Botox – while some regard it as the fountain of youth, others have sworn against the injectables. But your opinion aside, it’s likely you’ve heard of the procedure since according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there’s been over a 25% rise in Botox injections amongst twenty somethings alone in the last decade. If you’ve been toying with the idea of giving Botox a try, here are some things you should first consider.
What is Botox?
Botox injections use a purified toxin called onobotulinumtoxinA to block chemical signals from the nerves to help freeze the muscles in the face. This temporary paralysis helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
What are the risks?
While relatively safe, it’s important to have the procedure performed by a certified doctor to avoid complications. Botox side effects can include pain and swelling, dryness or excessive tearing in the eyes, headaches, flu-like symptoms and crooked brows. If done incorrectly, there is also the small risk of the toxin spreading throughout the body, causing muscle weakness, vision issues, as well as trouble breathing, speaking, or swallowing.
How much does it cost?
At $400-600 a session every 3-4 months, Botox is a continuous investment. Keep in mind that the muscles in the face can weaken with use over years, making skin appear looser, needing more upkeep as time goes on.
How can Deminuage help?
Not quite sold on taking the leap into the world of injectables, but still interested in upping your anti-aging routine? The NanoPen is a great non-invasive at-home option to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines. When incorporated into your daily routine, it’s a cheaper, safer, and more-convenient alternative to Botox.
The pen is also a great way to supplement your injections if you have already started using Botox. Daily use can help with the upkeep of your skin and to maintain longer lasting results.
Do your research
So if you’re seriously considering Botox, be sure to read up and seek out a certified doctor to perform the procedure. Checking out pictures and reviews from past patients before you commit is also a good idea to ensure you’re on the same page with your vision for your results.