Ask the Experts: Answering Botox FAQs (Part 2)

May 22nd, 2020 6:52am

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Botox is a seemingly magical cosmetic treatment that effectively reduces the appearance of wrinkles, sagging skin, and fine lines. Unlike most age-defying cosmetic procedures, Botox is non-invasive, quick, and relatively painless. Once injected, Botox blocks signals from your nerves to the muscles in the injection site. Consequently, the targeted muscles no longer contract, making your face appear more youthful and revitalized.

 At Clinique de Mode, we offer this globally popular cosmetic treatment to help you regain your youthful glow. Our Botox procedure guarantees the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, frown lines, and sagging skin. But before you dive into the phenomenal world of age-defying wonders, you may have some questions, and we’re here to answer them with this comprehensive guide. 

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What causes Botox to wear off? 

The number of units required to freeze the muscles on your face varies from one area to another. This also lessens gradually as you undergo Botox treatments more frequently, as the facial muscles weaken over time and repeated Botox exposure. 

Although Botox can last anywhere from 6 months to 9 months, there are factors that could cause it to wear off sooner, which include the following:

Prolonged Sun Exposure 

Excessive exposure to sunlight can boost blood circulation, which causes the blood vessels to disperse the Botox solution at a more rapid rate. It is recommended that you protect your face from  sun exposure with sun block, sunglasses, and a wide brimmed hat, especially within the first 24 hours after your Botox treatment. 

Strenuous Exercise 

Participating in high intensity exercises, like cardio, increases your blood flow as well. Carrying out strenuous activities directly after getting Botox injections could risk the solution to dissolve before it got the chance to properly diffuse. In turn, this reduces the effectiveness of the treatment. Even after the 24 hour waiting period, specialists still advise their patients to be careful when they return to their workout regimen.

This is mainly because your face naturally distorts into different facial expressions during a workout, which could cause the muscles to contract and defeat the purpose of Botox’s muscles relaxing effects. 

Are there people who should not get Botox? 

Botox is relatively safe for a wide range of people, however, you should not get it if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological or autoimmune ailment. Keep in mind that it is always safer to consult with your doctor first before opting to undergo any type of cosmetic procedure.

How much does Botox cost? 

The cost of Botox treatments differ from one clinic to another, ranging between $550 to $1,150, depending on what area of your face you wish to have treated. Typically, you will either be charged by unit or target area. 

What happens if I don’t keep up with Botox? 

Contrary to popular belief, stopping your Botox treatments, will not make your wrinkles worse. Cast your worries of skin structure loss aside, because that’s a mere myth. Over time, your face will gradually return to its original state, pre-Botox treatment. You can also expect the movement of your facial muscles to be completely restored. During this period of readjustment to what your face used to look like, your skin will actually have improved in appearance, as the adverse signs of aging will have been visibly reduced. In general, there are no dangerous or unpleasant consequences when Botox treatments are discontinued. 

What do I need to know before getting Botox? 

Before getting Botox injections it’s important to stick to a few essential preparations. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

Avoid Alcoholic Substances 

Refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages in the days leading up to your Botox treatment. This is because alcohol is a blood thinner that could increase the risk of bruising. 

Medical Information 

Make it a point to disclose your current medication to your doctor, if there are any. 

Eat a Hearty Breakfast 

Eating well before your treatment will minimize your chances of feeling lightheaded.

Special Events 

Make sure to schedule your Botox injections not less than 2 weeks before you attend an event or go on vacation, as it takes approximately 4 to 7 days for the bruising and redness to subside entirely. Plan accordingly, so you’ll attend your events or vacation looking your best. 

Do you need a consultation before getting Botox? 

It is important to get a consultation before getting Botox. During this period, your practitioner will be able to gather essential information for your treatment. 

What should I ask at my Botox consultation? 

You should ask all the questions you have in order to feel safe and at ease regarding your Botox injections. Ask your doctor to walk you through the procedure and how long it will take before you see visible results. Additionally, you should ask about post-procedure care and any possible side effects. 

Generally, Botox is painless, but pain thresholds differ from one patient to another. Make sure you get clear answers to all your questions before committing to Botox. 

How should I sleep after Botox? 

AAvoid lying down on your side right after your Botox injections. It is recommended that you lay down on your back and keep your head elevated as much as possible. This prevents the substance from migrating to other parts of your face. 

What will I look like immediately after Botox? 

Results will be visible approximately seven days after your Botox treatment. The target areas will appear smoother and revitalized, restoring your youthful glow. 

Does Botox work the first time? 

Yes, Botos works the first time. It may take a few days for the results to show on your face, but once they do, you will notice a dramatic change in the smoothness of your skin. After approximately seven days, you will notice smoother and younger looking skin. 

Book Your Botox Treatment Today! 

Clinique de Mode specializes in Botox and other age-defying treatments in order to help you achieve the cosmetic aesthetic you’ve always wanted! Book your Botox treatment with us today.


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