So you’ve been considering cosmetic injectables? Great! But you might still 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 a bit, keep in mind 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 and fold as it normally would. 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. No doubt, you’ve 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, and as such, 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.


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 the extensive training and qualifications possessed by our compassionate staff. Whatever your aesthetic goals may be, we’ll tailor a plan specifically suited to your individual needs. To get started, contact our team or upload your photos for a free virtual consultation! 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!