Botulinum toxin injections (Botox) are popular cosmetic injections that can give you a fresher and more well-rested appearance. These injections are often combined with dermal fillers, but they can also be given alone depending on the areas of your face you want to work on. Here are some frequently asked questions about botulinum toxin injections for your face.
Do The Injections Hurt?
Having injections in your face seems like it would be painful, but the needles are tiny, so there isn't too much discomfort. You may feel pinching when the needle goes in, but your dermatologist can numb the area first with ice or a numbing cream, especially if you have a low pain tolerance. You'll probably need multiple injections depending on how many areas of your face you want to have treated, so your dermatologist will make sure your experience isn't too uncomfortable.
Do The Injections Work For All Wrinkles?
Botulinum toxin injections are for wrinkles that appear when you make facial expressions and go away when your face is relaxed. These wrinkles are around your eyes and forehead. Wrinkles that are always visible even when your face is relaxed aren't helped by botulinum toxin. Dermal fillers are used for those wrinkles and folds.
How Long Do The Effects Last?
You should see results from your injections within a couple of days. Results are in the form of relaxed muscles that don't create wrinkles when you laugh, smile, or frown. The effects could last several months. Your dermatologist lets you know what to expect with the results you achieve and how often to plan on having the injections repeated to maintain your look.
Is There Any Downtime?
You can usually go back to work after having botulinum toxin injections if you don't have a strenuous job. There is no recovery period, but you do need to avoid strenuous exercise after the injections. You may also need to avoid cosmetics for the rest of the day. In addition, your dermatologist might advise against lying down or bending over for several hours. Your dermatologist will provide you with aftercare instructions so you can avoid unnecessary swelling and bruising.
Can The Injections Be Used On Lips?
A lip flip is done with botulinum toxin injections. A lip flip gives your lips a fuller appearance. Instead of adding more volume, the injections cause the border of your lips to flip up a little and give the appearance of fuller lips. The injections can also smooth wrinkles around your lips and further enhance the youthful look you want to achieve.
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