Year after year, Botox Cosmetic has remained one of the most popular anti-aging treatments around. It is easy to see why. A treatment takes less than 30 minutes, and produces results that last for up to three months. Botox works on the Frown Lines between the eyebrows and on Crow’s Feet by the eyes. The temporary treatment can also reduce forehead lines, smoker’s lines, and unsightly neck bands. Botox Cosmetic can also be used beyond treating wrinkles: the injectable can stop excessive sweating and even reduces migraines.
Sure, Botox might be fantastic, but it is important to remember, it may not be right for everyone. There may even be some cases when a Botox treatment either is not going to be appropriate for you. Take a look at a few instances when Botox is not the right answer.
Right Before a Big Event
If you’re getting married in the morning, is it too late for Botox? Yes, the day before your wedding or significant event is not going to be beneficial. Unlike dermal fillers, Botox needs a bit of time to work. You won’t see your full results for two weeks, after a treatment. On top of that, you might actually see a few unwanted side effects such as redness, swelling, or bruising showing up in the photos of your big day.
It is always best to schedule your Botox injections three to four weeks in advance. You will have visible results by the time you need them. Plus, you will have had time to recover from any bruising or other side effects of the injections.
To Treat a Loss of Volume
Botox Cosmetic is a neuromodulator, which means that it affects the nerves and muscles. When a surgeon injects Botox into a specific area, such as by the Frown Lines, it works by keeping certain nerves from signaling to associated muscles. You become unable to make the repetitive muscle movement that leads line or crease.
Due to its mechanism of action, Botox will not work on wrinkles that form from facial volume loss, or sagging skin that results from gravity. For example, the lines between your mouth and nose cannot be erased with Botox. The injectable also cannot plump up the lips or add volume to the cheeks. These issues will require an injectable filler.
When You’re Pregnant
Should you get Botox Cosmetic when pregnant or breastfeeding? Generally, the answer will be no. There have yet to be many conclusive studies regarding the effects of Botox Cosmetic on a fetus. Therefore, most cautious surgeons will advise you that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Skip the Botox until after delivery or after you have finished breastfeeding.
When You’re Taking Certain Medicines
Some medicines can make bruising worse after a Botox Cosmetic injection. Before your treatment, it is a good idea to tell the injector everything you are taking, including herbal supplements. He or she can recommend waiting until you’ve finished the medication, postponing the injection for a few days, or giving you the green light to go forward.
Houston plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Vitenas and the staff at Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique, can answer any questions you have about Botox Cosmetic. Let us help you decide if Botox is right for you. To schedule a complementary Botox consultation, call our office at (281) 810-9093 today.