Over 40 years ago, Botox was first used as a medical treatment for double vision. In 2018, it was estimated that over 7 million people have had the injections. There are other effective ways to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, such as hydrating and facial exercises. However, many women may find that they are looking for something more effective. Here are some things that you may not have known about Botox before you book your appointment.
Botox Can Be A Medical Treatment
Botox is injected using ultra-fine needles. The injection causes the nerves in facial muscles to contract. Wrinkles and fine lines then relax, giving a smoother appearance. In aesthetics, Botox is primarily sought after by people who want to reduce the appearance of fine lines. However, Botox also has a variety of medical uses. As mentioned, it was previously used to treat a patient with double vision, but it has since been used in the treatment of migraines. The injections are also used to treat excessive sweating and an overactive bladder. A study published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research even suggested that it could help treat depression by reducing facial expressions such as frowning.
Botox Is Preventative
Many women wonder why younger models and celebrities choose to go for Botox. The treatment freezes facial muscles to stop wrinkles deepening when you move them. Therefore, it is preventative rather than restorative. That is why many people choose to get the treatment when the wrinkles or fine lines start to appear rather than when it is too late to prevent them. Look out for the areas on your skin that are most expressive as you age, and you will see where your muscles contract. You can then plan Botox for the near future if you have a very expressive face.
Expect Some Aftercare
Although Botox is a non-invasive treatment, it is still a treatment, and requires some level of aftercare. This will depend on the site of your injections. Forehead injections may mean that you cannot lie down for several hours after treatment; nor can you dip your head. It is common to be asked to avoid exercise after injections to avoid prolonging and spreading bruising. There may even be a little pain afterwards, so grab some standard, over-the-counter painkillers just in case.
You may now have a better understanding of why Botox is such a popular aesthetic treatment and why younger models and celebrities choose to try it. It is also not nearly as expensive as other, more invasive treatments like plastic surgery; therefore many non-celebrities are able to invest in it.