Botox and other “lunchtime cosmetics” are gaining in popularity. Where it used to be a sensitive subject, or something reserved only for the richest among us, it has become faster, safer, and cheaper than ever. If there was ever a time to battle fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet, and other signs of aging, it’s now.

Of course, if you’ve never received Botox, you’ll have some questions and misconceptions about the process. Start here, at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute, to find the information you need to know before you go under the needle. 

How Does Botox Work?

Many believe that Botox works as a skin filler, plumping up the problem areas to make the appearance of wrinkles less obvious. In reality, Botox temporarily dulls the nerve’s ability to receive signals from the brain. Wrinkles are caused when our face makes the movement that scrunches the skin, but the injection won’t allow that to happen. Depending on how severe the wrinkles are, the injection sites can still look quite natural. 

How Long Does It Last?

Botox typically lasts anywhere from 3-4 months. Fortunately, the injection process is short, taking only around 30 minutes. With the quick results from Botox, you’d be able to come back to the office ten years younger than when you left. Be prepared for the commitment to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance.

Are There Side Effects?

Like any injection site, there is a chance of bruising, redness, or swelling. This is generally very mild and clears up quickly. Most people, though, don’t even experience that. In general, Botox injections only require that you avoid lying down for a few hours after the procedure to allow the results to take their full effect.

Is Botox for Men?

Absolutely! Around 10% of all cosmetic procedures are performed on men. Men and women alike love the rejuvenating effect that Botox has on their skin. It can significantly reduce frown lines, crows feet, and forehead wrinkles in men of all ages.