Green adds that your wrinkles may take a little while to reappear even after the Botox wears off, since they haven’t been forming the wrinkles for a few months and need some time to fall back into their old ways. For this reason, many people perceive their Botox as lasting weeks longer.
Botox is used in many ways besides preventing “photo aging” in the face, says Green. “Other uses include blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking), strabismus (lazy eye), hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), migraines, and bruxism (teeth grinding), among others in a similar fashion by blocking the release of acetylcholine.” Specifically, when it comes to hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), Botox blocks the nerves that stimulate your sweat glands.
Green’s male patients most commonly receive Botox on the glabella (between the eyebrows), forehead, masseter (common to cure teeth grinding and build jaw definition), crow’s feet (around the eyes), and chin (to smooth inconsistencies or build definition).
Who Should Consider Botox—And Who Should Not
Botox is approved for people 18 and older, but that doesn’t mean you should be getting it at that age. Green tells her patients to wait until their mid-to-late 20s and early 30s before getting Botox. “It is often unnecessary to inject someone under 25 for cosmetic reasons unless they have strong wrinkles that are negatively affecting their self-esteem or if they have a medical condition that Botox can treat, such as teeth grinding or migraines,” she says.
Botox will have little to no benefit at such a young age, since your wrinkles are often not set in. Besides, collagen production only starts declining around 25 years of age, so your skin should be fairly resilient until that point. People who should also avoid Botox are anyone pregnant or expecting, as well as those with neuromuscular disorders, or at heightened risk of keloid scarring.
It Only Takes a Few Minutes
Botox is quick. You don’t even need any anesthesia, and a trained doctor will only need a few minutes to inject and set the Botox.
Dr. Green notes that prices for Botox vary vastly, for many reasons. “The price of Botox will depend on several factors: geographic location, the experience of the injector, placement, and volume. The more experience an injector has (and the higher the cost of living in the neighborhood you are getting injected in) will increase the price of Botox. Some clinics charge Botox injections per unit while other offices charge Botox per area. Larger areas like the armpit will require more Botox than your forehead and therefore, will be more expensive.”
To play it smart and safe, set your baseline expectations around a couple hundred dollars, minimum. Anything below that may indicate you’re cutting corners on experience and reliability. And you’ll have to wait 4 months or more for your face to return to normal, regretting the coupon clipping of it all for all those minutes between. Seriously, don’t skimp!
Botox Is Not The Only Product Like This On the Market
Botox may be the first and most popular neurotoxin approved to reduce wrinkles, but it isn’t the last. As mentioned, some people develop resistance or tolerance to Botox with repeated use, in which case they can opt for alternate uses of the botulinum toxin—most notably Xeomin or Dysport.