The complete beginner’s guide to Botox®

Chances are, you’ve started seeing a little wrinkle peek its way out when looking in the mirror. From light creases, 11 lines, and perma-frowns, skin range issues and increase as we age.

The good news is Botox is here to save the day.

In this guide, we discuss Botox and common questions in an easy-to-understand way for beginners. What it does, who it works best for, and some specs on the science and what it costs.

What does Botox® do?

Botox is a designer brand-term for botulinum toxin, a natural toxin found in the earth, in plants, and in animals.

Botox affects the nervous system of the patient. When used in SUPER small doses like what we use for patients, it causes a paralysis effect that relaxes the face’s muscles, reducing the skin’s crinkling and wrinkling. Botox will drastically lessen the creases and lines you see when making expressions like laughing and crying. In many cases, Botox can even prevent further creasing.

Medical uses for Botox®

Botox is commonly known for its cosmetic uses, but the same functions it utilizes can be used for many medical conditions. Some medical applications for Botox include:

  • Cervical dystonia: This condition causes contraction of neck muscles outside of your control. The head can twist into unnatural and uncomfortable positions.
  • Lazy eye: The eye muscles can lose their effectiveness, causing the vision not to center correctly.
  • Muscle contractures: Neurological conditions that cause involuntary muscle contractions can be treated with Botox. A disorder like cerebral palsy can cause your limbs to tighten inward, close to the body. Botox can relax these muscle contractions in many cases.
  • Hyperhidrosis: Hyperhidrosis is another way of saying “excessive sweating.” With this condition, patients sweat regardless of temperature or physical activity.
  • Chronic migraine: Botox is known to treat those suffering from migraines. If you suffer from frequent, chronic migraines, Botox might be a solution for you.
  • Bladder dysfunction: Urinary incontinence, or overactive and uncontrollable urination, can be lessened with Botox.
  • Eye twitching: Eye twitching is caused by the muscles’ involuntary activity around the eye and temple. Botox can relax these muscles, reducing twitching.

Is Botox® safe?

Botox is safe when performed by a registered, licensed doctor, nurse, or medical practitioner. As with any cosmetic procedure, there are possible side effects that you will discuss in full at your consultation with a Five Clinics provider.

Botox targets muscle contractions that come from frowning, squinting, smiling, and raising eyebrows over the course of 30+ years of life. Botox gets injected into the muscles, causing the activity in them to be temporarily reduced for a number of months. After about three days, you will begin to fully see the smoothing of frown lines, eleven lines, crow’s feet, and more.

Is Botox® right for me?

That’s impossible to answer with a blog. For the best recommendations, give us a call to set up an appointment at Five Clinics in Columbus or Hilliard. We are happy to determine the best course of action for what you’re looking to achieve.

What’s the best age for getting Botox®?

The Botox clock is different for every patient, but generally, when you start to be bothered by the lines in your face, it’s a good time for learning about Botox.  When people hit 30, skin cell generation and collagen begin to slow down. It’s this time when most people see “signs of aging.”  Some people get Botox before they’re 30, but we generally recommend those under 30 put their energy toward saving money, eating healthy, and living a naturally healthy lifestyle. It will be a better investment in your skin in the long run at a young age.

What to Expect from a Botox® Plan with Five Clinics?

Botox is meant only to be performed under the care of a licensed MD. In your first and subsequent consultations, you will talk with Five Clinics’ highly skilled staff of providers who specialize in all types of aesthetic treatments, including Botox and other dermal fillers. Ensure you communicate on any medications you are taking, including sleeping, blood thinning, and muscle relaxation medications.

Preparing for your first Botox®

Some patients choose to have the skin numbed for the treatment, but others handle the pain, which can be likened to a rubber band snap pain-level. Anesthetics used include topical ointments and ice numbing.

During the treatment, Your injections are performed in the Five Clinics offices as an out-patient procedure. A low-gauge (thin) needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Botox into the desired areas. The number of injections relies on many factors, like the number of areas being treated and the extent of the issues being resolved.

During the treatment

Your injections are performed in the Five Clinics offices as an outpatient procedure. A low-gauge (thin) needle is used to inject tiny amounts of Botox into the desired areas. The number of injections relies on many factors, like the number of areas being treated and the extent of the issues being resolved.

How long does it take?

The average Botox treatment takes about 10-15 minutes.

After treatment

You can get right back to action following your Botox injections but should be conscious of it and avoid rubbing or massaging the area for a total of twenty-four hours.

Does it hurt? Is there recovery time?

Botox is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure that doesn’t involve any incisions. A simple topical anesthetic or ice is sometimes used to treat the area, but this isn’t needed in most cases.

When will I see results?

Botox injections start to work right away but don’t show their full effect until three to four days after treatment. Depending on the amount and extent of issues, the results of Botox can last for three months or longer in many cases. It is a temporary procedure and will need to be refreshed once you can no longer see the changes.

Where can I find Botox near me?

Botox is available daily at Five Clinics in Columbus and Hilliard Ohio! Our expert injectors are trained in all manner of injectable treatments like Botox and many dermal fillers for various purposes.

Get in touch with Five Clinics today to set up your first appointment and claim our offers!

Show off your confidence, not your wrinkles! Botox helps to hide fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and eleven lines.

Five Clinics is a highly experienced provider of Botox in the United States. At Five Clinics, our highly trained providers will help you target wrinkles. When you sign up for a free consultation, we will work with you to find the treatment and payment plan that works best for you.