Here’s my take:
Botox is an injection to treat wrinkles that has been approved in the U.S. since 2002 but studied since the 1960s. The most common areas to use Botox are the vertical wrinkles in between the eyes, the horizontal lines across the forehead and the crow’s feet around the outside of the eyes.
Why Get Botox?
Patients often come into the clinic wanting to “look younger,” “look less tired,” “look less stressed,” or simply “look better.” We see many mother-of-the-brides or grooms, someone with a special occasion coming up such as a reunion, many “birthday presents to myself,” or people just wanting to try something new.
Common Concerns with Botox
Most know a little about Botox, but their biggest concern is that their face will look frozen afterward. The “frozen look” is a valid concern. In the past few years however, the dosing and injection techniques of Botox have dramatically changed. Our goal after Botox injections is to decrease wrinkles while maintaining the ability to have facial expressions. Patients no longer look “frozen” but instead look younger, more rested, and more relaxed.
What to Know About Getting Botox
The injections themselves are very well-tolerated. A few superficial injections of the liquid are placed into the area to be corrected. No anesthesia is required. Patients can start to see the effects within 2-3 days with maximal effect at two weeks. The injections slowly wear off and re-injection is typically required every 3-4 months. With repeated injections, this interval can often be extended. The right age to start Botox varies from patient to patient – we see patients in their late 20s and all the way up the spectrum.
When discussing side effects of Botox, I often warn patients that the most common side effect is addiction! While no procedure is without risk, downtime is virtually zero and compared to more invasive cosmetic procedures, the risks with Botox are minimal. The cost varies depending on which sites are treated, but in general, Botox is one of the more affordable cosmetic procedures available.
Why is Botox so popular then? Botox addresses a very common problem, gives results that are dramatic and natural, necessitates little to no downtime, and incurs relatively low risk and cost.