This video contains images of injections.
Most people's concerns with Botox start with either "How long has it been around? Is it safe?" or "Will I look plastic after?" So when we decided to dive into what actually happens in a Botox appointment, we wanted to get those questions out of the way first thing.
Botox is a protein and neurotoxin. It was used in humans starting in the 1980s but was found to relax muscles as early as the 1940s. While Botox has been on the rise in recent years, the FDA-approved prescription has been studied for several decades.
When it comes to the "plastic" look, it all depends on your doctor. We visited cosmetic dermatologist to the stars Dr. Jessica Wu in Brentwood, CA, to learn about the side effects, what to expect from an appointment, and who is a good candidate.
- Patients with deep creases and lines are great candidates. But Botox can also be preventative. Patients in their late 20s who are starting to see lines develop (like crow's-feet, frown lines, and vertical lip lines) could benefit from Botox. As with any medical procedure, consult your doctor.
- There's barely any recovery time. Unlike a chemical peel or other in-office treatments for wrinkles, Botox can be done quickly — you could be in and out during lunch. You might experience redness and swelling, similar to a bug bite, but that should subside within a few hours. Be aware, though, that there are some side effects you could experience, depending on where you receive the procedure, such as drooping eyelids, blurred vision, and trouble speaking or breathing (due to relaxed muscles). That is why it's imperative you research and choose the right doctor for this procedure. Dr. Wu suggests a cosmetic dermatologist who really knows facial structure.
- Just say "no" to Botox parties. While television shows have glamorized Botox in group settings, it is a medical procedure. (Obviously.) Therefore, you should always consult your dermatologist prior to receiving the treatment and get it done in office to ensure it's done properly and you're able to ask any and all questions you may have.
- You can see results as early as 24-48 hours after. Botox patients love the instant results the procedure gives, but you'll see maximum results about three to four weeks after your appointment.
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