What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic? Everything You Need to Know - Nob Hill Aesthetics

What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic? Everything You Need to Know

With the increasing popularity of BOTOX® Cosmetic, more and more people are trying to find out about this miracle anti-wrinkle treatment. Celebrities all over the media are swearing by it, as BOTOX® Cosmetic allows them to look younger while keeping their natural beauty. That being said, we cannot help but wonder: can it help us just as well as it has helped millions of other people? What are the recommended treatment areas? In this article, you will learn everything there is to know about BOTOX® Cosmetic so that you are ready for your next treatment.

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What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a muscle relaxer that is injected right into your facial muscles to reduce your wrinkles. The injectable contains botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxin that can temporarily paralyze the muscles so that they no longer contract. It’s a minimally invasive treatment that is mostly used to address dynamic wrinkles (i.e., the wrinkles that form after repeated facial expressions).

BOTOX® Cosmetic works both to reduce existing wrinkles and to prevent new ones from forming. By blocking the nerve signals that inform your muscles to contract, your muscles will no longer contract unnecessarily, keeping your skin straight and taut as well. If you are at the age where you are prone to developing facial wrinkles, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections can delay that effect and keep you looking youthful longer.

Areas for BOTOX® Cosmetic Treatments

BOTOX® Cosmetic can be used on different areas of your face, particularly where you are prone to developing dynamic wrinkles. This may include your glabellar region (i.e., the area between your eyebrows), your crow’s feet, your smile lines, and your forehead. If you have a very expressive face, you may inject the BOTOX® Cosmetic in the areas where you are likely to get the most movement. 

BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be injected where you are experiencing drooping muscles or excess tension. This may include your eyebrow areas if you have a lazy brow or around the lips. If your gums keep showing each time you smile, BOTOX® Cosmetic can also be used for a procedure referred to as a lip flip, which relaxes the upper lip so that your gums aren’t as visible. Here are some guidelines on areas commonly treated with BOTOX® Injections and the respective units you should expect to need (units may differ depending on your needs and goals):

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BOTOX® Cosmetic Recovery and Results

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a minimally invasive procedure. Seeing some redness or swelling at the injection site for the first couple of days is not at all concerning, as it’s your body’s natural reaction to the foreign substance and the needle prick. Once the BOTOX® Cosmetic settles, you should notice a reduction in the swelling, and this typically happens after about five days. 

Each person has different levels of skin elasticity, so the full effects may differ from one person to another. If you are in your early 30s and still have relatively good skin elasticity, you may notice the best effects within five to seven days after the procedure. That being said, if you have poor skin elasticity and deeper wrinkles, it may take around seven to 10 days for you to notice full results. 

The BOTOX® Cosmetic effect can last for three to five months, depending on how long you’ve been using the product. If it’s your first time using the injections, then it means your body is not accustomed to it, causing your immune system to flush it out faster. On the other hand, if you’ve used BOTOX® Cosmetic before, then your body may retain it more, making the effect last for about four to five months.

Say Goodbye to Wrinkles With BOTOX® Cosmetic!

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a great procedure for those who want to look more youthful while maintaining their natural profile. The earlier you go in for the treatment, the better you will be able to delay signs of aging. In addition to BOTOX® Cosmetic’s wrinkle-relaxing benefits, BOTOX® can also treat pain from TMJ, alleviate chronic migraines, relieve excessive sweating, and address many other issues. 

What to Look for When Choosing Your BOTOX® Cosmetic Provider?

With all of the options out there for BOTOX® injections, how do I know where to go? When looking for a place to get your BOTOX® injections there are four key factors to ensure that you are safe and happy with your results! First, a great BOTOX® provider must have qualifications and certifications. They should be a licensed physician, nurse, or dermatologist with extensive training in cosmetic procedures. Oftentimes, a dermatologist or med spa may offer BOTOX®, but they may not specialize in those procedures. There is a vast difference between a highly skilled BOTOX® injector vs. a qualified BOTOX® provider who has less experience and training which leads us to the second criteria: experience and expertise. Look for a provider who has extensive experience in providing BOTOX® injections as it truly makes a difference in your results! These highly skilled providers know the best techniques and practices when injecting BOTOX®. Thus, oftentimes a med spa is the the most preferred location for people looking to get their BOTOX® injections as med spas often specialize in these neurotoxin injections. Third, a great BOTOX® provider will have many great reviews. Look through Google, Yelp, and other review sites to check their testimonials from previous clients. Fourth, it is important to look at the cost of their BOTOX®. When choosing a great BOTOX® provider, never choose a provider because they offer the lowest prices! A great BOTOX® provider will charge a premium for their services as many of their clients don’t mind paying a premium for the quality of their injections! The result of an uneven face from a bad BOTOX® injection is not worth the discounted price. In addition, you might actually be receiving diluted BOTOX® especially if you find a place offering the cheapest BOTOX®. Expect to pay $15 to $25 per unit around the Bay Area for a good provider! 

Get Started with BOTOX® Today!

The best place to get started with BOTOX® is usually a med spa. A premier med spa like San Francisco’s Nob Hill Aesthetics offers a highly skilled team of providers with over a decade of experience and extensive training. Their specialty in BOTOX® injections can be seen in the many 5-star reviews they receive from their clients. Nob Hill Aesthetics actually has the most reviews for BOTOX® in the San Francisco area. In addition, their team of skilled providers will create a personalized BOTOX® treatment plan tailored to your needs while having your skincare and aesthetic goals in mind. Led by Dr. Bukov, who is a highly renowned aesthetic doctor, their team of BOTOX® providers check off every criteria when looking for a great place to get your BOTOX® injections. In addition, it only costs $12/unit for your first visit so that you are able to check out the quality of their BOTOX® injections first hand! Get started on your skincare journey by booking an appointment now! Call Nob Hill Aesthetics and set up an appointment for BOTOX® Cosmetic Here!

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