Botox® is a minimally invasive anti-aging treatment that is effective in addressing fine lines and wrinkles. Despite the procedure's popularity, both women and men alike still turn to expensive creams and facials that promise more youthful-looking skin. One reason may be the misconceptions about Botox.
At Dermatology Associates of Central New Jersey, we want you to know the facts. With Botox injections, our team of dedicated experts offers safe, fast, and semi-permanent solutions for facial lines and wrinkles. Our board-certified dermatologists and staff are prepared to debunk common Botox myths and help you attain a more youthful appearance. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Botox?
Botox is a nonsurgical treatment that uses thin needles to inject botulinum into problem areas on your skin. The solution prevents nerve cell signals from reaching your muscles. When your muscles contract, they create fine lines in your skin, and over time, wrinkles form in delicate areas around your eyes and mouth.
Although Botox injections don't remove wrinkles entirely, they do smooth your skin by stopping your muscles from contracting when you make certain facial expressions.
Botox provides you with a smoother, more even appearance by targeting dynamic wrinkles that become obvious when you're laughing, squinting, or frowning. The treatment has also become an option for anyone who wants to use Botox as a preventive measure against aging. Small quantities of Botox injections over a more extended period have shown promise in lowering your risk for developing deep wrinkles.
What to expect from Botox treatment
Before your treatment begins, you consult with us to determine if Botox injections are right for you. Once we determine that Botox can help smooth out your skin, we map out your areas of concern and mark places where the injections go. We may numb the areas slightly with ice packs, then we insert a thin needle into your skin and inject the Botox.
When the procedure is over, you may feel some discomfort or notice raised bumps around the injection site. This is a typical side effect that should fade a few hours after the procedure. Recovery time is minimal, and severe side effects are rare.
Here are some myths and facts about Botox
Don't let misinformation keep you from receiving Botox treatments. Find out how our team at Dermatology Associates of Central New Jersey can use Botox as a weapon in your arsenal against aging.
Myth: You won't be able to move your face
This is one of the most common misconceptions about Botox. If you fear Botox because you've seen a celebrity or friend left with a frozen look, let up assure you that you don’t need to worry. Botox injections do not immobilize your face muscles to that point where you are unable to be expressive.
Injections work by relaxing muscles creating dynamic lines and wrinkles. When administered correctly, Botox should subtly enhance your face, allowing you to maintain a natural look.
Fact: Only a trained professional can administer Botox
When considering cosmetic treatments, choose your practitioner carefully. Only licensed medical professionals are trained to inject Botox, so you can be sure the injections are safe and free of potentially dangerous ingredients.
At Dermatology Associates of Central New Jersey, we have years of experience in performing various cosmetic procedures and have produced many successful results with Botox treatments.
Myth: Botox is unsafe
When properly administered by qualified practitioners, Botox is an entirely safe procedure. The treatment uses botulinum toxin in the form of a purified protein to temporarily relax your facial muscles. There have been more than 16 million successful procedures performed since the practice was introduced.
Botox is not only used to correct cosmetic concerns, but it can also resolve some health issues such as migraines or excessive sweating. Side effects following the procedure may include mild pain, swelling, or bruising around the treated area. There is no downtime, and you should be able to return to your daily routine as soon as you leave our office.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you aren’t a good candidate for Botox. In rare cases, some patients may experience a headache, upset stomach, or flu-like symptoms following the procedure. In these cases, you should contact us as soon as possible.
Fact: Results are temporary
Botox results don't last forever, and you may need more than one treatment to achieve your desired results. It may take about two weeks for you to see the effects of a Botox session, and then results tend to last between three and six months.
You can maintain your results by scheduling follow-up treatments throughout the year. As your muscles shrink with each treatment, lines and wrinkles naturally begin looking less severe.
If you’re interested in enhancing your look with Botox, contact our office or book an appointment online.