How Safe is Botox®?

While you might see ads for new cosmetic products all the time, only a few stand the test of time. Celebrating its 20th birthday as a cosmetic treatment in 2022, Botox® has established itself. The words “botulinum toxin” might make you feel uneasy, but Botox® has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness for decades. 

How Does Botox® Work?

If you have lines and wrinkles around your eyes, forehead, or between your brows, Botox® offers a solution. This wrinkle-relaxing treatment smooths crow’s feet, smile lines, forehead lines, and vertical creases between the brows (the 11’s). When injected, Botox® works by preventing your facial nerves from communicating with the target muscles. The muscles stop contracting, and your lines and wrinkles can soften and become smoother.

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How Safe is Botox®?

The FDA approved Botox® for medical use in 1989 and cosmetic use in 2002. After twenty years, Botox® remains one of the safest and most popular anti-aging products on the market. Besides lines and wrinkles, doctors use Botox® to treat excess sweating, overactive bladder, muscle spasms, and problems with the eye muscles. The well-established safety of Botox® makes it popular for medical and cosmetic uses. 

Although the key element of Botox® is called botulinum toxin, this product causes no permanent changes to your muscles or nerves. Botox® stops the nerve from sending out a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. When the effects wear off, your nerve can resume sending signals, and the muscle will respond as it did before. In the localized doses used for cosmetic purposes, chances of side effects are rare, usually mild and temporary

How Old Should You Be to Get Botox®?

If you already have deep lines and wrinkles around your eyes, mouth, and forehead, Botox® can make a dramatic difference in making them smoother and softer. However, many people now choose to start Botox® in their 30s or even their 20s. These men and women may not have enough lines and wrinkles for Botox® to make a noticeable difference. Because Botox® stops muscles from contracting, starting Botox® early can prevent lines and wrinkles from forming. 

There is no “correct age” to start getting Botox®, so discuss this personal choice during your consultation. Some people begin asking their friends about Botox® and are surprised to learn they have been getting it for years. No one needs to know you have started getting Botox® unless you want them to. 

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Is There Any Downtime After Botox®?

You can resume most normal activities after Botox®. Most people return to work or their usual activities. While many people have no after-effects from their injections, some might notice a small amount of redness, bruising, or swelling. This will usually fade within a day or two. 

After Botox®, you should follow a few precautions as outlined by your provider. These may include:

  • Avoid rubbing your face for the next several hours
  • Try to avoid tilting your head forward
  • Do not take NSAIDs like aspirin since they could increase your bruising

These recommendations usually last six to twelve hours. Your provider may recommend avoiding exercise till the next day. Make sure to follow these instructions. Rubbing your face or tilting your head could encourage the treatment to spread outside the injection area, temporarily affecting other facial muscles. 

What Results Will I See With Botox®?

You may start to see results from Botox® in about three days. Full results usually take seven to ten days to develop. You will notice your lines and wrinkles become softer and smoother as the muscles relax. Botox® works best on dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle movement and will not have the same effect on wrinkles caused by loose, sagging skin. 

Most people see their Botox® results last three to four months. You can safely have Botox® as often as needed to maintain your results or continue to prevent lines and wrinkles. After over twenty years of use, scientists have established that Botox® is safe even for long-term use in most cases. Wearing sunscreen consistently will help maintain your results.

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