Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment, and for many men and women it has become an integral part of their beauty regimen.

It’s favored by countless celebrities, and almost everyone knows of a few friends, colleagues, or family members that routinely seek this wrinkle-smoothing injectable.

Despite all of this information and awareness, it’s not surprising that Botox beginners have questions and concerns before going under the needle. Here are the Botox basics to get you ready for your first treatment.

What Is Botox and How Does It Work?

Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin type A, and like Dysport and Xeomin, is considered to be a neuromodulator. It has multiple medical indications, but is probably best known for its ability to smooth facial wrinkles and lines.

It works by blocking acetylcholine, a chemical messenger that’s necessary for muscle contraction. As a result, Botox deactivates muscles and inhibits wrinkle-causing facial expressions.

When Is the Right Time to Get Botox?

To start, there isn’t a pre-determined age for a patient’s first Botox treatment. However, aesthetic experts recommend that men and women in their late 30s and early 40s may want to consider Botox when they notice wrinkles while their face is at rest.

There are also injectors that support preventative Botox for younger patients as a way to stop wrinkles from developing in the first place.

Where Can Botox Be Administered?

Botox injections are FDA-approved for treatment of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines. It’s often used by skilled and experienced injectors off-label to treat other areas of the face.

Additionally, Botox has proven to be very effective in reducing up to 60-90 percent of underarm sweat for patients with hyperhidrosis.

Are There Any Botox Side Effects?

Botox is considered a zero-downtime treatment, and in the hands of a qualified provider, is a very safe procedure.

The most common side effects are temporary bruising and headaches. However, other potential risks include drooping eyelids (ptosis), allergic reactions, rash, muscle stiffness, and difficulty swallowing.

How Long Do Botox Results Last?

Botox results can typically be noted within five-to-seven days, and last three-to-four months. In the underarms, effects can persist for up to 9 months.

For additional information about Botox, please call our office today to schedule an appointment.