Botox is among today’s most popular injectable treatments for skin conditions and for very good reason. It’s very effective at removing the look of fine lines and wrinkles in the face, particularly in key facial areas, such as the eyes and around the forehead. Unfortunately, some people suffer allergic reactions to botox. If you are one of these people, you may have mild or even serious reactions when injected with Botox.
One of the common injectable treatments for fine lines and wrinkles involves botox. Dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm use Botox to temporarily paralyze facial muscles to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. While these treatments may be very effective, many people also report unpleasant downtime, swelling, bruising and even pain. In addition, injections can cause some unwelcome skin discolorations, particularly where darker skinned patients have had their fillers injected. Some patients even have streaks of dark hair for several weeks after receiving Botox treatments.
Botox works by blocking the action of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine at the point where it contacts muscles. This effectively reduces the action of the neurotransmitter, which slows down or even stops muscle activity. Because injectables can only be used for up to six months before the medication needs to be repeated, this gives patients an extended period of downtime when it comes to treating their aging facial wrinkles.
The injectable treatments for reducing the appearance of wrinkles that have caused you years of anguish can help you look younger, but they don’t do anything to address the underlying problem that is keeping you from looking your best. If your goal is to have your face younger than you ever dreamed possible, you need to address the underlying causes of your aging skin and stop using injectables. But before you do, there are a couple of other things that you should know.
First, not all cosmetic injectable treatments are effective. In fact, if you go to an injectable clinic and request a collagen injection, you may be told that the collagen that your doctor has chosen will not be effective in your case. It may break down, or it might not work at all, so there’s really no way to know for sure right now. Cosmetic injections, as you probably know, must be custom-made, made according to each patient’s own specific needs. That means that there is no such thing as a one size fits all product, so be wary of any clinic that tells you that collagen and facial fat injections are effective on everyone.
Second, in many cases, injectable treatments actually prolong your recovery time. Since the fat and collagen have to be made inside your body (in a small office space with a crew that knows what they’re doing), the longer you recover, the more time you will have to refresh yourself mentally and physically. This can take several weeks or even months, depending on your overall health, your age, the amount of collagen or fat being injected, etc. So, although it is indeed true that surgery delays the effects of aging, it is also true that downtime for cosmetic injections actually costs you more than going to the plastic surgeon and having the same procedure done.
Third, although injectable treatments theoretically increase your volume and your youthful appearance, in practice this does not happen very much. Your body cannot increase the volume of your tissue by adding foreign objects to it, so it does not matter how much filler is used if you don’t have a way to get more fat and tissues into your body. If you look good because of getting more volume, you still look good because you’re still the same person. The increase in volume of your tissue simply means that your skin has more water in it and that it is firmer. The wrinkles fade away. And the less wrinkled your skin stays, the more youthful it looks.
Finally, injectable treatments are not very effective for anti-aging purposes. Yes, they can give you smoother skin, but they cannot make your skin younger. In fact, when it comes to anti-aging cosmetic injectables, the only thing that they can do is make you look younger by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles. That’s all they can do. So, when it comes to looking younger, cosmetic injectables are just a waste of money.