Botox was approved by the FDA 12 years ago, and has since taken the world by storm. The number of medications that become household names is low – and Botox has good reason for being so widely discussed. The benefits it offers men and women struggling with wrinkles (and even chronic pain) are impressive, and the procedure simple. There aren’t many sources of downtime-free facial rejuvenation around.
But because Botox has become so popular, there’s been gossip mixed in with the truth. Skyrocketing popularity is always associated with backlash. The number of facts, pieces of fiction, and uncertain rumors swirling across the Internet can leave patients puzzled. What’s true about Botox, and what’s myth? This blog post will answer some of the most common questions first-time Botox patients want to (and should) ask. Once you’re knowledgeable, you’ll be more comfortable with treatment and ready to smooth your facial lines.
How Safe is Botox?
Botox contains botulinum toxin, a purified protein that is approved for medical use. It receives the “toxin” label because it stops muscle movement. This effect on muscles isn’t something to fear about Botox – it’s the whole reason the medication is effective. Once injected, Botox affects the nerve endings at the treatment site. Botox stops nerves at the neuromuscular junction from releasing acetylcholine, which halts the chain of command between nerves and muscles. This keeps the muscles relaxed.
Botox is non-surgical, so treatment has fewer risks than other sources of facial rejuvenation. When administered by a qualified professional, Botox will have the desired effect on the skin. It won’t relax muscles that weren’t intended to remain at rest. Dr. Robin Asbury has spent her career studying the facial musculature, and is highly qualified to provide Botox treatment. With treatment at her hands, you’ll know exactly what to expect from your results.
Can Men Get Botox Treatment?
Anyone of the appropriate age and health can get Botox. There’s no difference in the way it affects male and female skin. While we tend to associate Botox with women, this is the case for most aesthetic treatments. But male skin ages, just as female skin does. There’s no reason for men to feel uncomfortable with the resulting wrinkles. Male use of Botox is currently on the rise (about 7% of all users are men), and the medication is available to all interested male parties
Will Botox Freeze My Facial Expressions?
Botox affects only the muscles at the injection site. If Botox is properly injected by an experienced provider, it will result in minute, carefully controlled muscle relaxation. The number of units injected dictates the level of influence over muscle reactions. Too many could result in stiffened facial expressions. But when Botox is administered appropriately, the results are natural-looking and subtle. You will still emote, smile, and laugh as usual, and your face won’t seem frozen.
Will Botox Change the Way I Look?
Botox isn’t permanent, so it can’t result in a lifelong change (results usually last between 3-6 months). Moreover, the results are gentle enough that you won’t appear to be a different person – your wrinkles will simply smooth out. If you like the results and want to continue treatment, you’ll be able to receive new injections once the medication has worn off. If you don’t like the results, you will regain normal muscle function. No matter your needs or preferences, we can set up a treatment schedule that fits.
Your Denver Botox Provider
Curious about Botox, and ready to talk specifics? Get in touch with Metro Smiles to arrange a consultation. We will help you rejuvenate your appearance and renew your lease on life.