What You Should Know About Botox Before Your Injection

A doctor injects Botox into a woman's face

Aging is a natural and unavoidable aspect of life. While you can’t literally stop time, there are a few treatments you can undergo to combat some of the effects of aging. For many, those effects are often found on the face in the form of wrinkles and crow’s feet. One such anti-aging treatment is Botox injects.

You have likely heard of Botox but may not know exactly what it is. Contrary to the belief of some, it’s not just for the rich and famous. It’s available to anyone who is interested in slowing the effects of the aging process. Here’s what you should know about Botox:

What Is It?

The substance that’s injected is a purified toxin that’s produced from clostridium botulinum. This substance is “Botulinum Toxin Type A” or Botox for short. When this is injected into your face, it will block the nerve signals to the muscle, stopping the muscle from contracting.

What Does it Do?

Before you receive the injections, you’ll likely have a consultation with the health care professional you’re working with. They’ll have you smile, raise your eyebrows, frown, and such so they can gather information on how your face naturally moves. This will help them correctly place the injections. Once the injections are completed, the Botox will stop sending nerve signals to the muscles, which will cause them to stop contracting. This will have the effect of preventing wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet, as it’s these muscle contractions that cause them in the first place.

What Happens After?

It’s normal after the procedure to experience some swelling and headaches. Usually that will subside within a day or so, especially if you take an over-the-counter painkiller. Within a couple weeks, you should start to notice the change in appearance. Your frown lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other imperfections should have started to soften.

Another important consideration during this process is to choose reputable provider. Dr. Kirit Kothari has been performing safe and effective cosmetic dermatology procedures for many years. If you’re located in the area of Bethlehem or Allentown, PA, schedule a consultation to get the anti-aging process started today!  

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