7 Things You Should Know Before You Get Botox

7 Things You Should Know Before You Get Botox

Sometimes a stubborn little fine line appears, and all of the E cream, serums and exfoliants in the world don't seem to be doing a thing about it. Your mind may wander to the possibility of Botox, but then, in the corner of that foggy thought, the facial conglomerate of every plastic surgery nightmare story you've ever seen creeps up. She's shiny in the scary way, she can't smile, her one eye is a little droopy, and you'd rather shrivel up like a raisin than die looking like Ronald McDonald. Very valid to fear becoming a subject on Botched, sure, but we doubt she knew about #7 on this list. Although Botox definitely isn't for everyone, it's certainly gotten itself quite a bad reputation that, when administered by experienced hands and in moderation, it doesn't totally deserve. We want to arm you with all the facts about this controversial beauty trick, so here are the 7 big things you should know before you consider Botox!

1. First off- what is it?

Essentially, Botox is a highly controlled dose of Botulinum Toxin. Sound scary? That's because you've probably heard of Botulism, the deadly disease caused by high levels of the toxin. Luckily though, this bacteria, when used in teeny tiny doses by a professional, really does the trick when it comes to making your face muscles do the Mannequin Challenge. When injected into the skin, Botox works by preventing certain signals from nerve cells to reach muscles, leaving them without instruction to move and essentially freezing them in place.

2. It's not the same thing as filler.

A common misconception is that Botox and fillers are one and the same, but they're actually on the opposite end of the spectrum. While Botox works beneath the skin layer to paralyze muscle movement, filler does just what it sounds like it does: fills in wrinkles, fine lines, thin lips, and any other unwanted uneven surfaces on the skin. Also, while filler lasts about nine months...

3. It lasts about three months.

...Botox will last you between three and four months, since that's how long it takes the body to create new receptors in the muscle.

4. It can be used as a deodorant...

Ok, just kidding (kind of.) But, when injected into the armpit, Botox works as one of the most effective ways to combat overactive sweat glands, making sweat and odor a thing of the past (well, for 3 months at least!)

5. ...but is most commonly used on the face.

We're sure you already knew that, but one of the most surprising areas to inject Botox (besides the armpit) is into the jawline, which helps to combat bone loss and the down-turning of the lip. "You can inject it strategically to elevate the lip—sort of like a Mona Lisa effect rather than a frowning look," plastic surgeon Dr. Stafford Broumand told InStyle.

6. You should wait until your 30's to start.

Although some patients start getting Botox as early as their early 20's, most doctors don't recommend beginning preventative/maintenance treatments until you're in your 30's. This will help to avoid that overdone, plastic look.

7. Make sure to go to a board-certified plastic surgeon.

This is a biggie. While it's true that licensed physicians and many nurses can technically inject your Botox, you want to make sure that you're getting someone who truly understands the mechanics of your facial muscles and who's done Botox injections a million times already. Your family physician might be cheaper and in your network, but that's definitely not worth the potential of a botched Botox experience. You can find a certified plastic surgeon in your area here!

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