I'm Ready to Try Botox® — What Should I Know?

Injectable cosmetic treatments account for over 10 million aesthetic treatments in the United States every year, accounting for well over half of the services performed. Botox® Cosmetic is a leader in this department, and for good reason. In the hands of a skilled medical professional it’s a safe and effective way to keep your face looking relaxed and youthful. 

Bayview General Medicine in Fort Lauderdale is both a general practice and a medical aesthetic specialist, experienced in Botox applications. Natural and successful results often come down to the expertise of your provider, so it makes sense to choose a medical clinic with knowledge of anatomy over a spa staffed by cosmeticians. As with any aesthetic procedure, you need to know what you’re getting into before you make your choice. 

How Botox works

Many people know that Botox is made from a purified and diluted version of toxin, one that can cause a serious form of food poisoning. This isn’t a risk you face with Botox injections. The toxin causes muscles to relax, and in its injectable form, Botox isn’t strong enough to harm you.

Instead, it relaxes expression muscles between and beside your eyes and on your forehead, muscles that become semi-permanently contracted over the years. These don’t cause normal wrinkles. Your skin simply takes on the shape of the underlying muscles. You could look tense or nervous around the clock, no matter how you actually feel. Botox forces relaxation that’s effective for three months or more. 

It’s a fast treatment

The idea of the “lunchtime” facial started with gentle chemical peels that could be scheduled in the middle of the day, without interfering with regular activities after your appointment. By this standard, Botox also qualifies as a lunchtime procedure. The necessary injections are simple and easily performed by an aesthetic specialist who knows the anatomy of the face. The needle used is very fine and the injections are shallow, so any bleeding stops quickly. 

Results are slower

Because Botox is reconstituted from a concentrated powder to a more dilute solution, you won’t see instant results. It can take two or three days for noticeable relaxation, with full results usually taking up to two weeks. While that may seem slow, the gradual onset means that there’s no lightswitch effect that lets people know you’ve had work done. After about five days, some may comment on how well rested you look. There’s no sudden, shocking transformation. 

Take it easy for 24 hours

If you have your treatment before your daily trip to the gym, skip that day’s workout. In fact, take it easy for the rest of the day while remaining upright. This gives the Botox injections time to settle into place. Increasing your heart rate or changing the effects of gravity could move the medication away from its target, potentially weakening the effect.

Contact Bayview General Medicine by phone or online to schedule a consultation to learn more about Botox Cosmetic treatments and what they can do for you. They can become a valuable addition to your aesthetic routine. Book your appointment now. 

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