Botox Cosmetic might be one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available – but you still may not be sure when the time it right to seriously consider the injectable. When you do find yourself thinking about Botox, be on the lookout for the telltale signs that will let you know the time has come.
Lines On Your Face
Remember that Botox is used to treat specific lines: dynamic wrinkles, or the ones created by repeated muscle movements. You know you might be ready for Botox when you begin noticing dynamic wrinkles across your forehead, after years of lifting your brows. Dynamic lines can also develop between your eyebrows, in the form of two vertical creases known as the frown lines. Crow’s feet, the crinkly lines that form at the corners of your eyes, and Smoker’s Lines, short lines that develop around the mouth, are two more examples of dynamic lines.
Not Happy About Impending Wrinkles
There is a big difference between having dynamic wrinkles, and how strongly you feel about those lines. Some people don’t mind the beginning creases across their forehead or between their eyebrows. However, others can be devastated by their appearance. If you fall into that latter group, it’s a sign to consider Botox.
Advice From an Experienced Injector
One easy way to see if you’re ready for Botox is to consult with an experienced injector. At this time, the plastic surgeon can evaluate your skin, the state of any wrinkles you have, and let you know if Botox will help reduce their appearance. The physician can also let you know if a different option, such as fillers or laser treatments, would bring better results.
Along with giving you an idea of whether or not Botox can help, an experienced injector can also give you a fair sense of what you can expect from the treatment. For example, many people expect to see results immediately after treatment. While dermal fillers provide instant results, Botox needs some time to work. Since the injectable works by reducing or stopping certain muscle movements, it takes a week or two before the lines created by those movements will fade.
Clear Understanding of What Botox Can and Cannot Do
Sometimes, people expect Botox to be a miracle cure. While it can reduce the appearance of certain wrinkles, and help you look more youthful, it doesn’t do everything. Understanding how it will or won’t help you is a key part of being ready for the treatment. For example, if you are expecting the treatment to fix all of the signs of aging on your face, you might be disappointed with your results.
Having an idea of the potential side effects from Botox is also important. While the injection doesn’t typically cause problems, and many people get back to their daily lives right after treatment, you should be aware of potential side effects. The most common problem after Botox Cosmetic injections are bruising and mild swelling.
For that reason, and because it typically takes a few days for the results to appear, it’s usually recommended that you schedule your injection at least a week before any big events. If you are thinking about getting Botox to look refreshed and youthful in your wedding photos, for example, a trial run four to six months before the big day is a very good idea. If you love your results, you can repeat the injections closer to the big day.
It is also worth noting that the substance can migrate from one area of the face to the other. To keep that from happening, your injector will typically recommend keeping your head up for several hours. It is also advisable to avoid lying down or bending forward during this time period.
If you’re ready to say goodbye to your frown lines, crow’s feet or forehead lines, the signs all point toward Botox Cosmetic. To learn more about the treatment, and what you can expect, speak with a member of the team at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique. To schedule a personal consultation, call the Houston office at (281) 810-9083.