Am I Ready for Botox?
You hear about Botox everywhere. The headline “Bad Botox” catches your eye at the tabloid stand while you’re checking out at the supermarket. But, is Botox really all that bad? Chances are you know someone who has or has had Botox injections. A friend, neighbor, or coworker perhaps? Botox is the most commonly administered cosmetic treatment in the world, so yes, you know someone who’s had it. And most likely, you’ve seen this person and thought to yourself, ‘Wow, she looks great! I wonder what moisturizer she uses?’ or maybe, ‘ She takes really good care of herself; I wish I knew her secret.’
Let us clue you in on their secret: its Botox! Rather than distorting your natural beauty, Botox enhances it. Its not “paralyzing your face”, but rather selectively relaxing certain muscles to lift up your brows, open up your eyes, and smooth fine lines in the forehead and crow’s feet. It can even be used to shape the jawline, softening the angle of the jaw to make it look less square and more tapered. Botox is a highly purified protein injection that in the right hands, can become your new secret weapon in the fight against aging. At Celibre Medical we provide Botox injections to patients in the Los Angeles and Orange county area.
If you want to look less tired, more refreshed and smooth out your skin, then the answer to your Botox question is, “Yes!”
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is injected in very small amounts into the muscles that we want to relax. Within 7-14 days, you will notice these muscles weaken gradually and eventually fully relax, softening the lines on the skin above them.
The reason this happens is because Botox binds to and blocks the little receptors on the muscle that the brain’s signaling system uses to make muscles contract. The signal molecule is called Acetylcholine.
Gradually, over a period of 3-4 months, our muscles regain their ability to contract. These blocked receptors are reopened, which allows the muscle to respond to Acetylcholine again. So yes, Botox is not permanent. It wears off gradually and if you like what it does for you, then come back and see us again.
What are the Possible Side Effects of Botox?
Botox is indeed a drug. And just like any other drug, sometimes unwanted side effects can happen. The good news is that we know a lot about Botox. Its been used for cosmetic purposes for over 30 years! It has an excellent safety track record. BUT, it needs to be administered by a highly skilled injector. Took out sentence here. Would you let your dermatologist deliver your baby or your dentist remove your skin cancer? Of course not! While these providers are very good at what they do, an experienced injector should be your choice to inject you with Botox.
Having said that, it is still possible to have the following side effects:
- Diffusion of the Botox that weakens the wrong muscle: this is what can cause ptosis or a drooping eyelid or a crooked or uneven smile.
- Allergic reaction: while extremely rare, it’s still a possibility as Botox is a drug. More likely caused by the additives used to make Botox stable and deliver it effectively to the muscle.
- Bruising: this is where injector experience is HUGE. The Botox doesn’t bruise, but know where to put that needle to inject it makes a big difference!
These are all rare, and if they do happen, they generally last a few days to a week. While we don’t intend for any of our patients to experience an unwanted side effect, we are here to see you and discuss any concern you may have after treatment.
The bottom line is you want to know and trust that your practitioner is highly knowledgeable and skilled at injecting Botox. Celibre injectors are highly trained and understand the art of Botox. We look at you as an individual, taking your unique facial anatomy and discussing your specific needs and concerns to create a treatment plan that’s just for you!