As one of Azul’s Master Injectors, one of the favorite parts of my job is getting to know our patients. I love to learn about people. Becoming better acquainted with repeat patients is a joy, but nothing beats meeting a first-time Botox user!
I remember how, just five years ago, Botox was considered to be the cosmetic procedure of only the stars. Hollywood actor after actor seemed to be getting it. But today, it isn’t just Hollywood that is into Botox. Everyone and their neighbor is getting Botox! Over the last few years, we’ve received a massive flurry of inquiries here at Azul Medical Spa about Botox injections. It’s always fascinating to talk to new patients about the procedure, what they expect and if they’re nervous. It turns out that, when it comes to first-time Botox users, certain confessions are universal.
So… You’re Injecting Me with What?
It doesn’t matter how prepared they are or how much research they’ve done, first-time Botox users are almost always nervous about what we are injecting into their faces. Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In very large doses, it’s responsible for the illness botulism. This information understandably makes some people a little worried. I always make a special effort to calm their fears, telling them that we’re only going to be injecting a tiny amount of the toxin, not even close to enough for them to feel any major effects. All it will do is weaken the tiny muscles in the face that cause small wrinkles. I assure them that it’s temporary, and that the muscles will come back to full strength in just a few months.
Will It Hurt?
If there’s one universal constant, it’s that most people are terrified of needles, just like they were when they were kids. With Botox, the injections are so light and quick that you’ll barely even feel them. I’ve had patients ask me when I’m going to start, when I’d actually already been injecting them. We apply a topical cream to numb the skin before we begin, and there’s really very little pain. At their absolute worst, Botox injections might feel like a little pinch, like a pin prick!
But I Don’t Feel Any Different.
There’s sometimes an unspoken expectation that, right after getting their first Botox treatment, lines and wrinkles will instantly be gone! Or that their face will be completely paralyzed. Sitcoms love the old joke where someone gets Botox and then can’t move any muscles in their face for a day. Like most sitcom jokes, this is a complete exaggeration. You might feel some minor numbness after a Botox treatment, but you won’t feel or see the full effects for at least a few days or even a week after you leave the Spa. Those little wrinkles around your eyes are caused by tiny, repetitive movements of the muscles. Once those muscles are relaxed, the wrinkles will start to fade from the skin. It only takes a little while for the effects to really show up. Botox, unfortunately, just isn’t an instant treatment (although if you do want an instant wrinkle treatment, we also offer injectable fillers!)
It Costs How Much?
The cost of Botox depends on a number of factors, such as how many areas you want us to treat and how often you want to come back for more. Botox isn’t a permanent wrinkle solution, just an incredibly effective temporary one. To keep your results, you’ll have to come back every few months for more injections, as those tiny muscles will start to get strong and twitch again.
First-timers sometimes say that they may come back in a year or so, but certainly not in three months. Well, once they see the results, the vast majority become second-timers as soon the effects start to wear off and the old frowns appear again! It’s always a delight to see someone come back for a second Botox treatment, because I get to hear all about the experience. The truth is, the more you use Botox, the longer you can go between treatments because your muscles get trained to stop squeezing- so that’s a real benefit of continued use.
The bottom line is that there’s nothing to fear about Botox. It’s an incredibly simple procedure that gives you amazing results. Every morning after getting Botox, you’ll wake up, look in the mirror, notice those wrinkles are getting lighter and lighter, and smile!
If you’d like to book a Botox appointment, please give us a call (239) 415-7576 or visit our website at https://www.azulbeauty.com/. If you’re a regular patient, I’d love to see you again. If you’re a first-timer, don’t worry, you’ll love your results!