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Now more than ever, people of all ages are enjoying the benefits of Botox as a facial beautifier. Botox injections require only a few minutes to perform, with full effects visible within 7 to 14 days after a procedure. Effects usually last up to six months. Recent technological breakthroughs have made Botox more affordable than ever!  This article will provide you with the latest science and educate you on the top seven things you need to know before getting Botox.
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1. Botox doesn’t actually erase wrinkles

For most patients, Botox is more preventative than restorative. Its active ingredient “freezes” facial muscles to keep you from contracting them in ways that deepen lines and wrinkles. Therefore, the earlier you get Botox, the more preventative its effects — hence the trend of getting Botox as early as your 20s.

2. It’s temporary

“The average duration for Botox for glabella [the lines between the brows], forehead, and lateral crows’ feet is approximately three to four months,” says Dr. Williams. And there are certain factors that may make Botox fade faster."  “Patients who exercise a lot or who are very expressive may feel that the Botox lasts closer to three months,” she says.

3. It does hurt

Multiple injections is significantly more intense than the “mosquito bite” pinprick I expected. Despite the ice pack applied to head, you will feel pain for at least half an hour after injections.

4. There are certain things you can’t do afterwards

Doctors instruct that, for the next six hours, to not exercise, lie down, or take Ibuprofen (or any other blood-thinning medications), which could increase bruising at the injection sites.

5. It’s not just for celebrities

Though Botox injections are certainly costly, they’re nowhere near the pricing realm of plastic surgery or even injectable fillers like Juvederm or Restylane. At around $10 to $15 per unit, you can expect to pay between $200 and $300 for the 8 to 20 units of an average forehead treatment. I paid $260 for the injections to my forehead and between my brows. Expensive, yes, but not Oscars-red-carpet expensive.

6. Getting Botox is not a moral failing

The desire to look attractive (or at least not look angry) is natural and good. If one could prevent themselves from frowning on their own power, why not! It doesn’t bother to use a little medical help to get there.

7. Feeling ‘frozen’ can actually feel good

If there’s one thing everyone seems to fear about Botox, it’s looking like an expressionless robot. Isn’t it freaky not to be able to move certain parts of your face? The faces we make carry emotional weight. You’ve probably heard that simply smiling more can make you feel happier — and it turns out that not frowning can have the same effect.
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What are the mechanics behind why Botox works?

Botox Cosmetic blocks nerve impulses and muscle spasms momentarily. This reduces the visibility of wrinkles around the eyes and between the brows. It can also inhibit the creation of new wrinkles by reducing facial muscle activity.
It is a non-invasive process. It does not require any incisions or general anesthesia. If you are concerned about pain or discomfort, you can numb the treatment area with a topical anesthetic or ice.

During the treatment, your provider will provide 3-5 injections of botulinum toxin type A using a tiny needle. They will inject the area between the brows that has been selected. To smooth away crow's feet, three injections on each side of the eye are usually required.

The entire procedure takes about ten minutes.

What is the cost of Botox?

In 2016, the average cost of a botulinum toxin treatment, such as Botox, was $376. The cost of treatment may vary based on the number of injections, the size of the treated region, and the geographic location in which you receive it.
Botox is a non-surgical technique. When used for cosmetic purposes, health insurance typically does cover the expense.


Botox Cosmetic has been approved by the FDA to help reduce fine wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead.   It's a relatively safe and non-invasive procedure.

When selecting a provider, make sure they are licensed provider of Botox injections.   Inform your provider of any allergies or medical issues you may have, and notify them right away if you have any side effects as a result of your therapy. The results should last for months.  Multiple therapy sessions are an option if deep care is required to keep your wrinkles at bay.
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