Of all the services Eastside offers at our Columbus and Hilliard dermatology clinics, Botox is both one of our most popular, as well as one of our most misunderstood, services.
Botox has been the most popular aesthetic treatment in the United States for decades, but much of what people know about Botox treatment comes from its early, rapid increase in popularity – and the associated disinformation that came along with it.
Here are the facts you need to know about Botox treatment in Columbus before booking your appointment.
Botox is a treatment that is most commonly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead and around the eyes. In order to do this, the areas are injected with a solution that will temporarily relax the muscles that cause these wrinkles to form.
Botox has been a go-to treatment for decades to bring a more youthful look to all sorts of faces, because it is safe, effective, and accessible. Because it is a quick, minimally invasive procedure with long-lasting effects, Botox treatment in Columbus is also a less expensive option compared to facelifts and other cosmetic surgeries.
Results typically last three to five months, but can last much longer with periodic touch up treatments.
The popularity of Botox treatment has increased tremendously over the past few years, as more and more people come to understand the benefits and safety. And part of that popularity comes as we are learning more about how Botox treatments can actually prevent wrinkles and fine lines in addition to smoothing them after they’ve formed.
People are now beginning to start preventative Botox at the age of 25. For those interested in this, it is recommended to start preventative Botox around the time that the lines or wrinkles start to become more permanent in your everyday look. Preventative Botox is for those who are looking to stop fine lines and wrinkles from forming as early as they can.
A big part of the aforementioned misinformation surrounding Botox treatments has to do with the safety of the procedure. The reality is that Botox treatments are incredibly safe.
In a study that covered Botox treatments from 1989 (the beginning of Botox’s licensure as a cosmetic product) to 2003, it was found that only 36 patients reported any sort of adverse effects from the treatment, and 13 of those were linked to an underlying condition. For reference, over 1.1 million patients were reported to have used Botox in 2002 alone.
Procedures have only gotten safer and more efficient since then, so the answer is yes, Botox treatment is statistically and medically safe, especially when it is administered by a highly trained and professional staff.
Typical side effects from botox treatments include swelling, redness, and bruising. These side effects are temporary and will resolve quickly. Bruising may take longer to resolve depending on how your body handles the bruising process.
Still not convinced? Have more questions? That’s okay! At Eastside Dermatology, we want you to be comfortable with all your skincare decisions. Contact us or book an appointment today and we’ll answer your questions and help you determine if Botox treatments may be right for you.