It’s no secret. We LOVE Botox, and as leaders in this service, we get a LOT of questions.
The most common questions we hear are:
- Why should I get Botox? Aren’t I too young?
- Do I have to get it frequently? If so, how often?
- What happens if I stop? Will I get more wrinkles?
To help clear things up, we asked our nurse injector, Adriana Sanchez, to answer these questions. Of course, you will need to consult a professional for the number of Botox units you will need, price and pre- and post-treatment instructions.
At what age should I get Botox?
Most people start thinking about getting Botox in their late 30s or early 40s. While Botox can be administered at any age, it is most effective when clients start in their 20s or early 30s. There are several reasons for this, but the main reason is expressiveness. Botox targets the facial muscles to relax. If done properly, you will still have your facial expressions. When you start noticing that wrinkles remain on your face when it’s “at rest” (no expression), it’s a good time to start Botox. When this happens will vary from person to person. Just keep in mind that the longer you wait to start getting treatments, the longer it will take for the wrinkles to fade. It will also take more units to get your desired results.
How often do I need to get Botox and why?
Ideally, you should get Botox treatment every 3 to 4 months. Most people get it every 3 months. Some can get away with treatments every 3 ½ or 4 months, but those people tend to be in their 20s. After 3 months, your body has metabolized the Botox that was injected to relax the facial muscles.
You might hear of people waiting 5 months or longer between treatments. This typically means they are waiting for the wrinkles to return before getting another treatment. This not the best method of treating wrinkles. Facial muscles can gain strength so it will take more Botox to treat the wrinkles, which will end up costing you more as well.
When a person is consistent about getting Botox every 3 months, they prevent the facial muscles from regaining strength and prominent appearance. Again, as mentioned before, if administered correctly, you will still have facial expression and movement. You just won’t have the lines and wrinkles when your face is at rest. Plus, the number of units required at each treatment will remain the same with regular treatments. Research shows that people who are consistent with their treatments will often use fewer units per session than when they started.
What happens if I stop getting Botox?
If you stop Botox treatments, the treated wrinkles will return. If you hear your wrinkles will get worse, don’t believe it. That’s just a myth. It might appear to be the case because your face has looked so good while getting Botox, you forget what you looked like before. This is why we take before pictures.
Botox is a lot like diet and exercise. You eat right and work out to lose weight. If you stop, you will most likely regain the weight. Botox gets rid of the wrinkles. Stop and they will come back. Consistency is the key to your success.
If you decide to get Botox, shop around to find a practitioner you feel comfortable with. Get referrals from trusted friends. Make sure you talk to the injectors and the rest of the staff. Ask them if they get Botox and how long they have been getting treatments. Most importantly, don’t shop around on price. You are worth so much more than a Groupon.
If you have any questions regarding Botox, please do not hesitate to ask. We are here to help you.