So you’ve been considering cosmetic injectables? Great! But you might still be a bit apprehensive after hearing horror stories of Botox gone wrong, right?
At Arijai Aesthetics, we’re here to set the record straight. We hear a lot of questions—from both men and women—concerning the safety and efficacy of Botox injections, most of which circulate around the issue of the infamous “frozen face.”
So today, we’re here to discuss the real truth behind Botox—what it is, what it does, and why it’s so important to work with a qualified, experienced injectionist. Let’s take a look.
What is Botox? How Does it Work?
Botox is a type of neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, more commonly known as botulism. But don’t let that scare you away! While we realize the mere thought of injecting a neurotoxin into your delicate facial skin can be intimidating, it’s really anything but!
To help ease your worries, remember that Botox has been in use for decades for its powerful, therapeutic benefits. In fact, the substance was first approved for therapeutic use 30 years ago! Due to the nanogram quantities required for treatment, Botox is widely considered safe by both the FDA and medical communities.
Botox’s mechanism of action is quite simple: the neurotoxin blocks your facial nerves’ secretion of acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for muscle contraction. Under normal circumstances, facial muscles contract to form your facial expressions. When they do, you’ll notice temporary wrinkling and folding of your facial skin. Under the influence of Botox, however, precise areas of your facial muscles are temporarily paralyzed.
As such, when you form certain facial expressions, your skin does not wrinkle or fold as normally. You should never experience “frozen face” or drooping with Botox injections. If you do, it’s because the procedure was performed incorrectly.
Experience Matters With Botox Injections
This is where the negative stories stem from. Experience and appropriate qualifications are paramount when it comes to injecting Botox. You’ve undoubtedly seen and heard accounts of over-injecting or irreversible damage after botched Botox injections, but had these individuals visited the right injectionist, these tales would never have come to pass.
As with any type of facial injection, it is imperative that you seek out a trained, qualified professional who has had years of experience in aesthetic medicine. Facial anatomy is intricate and complex, so injections should only be performed by highly-trained specialists.
When dealing with a neurotoxin, training and experience are even more crucial. Overdosing, underdosing, or injecting in the wrong location can leave behind undesirable results. A qualified specialist—such as those here at Arijai Aesthetics—is well-versed in facial anatomy, proper dosing, and appropriate injecting techniques, ensuring you’ll experience the best possible outcome.
Will Botox Totally Change My Appearance?
The great thing about Botox is that you can use it for minimal appearance changes or more intense results. If you just want to make small adjustments for signs of aging or reduce wrinkles, an occasional treatment is a great option. However, it’s also great if you want to change the appearance of your face with more frequent treatments.
It’s a common misconception about Botox that you can always tell when someone has had this treatment, but it’s completely false. You can tailor the results to suit your personal aesthetics.
If you have questions about Botox or want more information about our services, please call us; we are happy to go into details. But, for some general answers to questions about Botox, you can refer to our frequently asked questions below:
- What parts of my face can be treated with Botox? Botox can be injected in many areas of your face, such as wrinkles around your eyes, forehead, and mouth. Botox is also used to treat jaw pain and headaches.
- Does getting Botox hurt? Most patients report slight discomfort during the treatment, but it’s minimally invasive and not very painful.
- How long until I see results? Most people see the results of their Botox treatment in 3-5 days, but it might take up to two weeks to see the full impact.
Have more questions about Botox and how it can help with medical conditions or your appearance? Contact our office today!
Aesthetic Medicine Experts at Arijai Aesthetics
At Arijai Aesthetics, our goal is to help you discover the joy of creating the appearance you’ve always dreamed of. We pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality medical aesthetic treatments in the Twin Cities area due to our compassionate staff's extensive training and qualifications.
Whatever your aesthetic goals, we’ll tailor a plan specifically suited to your individual needs. Contact our team or upload your photos for a free virtual consultation to get started! Or, you can always reach a member of our caring staff at 952-435-0605. We’d love to get you started on your path to revealing your best you!