We all would love to age gracefully with little to no intervention. However, that is not always possible. Wrinkles and laugh lines are, of course, part of the aging process. However, if you do not want to see them every time you look in the mirror, you do have options, such as Botox injectables. That being said, you should also be mindful of their associated risks. Injections are nothing to be taken lightly and you need to know how to ensure the ones you get are safe, as the recent popularity of botox injectable has stimulated an influx of scams and imitators.
In this post, read more about what Botox injectables are, their benefits and risks, and how you can tell if your getting a quality product.
What are Botox Injectables?
Botox injectables refer to an array of Botox-products that contain highly purified (and safe to use) botulinum-toxin protein, that can be injected into the muscle with a needle. Botox injectables are commonly used to temporarily smooth crow’s-feet around the eyes, and frown lines and to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, while preventing new wrinkles from forming. Botox itself is an FDA-approved cosmetic treatment. Botox injectables block chemical signals in the nerves that cause muscles to contract essentially making your smooth wrinkle-free.
Benefits of Botox Injectables
There are many benefits to Botox injectables, provided you use a reliable and authorized distributor.
Benefit #1: Eliminates Wrinkles
Botox injectables are used to help relax facial lines, which in turn reduces and eliminates wrinkles.
Benefit #2: Prevents New Lines from Forming
Because the muscles in the face are relaxed through the treatment and there are fewer movements in the face, new lines are less likely to form. This further enhances a younger-looking and smoother appearance.
Benefit #3: Non-surgical and Non-Invasive
You will usually get 3 to 4 months of results out of one treatment. That treatment is both non-invasive and non-surgical. The procedure is also quite quick and painless. It usually takes just 15 minutes, depending on the scope of service.
Benefit #4: Treat Other Conditions
Since Botox works on the basis of blocking signals that cause muscles to contract, it can be used in other ways than just reducing wrinkles. For example, it can be used to treat chronic migraines by reducing the frequency of headaches. It can also be used to correct bruxism and jaw clenching, which can help to eliminate future pain.
Risks of Botox Injectables
With such a focus on Botox and keeping an ageless look in today’s culture, you may find that there are constant deals around every corner. However, the saying rings true that if the deal seems too good to be true, it probably is and that is the case with cheap Botox injectables.
The demand for injectables has skyrocketed in recent years and the demographic has also changed, with a younger crowd wanting in on injectables. However, there are risks to consider before you buy one of those cheaper alternative products.
Risk #1: Imported Product
Inexpensive products run a higher risk of being imported and it is illegal to buy a product from outside the country.
You want to be sure the product you are purchasing is authentic and the only way to do that is to buy it directly from an authorized distributor or the manufacturer itself. This is also the only way to be assured the product is FDA-approved.
Risk #2: Shoddy Work
A good deal on Botox injectables could be the result of an injector who is trying to hook you into becoming a regular customer. To keep costs low in an introductory service, that injector may be diluting the products to keep their costs down and minimize the product’s effects. In the meantime, they could also be increasing your risk of getting an infection.
Examples of sketchy practices include:
- Taking product out of their syringes to mix with saline or water
- Using half-used syringes to inject the same patient at a future visit, or a different patient altogether
Risk #3: Fake Fillers
With the skyrocketing popularity of fillers, the market now includes plenty of imitations. There are a number of distributors who are not authorized and plenty of practitioners who are engaging in fraudulent practices.
If you do not use an authorized provider, you really do not have a good way of knowing what is in that syringe. It really could be cement, silicone, or virtually anything.
Risk #4: Complications
Those who are out looking for a bargain and subsequently purchase cheaper fillers, run the increased risk of suffering from a complication. That complication could be anything from an allergic reaction or infection to disfigurement, facial drooping or nerve damage.
Receiving Botox Services
There are many benefits to receiving Botox injectables. However, those benefits really only exist if you are receiving the service from a reputable and authorized distributor. In order to avoid risk as much as possible, you want to use an injector that has a reputation for reliable service.
Interested in Botox or speaking to a medical provider about your skin-care needs? Contact Elume Medspa today or schedule a Botox treatment consultation. We will be happy to discuss your needs for Botox and any other treatments you may be interested in.