or years, Botox has been associated exclusively with females seeking to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles. But did you know that Botox is also popular amongst men? In the past 15 years, the number of men getting Botox has risen by a whopping 337 percent. BROtox, the nickname for Botox given to men, continues to grow in popularity thanks to its long-lasting effects and the surge in confidence that often comes with it. If you are thinking about getting Botox, but aren’t sure where to start, your favorite dentist at Rosslyn Farms Dental is here to tell you everything you have ever wanted to know about the procedure.
BROtox: Your Favorite Dentist at Rosslyn Farms Gives You the Basics
Everything You Need to Know About the Procedure
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BROtox is the exact same thing as Botox. It’s just a nickname used to refer to the procedure when it is done on a male. Men often get Botox for the same reason women do -- to smooth away smile imperfections or wrinkles.
Botox: A Quick Overview
Botox, a chemical that blocks nerve signals to the muscles, is injected into the target area using a fine needle. Once the muscle is injected with the serum, it can no longer retract. Any surrounding wrinkles relax and soften as a result. These results will last from three to sixth months. After the lines and wrinkles start to reappear, you will need to schedule another appointment.
Botox is typically used to get rid of:
- Crow’s feet
- Forehead lines
- Frown lines
Unfortunately, Botox is not effective against wrinkles caused by sun damage. One of the most common side effects of Botox is bruising. However, this usually goes away relatively quickly. Some people also experience headaches within 24 to 48 hours.
When Should I get Botox?
Some people also question when the right age to get Botox is. Most patients do not start using Botox until their 30s. However, people in their 20’s often elect to get “preventative Botox” done. Dermatologists and health care professionals are still divided over whether preventative Botox is worth the trouble. It is important to note that there are less invasive methods for preventing wrinkles at a young age. Your dentist at Rosslyn Farms can help you determine whether or not you are at the right age to get Botox.
Pros and Cons of Getting BROtox
Why Botox May or May Not be Right For You
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Before you decide whether or not to try Botox, you should weigh all of the pros and cons of the procedure.
- Fast Results: Patients often see results within a couple of hours to a couple of days of the procedure.
- Short Procedure: The procedure itself only takes around five to ten minutes.
- Extremely Effective: Botox has been shown to be more effective in removing fine lines and wrinkles than top-tier skin creams.
- Temporary Results: Unfortunately, you will need to go in for follow-up procedures, as the serum does not provide permanent results
- Expensive: Botox can cost around several hundred dollars.
- Side Effects: Common side effects of Botox include bruising, soreness, and headaches. Some patients may experience minor loss in the ability to perform basic facial expressions. Neck pain and nausea may also occur.
For some people, the pros of Botox outweigh the cons and possible side effects that come with it. For others, they may try to find less invasive, cheaper methods for eliminating wrinkles before taking the next step toward Botox. At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide whether or not you should get Botox.
Here is Everything That Will Happen During Your Appointment
The procedure usually only takes a few minutes. Your doctor may apply numbing cream or ointment to your skin before starting. However, you may still experience some mild discomfort during the procedure. Some patients may feel a slight burning sensation while others might not feel anything at all.
When your doctor is ready, he or she will begin to inject tiny amounts of the botulinum toxin, also known as botox, into your skin using a thin needle. The number of injections your doctor performs will depend on the size of the area being treated. One to three injections are usually applied per muscle.
Before and After Care
You Will Need to Take Extra Care With Your Skin Both Before and After the Procedure
There are a variety of steps you may need to take before your Botox appointment. For instance, Botox does not mix well with certain medications, such as blood thinners or aspirin. If you are on any medication, you will need to consult with your doctor about it before the procedure. Depending on the medication, your doctor will either advise you to stay on it or to stop taking it in the days leading up to the procedure.
If you smoke, you will want to lay off the cigarettes starting several days before the procedure is set to take place. Prior to the procedure, you should ice your face and wash it as thoroughly as possible. This will keep bruising, as well as your chances of getting an infection, minimal.
After the procedure, you will need to avoid touching your face for at least 24 hours. Rubbing your face can cause nerve damage and drooping eyelids. You will also want to avoid strenuous exercise for a couple of days. Make sure you also avoid sleeping on the treated areas. If you experience mild bruising, you can apply an ice pack to the affected area.
Many people who get Botox experience higher self-esteem and confidence thanks to its effectiveness. Do you think Botox might be for you? Contact a dentist at Rosslyn Farms Dental to schedule a consultation today.