The purpose of preventative Botox is to help prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face. It is injected into the face and works by blocking nerve signals to the targeted muscles.
What exactly does Botox do?
Wrinkles on the face are caused by repetitive movements of the muscles underneath the skin.
Since Botox relaxes the muscle and prevents movement, it in turn helps prevent wrinkles from being seen on the face.
Botox is a minimally invasive procedure and is most commonly used between your eyebrows, your forehead, and the lines around your eyes.
Receiving preventative botox injections from a trained, certified provider is important to help minimize side effects and achieve the best results.
Make sure to go to a cosmetic dermatologist or board-certified plastic surgeon to administer Botox.
Can Botox really be preventative?
The answer is yes; in many cases, Botox can be preventative.
Since many facial wrinkles are caused by repetitive movement of facial muscles, preventing the muscle from moving will potentially help stop wrinkles from forming.
There is a possibility that preventative Botox can lead to less need in the future.
But because Botox as a preventative measure is fairly recent, we are not sure how long preventative Botox can prevent wrinkles from appearing.
A locked or “frozen” muscle look can be a high risk with preventative Botox done too early.
If there are no wrinkles to prevent, your face has a higher risk of looking “stiff”.
How often should you do preventative botox?
Your mid-to-late twenties or early thirties is the earliest recommended time to start preventative Botox.
Remember, Botox is not permanent.
The idea of preventing wrinkles with injections is a fairly new one, and though it can help prevent wrinkles, more studies are needed to figure out the full scope of preventative treatment.
The effects will begin to wear off around 12 weeks. Injections will need to be touched up every 3 to 6 months for the most preventative effect.
Pros and Cons
Since Botox relaxes the muscle, a “frozen” appearance can be a risk if performed and injected too early, and there are very few fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
Recovery after a preventative Botox injection is fairly quick.
After a botox injection, any swelling or bumps will normally reside within about 30 minutes after injection.
The muscle relaxing effects of Botox will begin to be seen about 4 to 7 days after injection.
Some bruising or swelling may form around the injection site. This should disappear with proper aftercare.
Dry eyes, headache, and sinus inflammation are other possible side effects after injection.
In rare cases, some other side effects may need emergency attention.
If you have any rashes or hives around the area of treatment, blurred vision and/or double vision, difficulty breathing, or loss of bladder control, contact your doctor right away. Also, you can research whether or not Botox onabotulinumtoxinA is a good fit by going onto the website.
The price of Botox depends on the amount needed. Dr. Hardaway will determine whether or not you are a good candidate for Botox as well as the amount needed to give you the best results. Call to schedule your complimentary consultation.