Botox | Frequently Asked Questions
Every year in the United States alone, millions of Americans receive Botox injections for various reasons. Although it is very popular, there are still questions left unanswered by those who wish to learn more, and that’s why we here at Atlanta Mobile Aesthetics and Hydrotherapy have answered a few of the most common questions below.
What does Botox do?
Botox is a medication given via injection by a highly-trained medical professional. It is designed to block specific signals from nerves — specifically the chemical signals that result in muscle contraction. Upon receiving a Botox injection, the facial muscles are temporarily relaxed to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the area the injection was given. Botox can provide patients with smoother skin, giving patients a more youthful-looking appearance.
Is Botox safe?
In the grand scheme of things, Botox is considered safe among medical professionals. It is important that injections only be provided by a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Injections should be prepared following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration standards.
What is Botox made of?
Injectable Botox is derived from Clostridium Botulinum — the same bacterium responsible for the life-threatening food poison known as botulism. Although it is made from a potentially harmful substance, Botox is significantly diluted in saline before being injected into the desired neuromuscular tissue.
Are there any restrictions after receiving Botox injections?
Medical professionals recommend those who receive Botox injections avoid strenuous exercise for at least 24hours following injection. In addition, trained professionals recommend:
- Avoiding lying down or putting pressure on the face for at least 4 hours
- Avoiding makeup application for one day
- Avoiding alcohol for 24 hours before and after your appointment as alcohol thins the blood making bleeding and bruising at the injection side worse
How often can I get Botox?
There is no specific guideline put into place in regards to a “schedule” of when to get Botox injections, however, the general rule of thumb is every 3 to 4 months. Those who wish to have less movement, wrinkles or fine lines opt to receive Botox every 3 months, whereas others may go at least 6 months between appointments. The highly-skilled team at Atlanta Mobile Aesthetics and Hydrotherapy will discuss your goals with you to devise a tailored treatment plan.
Is there a substitute for Botox?
There are currently no FDA-approved Botox alternatives as there are no products that can meet the safety standards, effectiveness, potency, and strength of Clostridium Botulinum. Botox is measured scientifically and undergoes a special manufacturing process that is unlike any other.
Will my face look abnormal or unnatural?
Under the direct supervision of a high-skilled professional, Botox injection treatment will offer subtle changes, reducing fine lines and wrinkles and providing a more youthful appearance, while leaving your face to look natural.
How old do I have to be to receive Botox?
There is no minimum age to receive Botox injections. However, many people do not begin injections of Botox until they are at least in their late 20s to their 30s. The truth is everyone ages differently. The timing of wrinkles and fine lines may begin to depend on cellular changes within the body, a reduction in collagen, genetic factors, and other environmental factors such as prolonged exposure to the sun or a tanning bed.