Botox Injections The Pros and Cons of Getting Botox Treatment
Every year, thousands of clients receive Botox injections, making it one of the most sought after cosmetic treatments to remove or prevent wrinkles and fine lines, resulting in a more youthful appearance. Though initially Botox was approved for selective medical purposes in 1989, it wasn’t until 2002 that the FDA recognized it to be used in cosmetic treatments though its benefits to the skin were known before then. As with any cosmetic treatment, if it’s something that you’re seriously considering, it’s important to have a complete understanding of what the treatment is and know that it’s right for you before committing to it.
Interestingly, the active ingredient in Botox is also called clostridium botulinum, otherwise known as the bacteria that causes a type of food poisoning called botulism. Where botulism is concerned, high doses of the bacteria spread through the muscles and essentially paralyze the body by causing the muscles to contract, leading to difficulty breathing. In the hands of properly trained professionals and tightly regulated doses, small syringes of Botox injected into the face will not spread toward other muscles and is a safe and temporary solution for a variety of skin concerns and medical issues.
Beyond being used to tighten fine lines and wrinkles, Botox has also been shown to be effective in treating other conditions ranging from migraine headaches to excessive sweating and pain from endometriosis, among others. As with any treatment, though, you’ll want to consult with your primary physician in addition to your own research before proceeding forward with treatments.
Pros of Getting Botox Injections
- The most common reason for getting Botox injections is to treat fine lines around the eyes, forehead, and lips. Because these injections are non-surgical, they can be much more cost-effective than cosmetic surgery.
- Since the injections are only temporary, there is no permanent commitment, and you’re free at any point to stop getting treatments if you decide later that they just aren’t for you. After a while, your skin will regain its original shape as the results of the injections begin to wear off.
- Generally speaking, getting Botox is quick and easy, with most appointments only taking a few minutes depending on the number of units you will be receiving. During your initial consultation, you will learn how many units will be necessary for the treatment that you’re looking for and the results you want to achieve.
- The results can be seen relatively quickly, typically within a few days, but in some cases can start to be seen within a few hours after your appointment. The maximum amount of results will be noticeable within the first two weeks and will last for about three months, during which time you’ll have time to decide whether you want to book your next appointment.
- Although it isn’t recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women to receive this cosmetic treatment, this non-surgical treatment is generally a safe alternative to cosmetic surgery that still provides a more youthful appearance.
Cons of Getting Botox Injections
- In some instances, one of the biggest pros of Botox can also be its biggest con. Though it will vary depending on why you’re getting the injections, since the results are temporary, this means that you will have to continue getting them to maintain the benefits that you experience the first time. This can become quite costly after some time, so be sure that it’s right for you financially as well.
- Since the injections work to paralyze small parts of your face, with enough injections, it is possible that you will be inhibited from making certain facial expressions. This result is typically seen more in those who have had other cosmetic procedures in addition to Botox injections, but keep in mind before proceeding that it can happen. Weigh any concerns you may have with the trained professionals that you are working with.
- Depending on what part of the country you live in, injections can get quite expensive. California, for example, can be more expensive than other states. On average, you can expect to pay a few hundred dollars for one area of treatment each time treatment is received. The more units that are needed, the more expensive it can be.
- Although rare, there have been reports of allergic reactions to Botox treatments, often in people who are already taking antibiotics. Before proceeding with this cosmetic treatment, be sure to discuss with your primary physician any medicines that you are taking and ensure that you won’t experience any adverse reactions.
- Treatments must absolutely be given by a professional. While you may have heard of Botox parties, and they may very well sound like a fun event, these parties are also unsafe and can be dangerous. Injections should always be given in a sterile medical setting in the event of an emergency or allergic reaction, and always by a trained professional.
Potential Side Effects
It doesn’t happen often, but side effects of the injections are possible. They’re generally easily treated and mild, but before having any cosmetic procedure done, it is wise to know what those side effects can be.
- Around half of those who receive botox injections may experience mild nausea afterward. Remember that your body is receiving a foreign substance, and it doesn’t quite know how to handle it.
- You may experience slight soreness or bruising in the area where you received the injections. This is normal and should subside within a day or two. If the bruising worsens or the severity becomes concerning, seek medical attention right away to rule out an infection.
- It is also common to experience a headache after receiving injections, but this can be relieved with an over-the-counter aspirin.
- A more potentially severe side effect can include an upper respiratory infection, but this is very rarely reported.
- Some neck pain is normal to experience after a Botox appointment, but it isn’t cause for alarm. This, too, should subside soon.
It’s normal to be curious and maybe even a little anxious about getting this treatment, but as long as you have spent time researching your options, weighing the pros and cons, making an appointment with a trusted Langley Botox professional and discussing it with your primary physician before proceeding with treatment, you may just find that it’s the right non-surgical procedure for you.