledgeable, will explain everything to you regarding the treatment you’re getting, including the post-care prior to getting started, and is priced reasonable. Other things to look out for is a sanitary practice.
6. Immediately after getting Botox, you will want to remain expressionless and you’ll need to gently massage the treated area for the first few days. Trying to tense your face to see how the Botox has settled in it, is NOT a good idea. It’s hella entertaining for yourself and others to watch for sure, but it’s going to make the injection gather in one spot and settle there, rather than spread out in the overall area. Also, it’s going to cause more lumps in your face. If lumps do occur, then just gently massage it out so that the Botox is dispersed evenly.
7. In the first few days, possibly even weeks, post-Botox, the treated area will feel hard rather than soft and plush like your skin typically would without Botox. As the Botox dissolves, the feeling of the area will get softer however, at the beginning it won’t.
Overall, I am not pro or anti- Botox. I just can’t stress the importance of doing your research before getting this or any other beauty treatment. I hope you found this article informative and I urge you to do even more research on the topic if you are considering getting injected! Good luck!