Four Things You Might Want to Know About Botox Injections

Botox has a long history of use for wrinkle reduction. Botox injections have a low risk of side effects and are easy to endure. However, they should always be administered by a professional for your safety. If you've never had the injections before, you may wonder what they're like and when you should start them. Here's some information that might answer your questions. 

1. You Can Start Botox at a Fairly Young Age

You don't have to wait until you have a lot of wrinkles before you start Botox. In fact, starting at a younger age could help prevent the formation of wrinkles later on because you won't be creating creases when you make facial expressions.

The first step is to have your skin evaluated by a dermatologist so you learn your skin type. Some people get wrinkles early in life while others don't. Sun exposure, proper skincare, and genetics all affect how soon you get wrinkles and the age to start taking Botox injections.

2. Botox Works on Certain Wrinkles

Your face develops two types of wrinkles. Botox injections work on wrinkles that form around your eyes when you smile or on your forehead when you make facial expressions. The injections paralyze the muscles in the area so when you make a facial expression, the wrinkles won't appear.

The other type of wrinkles are the kind that are always present on your skin. Your dermatologist may recommend treating them with dermal fillers instead of Botox.

3. You Don't Have to Worry About Pain

Botox is administered with a tiny needle, so you may not even need numbing cream. However, if you're getting Botox injections in a sensitive area on your face, or if you have low pain tolerance, your dermatologist can numb your skin first so you don't have any pain. Once the injection is over, there is no lasting pain or soreness from the needle.

4. You Might Start With Mini Botox

Mini or baby Botox injections are meant only for your face. They deliver a smaller amount of Botox, so they are an option to consider when you're trying Botox injections for the first time. The results won't be nearly as dramatic and the results won't last as long as regular Botox injections. However, you may find the results are more natural-looking.

Another benefit is that mini injections are less expensive since you use less Botox. However, if you have a lot of wrinkles, you might not get the results you want, so ask your dermatologist for advice about what type of botox injections to get and where to get them.