Does your morning routine now consist of counting the suddenly more prominent number of wrinkles on your face? If your frown lines are becoming more permanent and you’re starting to notice more drooping skin, then you’ve probably also heard of Preventative Botox as a popular remedy being used by your peers. While it is a safe and popular treatment, you should do significant research about the medical procedure before you decide to get it for yourself.

Here’s everything you need to know about preventative Botox.

What is Botox made of?

Botox is actually the brand name, the protein which is used to treat lines and wrinkles is widely known as Botulinum Toxin (BTX). It is a drug made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

How does botox work?

As soon as the botulinum toxin is injected it blocks the nerve signals that make the muscles contract. This relaxes the muscles that may be causing wrinkles.

It works by temporarily preventing the muscles from contracting which limits the formation of wrinkles on the injected area. This inadvertently makes it a popular anti-aging treatment.

It has a lasting effect for about 3-6 months after which the muscles are able to move again which causes wrinkles to return.

After rubbing anesthetic cream on the target site, the doctor will inject the medicine into the facial muscles. It takes a few minutes to administer after which you can continue with the rest of your day as planned.

There’s a difference between botox and fillers as botox is a nerve blocker. Whereas fillers are a gel or collagen injected to plump up the area.

Are there any other benefits to Botox?

Botox can also be used to treat several medical conditions such as migraines and excesive sweating in underarms, hands and feet. Other conditions that are treated by botox include lazy eyes, bladder dysfunction, eye twitching, cervical dystonia, muscle contractures as well as hyperhidrosis.

How long does it take to start working?

It takes a while for botox results to appear. It can take up to two weeks after receiving treatment for the effects to kick in completely. It is very likely that you may notice a difference in two or three days but significant results can be noticed in 15 days.

Who should get Botox treatment?

Contrary to popular belief there is no ideal age for preventative Botox. Most people in their mid-twenties are eligible for Botox treatments, depending on the type of their skin, their facial muscles and the problems they may be looking to have addressed.

It also depends on what habits you have which determine the early formation of wrinkles in the first place. For example, excessive smoking and prolonged exposure to the sun can cause more wrinkles to form.

Some common after care tips

You may be advised to avoid high intensity workouts for a few days as well as lying down on the treated area. You should also avoid touching the area unnecessarily or any facial treatments for up to two weeks.

If you are interested in preventative botox treatments to avoid wrinkles, we at Simply Clinics can help.  You can book an appointement with us for your cosmetic and medical Botox treatment at your earliest convenience.