Botox does come from Botulinum toxin, so it is important for you to fully understand the potential pros and cons before you agree to have the injections done. This allows you to make an informed decision as to whether these injections are the best option for you.
Talk to your doctor before getting the injections to ensure that they are able to help you with either anti-ageing or the other use that you are seeking Botox for. This allows you to choose the treatment that will provide you with the best chance at optimal results.
Exploring the Pros of Botox
Botox can help you to look younger by relaxing the muscles in certain areas of the face that can contribute to wrinkles and lines.
For the majority of people, Botox is effective and it has a low risk of side effects. It tends to produce results for an average of three to six months, so most people only need one to two touchups per year. You can immediately go back to work due to no downtime.
Anti-ageing is the most common use, but Botox also has a number of medical uses. It can help with things like severe muscle spasms, urinary incontinence and even migraine headaches.
These uses are becoming more popular and new uses for Botox continue to surface due to extensive research on the potential benefits of this injectable.
Some of the emerging uses for Botox include both medical and cosmetic uses. For example, there is research concerning using Botox for breast augmentation. In this case, it may help to firm and gently lift the breasts, alleviating the need for a costly and painful breast augmentation surgery.
Dentists are looking at Botox as a potential treatment for certain gum conditions to enhance a person’s smile.
Looking at the Cons of Botox
There are two primary cons of Botox and these are associated with the fact that you are essentially having a toxin injected into the body.
There is the risk for an allergic reaction and while these are relatively rare, you still want to be aware prior to getting the injections. Make sure that your doctor tells you what the signs of an allergic reaction are so that you know what to look out for once you return home after your injections.
There is also the potential for things like bruising, swelling and the facial muscles becoming overly relaxed and causing problems like droopy eyelids or drooling.
After you get Botox, you should know that for approximately three to six months, your facial expression range will be limited. You may not be able to do things like fully raise your eyebrows or smile as full as you did before the injections.
Some people do not find this to be an issue, but how limited your facial expressions are will depend on you.
You may not notice any major issues, but there is a chance that you will find it hard to make even the simplest of facial expressions.
The most important thing that you want to consider when you are planning to get Botox is the doctor that will administer the injections. This should factor into the pros and cons so that you have a comprehensive view of both the good and the bad associated with Botox.
When you are looking at potential doctors, look at their experience and track record in administering Botox. Make sure that the doctor that you choose has experience with the specific types of injections that you are seeking, such as injecting Botox to relieve wrinkles or injecting it for muscle spasms.