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Things to Know Before Getting Your Face Jabbed With the Beauty Shots

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 20, 2014
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  • Botox’s only benefit is to render a muscle weaker for 3-4 months.
  • Beware of cheap Botox deals that may have been acquired on the black market.
  • You could get an allergic reaction to preservatives and ingredients used.
  • Results begin to show gradually over the course of two weeks.

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Is all that needle talk and then crazy promises of looking hugely sexy and tight and hopefully better-looking afterwards true? You don’t want to look back on your experience and say “I wish I had known.” It is always better to have complete information before undergoing a Botox treatment. After all, your looks are at stake.

Since 2002 when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Botox for cosmetic use, a large number of people are opting for it to regain a more youthful appearance.

Despite its popularity, Botox continues to inspire both fear and confusion. The very mention of Botox can still raise a few alarmed eyebrows. Isn’t it better to know what the magic box holds? While effective, there are several things patients should take into consideration before, during and after a Botox procedure. Let’s get going about what’s what.

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Botox Does Prevent Wrinkles

Botox are highly purified toxins that can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines, and crow's-feet. The muscles that contract hundreds of time a day are slowed by the injections eventually etching lines in the skin. Botox can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the "pin cushion" look in some chins, soften smoker's lines around the mouth, and soften vertical neck cords.

You Might Not Get What You Want

Botox is not some age-fighting beauty injections. It doesn’t fill lines but just render a muscle weaker for 3-4 months. People shouldn’t confuse it as something which will prevent or permanently cure wrinkles. So, if you want to erase smile lines around your mouth, Botox can’t help you. You will need filler for it.

Beware of the Black Market

The various coupon services running deals for cheap series of Botox are too good to be true. You must know what you are dealing with before you buy into anything. If the deal is too cheap, it may be acquired from the black market or may have expired. Make sure you know what is going in your face- beware of the “better deal.”

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You Could Suffer an Allergy

Botox is derived from the same bacteria as the toxin botulism. While there is no chance of catching botulism from Botox, you could have allergic reactions to the preservatives and ingredients used. These side-effects can be- itching, rash, welts, asthma symptoms, and a feeling of fainting. Call your doctor immediately if you have any such reaction.

Botox Hurts- a Little

Don’t bug-eye, there s no awful truth. Botox are slightly painful like all other injections, especially between the eyebrows. Your doctor may give you topical anaesthesia or ice the area to numb it, ten minutes before the procedure. However, everyone’s pain threshold is different. But, for most people it is less painful than getting blood drawn.

Botox Costs a Bomb

Though various clinics offer varied price for the treatment but the approximate cost of a Botox sitting is 25,000 rupees. Please read that again if it didn’t sink in, it is 25,000 per sitting. And, experienced doctors tend to charge even more. If you have made up your mind on having Botox, don’t compromise on the cost- go for an experienced professional.

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Botox may Give You a Frozen Look

Yes, you may look like Spock from Star Trek- but only if it is injected too much- another reason to get it done by an experienced doctor ONLY. Every drug can be prescribed incorrectly, and Botox is no exception. If the wrong person injects it, or they misjudge the size of your muscles and how much you need - the results can be off-putting. A Botox gone wrong can also give you a tired look and droopy brows.

Your Friends May or May not Notice

A good result will leave you looking fresher, more cheerful, and perhaps younger. Telltale signs of Botox that has been badly done are a smooth and shiny forehead, or a forehead and crow's-feet that don't move when you laugh or cry.

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The results of a Botox don’t show until a course of two weeks. Don’t expect anything the day after your treatment. If you are preparing to go under the needles for a big event, plan to get your shots two weeks ahead of time.

 

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