Cosmetic treatments like Botox, laser skin therapies and fillers like Juvederm have increased in popularity over the last several years, thanks to their ability to give you a well-rested, youthful look without going under the knife in an actual surgical procedure. Despite its current commonplace in society, many people still don’t know the basics about Botox, like how it works and how long it can last. If you are thinking about trying an Anthem Botox treatment for the first time, here are a few basics to help you figure out if it’s right for you.
Botox, or Botullnim toxin, is an extremely purified toxin that acts as a paralyzing agent. It is injected into muscles to relax them. The usual facial muscles that Botox targets contract multiple times a day, which leads to lines in the skin around the muscle. Botox works to relax the muscles, thereby temporarily reducing and possibly erasing frown lines and crow’s feet, lifting the corners of the mouth, and softening lines around the mouth and on the chin and neck. Not only does Botox retroactively work to get rid of existing wrinkles, but relaxing the muscles also helps prevent future wrinkles.
It’s important to note that Botox only treats dynamic wrinkles; wrinkles that result from movement. Static wrinkles like those caused by sun exposure and natural aging are not related to movement and thus will not be affected by Botox treatments. Fillers like Juvederm are best to treat these wrinkles.
What to Expect with Anthem Botox
Since your Anthem Botox treatment is centered on receiving injections, expect a bit of pain. If the pain is worrisome, a topical numbing cream may be used about 10 minutes before treatment, much like what you may use before a waxing treatment. After receiving Botox you’ll want to hold off on working out or any strenuous activity for at least 24 hours.
It’s a common misconception that Botox can leave you looking frozen or expressionless. If the right amount of Botox for the muscle is injected by a professional, this shouldn’t happen.
Results from Anthem Botox gradually appear within days and over the two weeks following treatment. Results can last up to four months (sometimes even a year, depending on the movement in the area being treated). If you are planning to get Botox in preparation for a specific event, test it out a year to eight months in advance if you can, then get treatments no less than two weeks before the event to give the results time to set in.
Botox Side Effects and Safety
There are side effects of any treatment, especially medication. If aspirin or NSAIDs are part of your regular medication, you may see pinpoint, bluish bruising at the site of a Botox injection. Additional side effects like droopiness and heavier bruising are minimal and only affect about 1% of cases, disappearing within two weeks.
Botox is safe to use as soon as you see and are bothered by wrinkles and it is safe for long term use. In fact, studies are being conducted to determine why some people who received consistent Botox treatments start to see permanent results, including more elasticity in the skin.
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