Posted on: 3 November 2020Share
Do the sudden appearance of laugh lines or crow's feet bother you? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Botox was the top minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in 2019. If you want to join the millions of women and men who choose botulinum toxin injections, take a look at what you need to know about getting a youthful, natural result.
Set Realistic Expectations
What can and can't this popular injectable do? Botox injections (also known as botulinum toxin type A) can temporarily reduce the appearance of fine facial lines and some types of wrinkles. When used cosmetically, the injectable can smooth crow's feet around your eyes, frown lines, lip lines, and forehead wrinkles or furrows.
While injections can reduce or even eliminate the look of these types of lines, botulinum toxin isn't permanent and it can't erase deep wrinkles or creases. If you're not sure how well this injectable will meet your expectations, talk to a licensed provider. The cosmetic medical professional can explain the process, examine your areas of concern, and help you to understand what to realistically expect.
Choose the Right Provider
Who should inject botulinum toxin type A into clients for cosmetic reasons? Choose a board-certified licensed dermatologist or plastic surgeon with extensive experience in this area. These specialized medical providers work in medical offices, cosmetic clinics, hospitals, and other similar healthcare environments.
Ask friends, family, or your primary care physician for referrals. Make sure your potential future provider can give you the natural look you want and ask for before/after photos and references from past or current clients.
Along with photos and references, discuss your aesthetic goals with the medical provider. The doctor and surgeon can explain how they'll help you to get achieve the refreshed, natural appearance you want.
Follow the Doctor's Orders
More isn't better in terms of injectables. Never press the doctor to inject more Botox than they recommend. A qualified medical provider knows how much of the injectable to use for a natural, youthful look. You may need to start with a lower dose to see how well the injectable works.
The doctor can also help you to create a schedule for future treatments. As a temporary treatment for fine lines, you'll need regular touch-ups to maintain the effects. The number of months between injections depends on how your facial muscles respond to the treatment. Too many injections in a too-short period of time may result in an unnatural look. Talk to a cosmetic medical provider to learn more about Botox injections.