If you’ve found yourself on this article, welcome. When it comes to that adorable ol’ (read: annoying AF) chestnut of aging, we’re all in this together my friend; if needles make you squeamish, you’ve noticed one-too-many fine lines than you’d like, or can’t quite muster up the courage to ask that girl/guy in the office why their forehead is so bloody smooth, chances are you might have some questions about Botox.
We totally get that sticking needles in your face might not sound like your idea of a good time, so if you’ve considering getting the jab here’s everything you should know. We took one for the team, signed ourselves up and went to see one of the best in biz, Dr. Natasha Cook to get the down low on the B-word.
First Up, What Does Botox Actually Do?
In case you hadn’t figured this one our already, Botox is a muscle relaxant. It relaxes muscles by blocking the impulses from the nerve fibre, essentially putting them to sleep, and making you look like you’ve had the best damn sleep of your life.
Over time you’ll find the Botox protein starts to break down and the nerve fibre ‘wakes up’ and the muscle starts moving and contracting again. An experienced injector knows where to inject Botox in order to ensure that your muscles don’t pull in certain areas. Pro tip: relaxed muscles no longer pull on the skin leaving you smooth and wrinkle free!
How Long Does Botox Last?
Botox is by no means permanent! So, if you hate the results or decide it’s just not for you, it’s completely reversible. Generally, Botox lasts three to six months, after which, the Botox starts to break down and your muscles start to wake up and contract again. The time Botox lasts depends on the area treated and the amount of product used.
How Often Do I Need To Get Botox?
There’s no hard and fast rule here—there are a million factors that determine how often you need (or want) to get Botox. Prolonged and consistent use will eventually cause your muscles to shrink, meaning you might need to get less Botox, less often after prolonged use. As a guide, factor in a top-up every 4 to 6 months to maintain results.
How Do You Know When It’s Time for Your First Jab!?
In the words of our skin oracle, early intervention is prevention. You’ll be hard pressed to find a doctor or nurse that doesn’t agree with this philosophy, as it’s much easier to prevent damage to skin than trying to fix it when it’s already a problem!
Keep an eye out for when wrinkles first appear at rest (raising your eyebrows to your hairline is not at rest, fam). When you have wrinkles embedded in the skin when you’re making no expression, it might be the right time to try Botox for the first time. You’ll also end up needing less product if you start early.
Most Importantly, Does It Hurt?
Ever heard the saying, beauty is pain? Yeah, us too. But seriously guys, do not freak out. In short, Botox doesn’t hurt. Imagine squeezing a pimple or a tiny pinch, the needles are fine therefore pain is minimal #winning.
So You’ve Had The Jab, Now What?
Be sure not to forget that you need to look after the entire canvas that is your face. Even skin tone (think no sun damage, pigmentation, freckles or blemishes) is the number one way to look younger and healthier. Dr. Cook suggests investing in your skin care routine, with a cell renewing and exfoliating serum Dr. Natasha Cook’s Concentrated Clarifier in combination with a Vitamin B3, Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid for hydration, such as Dr. Natasha Cook’s Concentrated Illuminator.
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