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Botox Injections 101: Everything You Need To Know

What do you know about Botox® Injections? You may have heard that it’s an incredible and fast-acting treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. But despite being one of the most popular cosmetic treatments out there, a lot of misinformation persists! Here’s everything you need to know about Botox before making your first appointment with Hope Cosmetics. 


What Is Botox?


Botox isn’t like fillers and other beauty injections – they don’t restore volume. The beautifying effects come from a neurotoxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. A product of this natural-forming bacterium is the Botulinum toxin (as in Botox), and when used in small doses and expertly placed under the skin, it can make wrinkles and fine lines disappear. 

Botox suppresses contractions that cause wrinkles, lines, creases, and crow’s feet by depleting the responsible neurotransmitters to inhibit the muscle from moving. By temporarily blocking the local nerve impulses to specific muscles in your face, Botox stops your facial expressions from having complete control, both consciously and subconsciously – meaning it can prevent the wrinkles that come from these expressions.


What Can Botox Injections Treat?


BotoxAs mentioned, Botox is the best approach to prevent and eliminate the look of wrinkles and fine lines. The most popular injection sites are the forehead, around the eyes (for crow’s feet), and between the eyebrows. Properly placed, Botox can also soften necklines and chin lines, flip the lip up or decrease lines around the mouth, jaw, and lift the corners of the mouth.

Once the Botox starts working, the skin will look fresher and more rested, the lines will soften, and pore size will also decrease. Many clients find that this makes makeup sit much better on the skin!

Outside of cosmetology, Botox has been used to treat a wide variety of conditions: it can block the neurotransmitter stimulating sweat glands to curb excessive sweating, stop various involuntary spasms and muscle contractions (also known as dystonia), treat migraines, and even help people deal with overactive bladders.


How Long Is A Botox Appointment?


The average procedure takes about 15-30 minutes. You won’t have to clear your entire schedule to get it done!


What Are The Side Effects Of Botox?


After your short appointment, there may be some minor inflammation, slight bruising, and redness at the treatment area. These side effects are natural parts of injections and won’t last long.


How Long Before Botox Kicks In?


Botox injections take roughly 24 to 48 hours before they begin to work and results begin to appear within three to seven days. However, the full effects of Botox often won’t show until 10 to 14 days later.


How Long Can I Expect My Botox To Last?


Botox injectionsIf the Botox professional uses the right amount of neurotoxin, the injections should last between three and four months – low doses will wear off sooner. However, the results depend on each body’s ability to metabolize the neurotoxin, and the length of the results can vary with each individual client.


What If The Botox Injections Are In The Wrong Spot?


Once the injection is complete, there’s no turning back – the Botox is in place for the next three to four months. It’s why anyone looking for injections must see an expert. If the person administering the injection uses too much or puts the toxin even a millimetre in the wrong direction, it can change your expressions!

Nurse Hope Jacobs (the Hope in Hope Cosmetics) is that expert. She has completed professional training in Botulinum Toxin Type A Cosmetic Hylauronic Acid Fillers, making her fully certified to perform Botox procedures! She starts every appointment with a complete assessment of your skin to evaluate how she can use Botox in a way that’s right for your specific needs!


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