Those familiar with Instagram might have seen their friends and favourite celebrities use the “plastic surgery filter”. You might have even used it yourself! The filter deforms your face by giving you a tiny, post plastic surgery nose, fuller lips, more prominent cheekbones, and, of course, a smooth forehead. One way to achieve that in real life is to get Botox injections.
In this day and age, the way you look no longer indicates the year you were born. That goes for wrinkles too! Botox allows you to cheat nature and stay young and beautiful even as your skin begins to age. Botox is a substance that can reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and creases on your face.
Of course, Botox is not a universal cure. It may treat frown and smile wrinkles, but not those induced by sun damage and gravity. The deeper the wrinkles are, the harder it will be to get rid of them completely. One treatment will not cure you; it will merely reduce the appearance of some wrinkles for a short period of time. Now, exactly how short is that period? Let’s find out.
For those not familiar with the treatment - Botox is injected into specific muscles of the face. It works in a way that it paralyses the muscle, preventing it from moving and creating new wrinkles. It also reduces the appearance of existing wrinkles. The procedure itself only lasts a few minutes and is almost painless. It takes full effect in up to 2 weeks. The first 7-14 days after the procedure you might experience some swelling and bruising. That, however, is very individual, and many people report no short-term side effects at all.
The effects of the procedure can last between 3 and 6 months. In that time your face will appear smooth and fresh. As the substance dilutes and muscles begin to move again - wrinkles will reappear.
The duration of the effect may depend on the type of Botox used. Botox type A can last for up to 6 months, while Dysport and Myoblok tend to last for 3 months only. The dosage plays a role in the duration too. Higher doses generally last longer, but they also put you at higher risk for side effects. Having a quicker metabolism could mean your body gets rid of the substance faster. Skin elasticity and age can play a role too.
As the effects of Botox wear off, you might consider coming back for another treatment. Don’t rely on your intuition. Contact your doctor to find out exactly when it is safe to get another injection.
Contrary to popular belief, experts claim that long-term Botox use may eliminate some wrinkles altogether. Apparently, getting Botox every 3-6 months throughout a 10 year period teaches your muscles to be less active and leads to muscle atrophy, thus ensuring no new wrinkle formation. Of course, that does not mean being unable to exhibit any emotions. Botox is injected into specific muscles, leaving the rest of your face free to move.
Even though getting Botox injections is bearable and quick, you might dread your upcoming appointment. Luckily, there are some things you can do to extend the effect of the treatment. You can start by avoiding exercise right after the treatment. Working out may speed up your metabolism and cause you to burn not only your fat, but also the Botox. Staying away from the gym for a few weeks after the procedure can make it last longer. Zinc supplements can play a role too. There is a connection between Botox and zinc supplements. People that take them reported results lasting up to 30% longer.
Here is a tip for first time users: do some research and consult your doctor before you make the final decision. If you are in your late teens or early 20s, maybe you should consider sticking to Instagram filters for now!