Cosmetic procedures are constantly evolving and new ones seem to pop up left and right. One procedure that’s always been popular is Botox and the Frenshe community has expressed interest in learning more about the science, pros, cons, etc. behind the injections. We spoke to founder and CEO of Alchemy43, Nicci Levy, to discuss everything you need to know before getting Botox. Curious? Read on ahead.
What Is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic is the brand name for a medicine called Botulinum Toxin Type A. “It is a purified protein derived from a plant source which is measured in units—the number of units used to treat an area depends on how much is needed to create the desired effect,” she said. “Dosing is determined by the injectors and ideally should be more or less based off of FDA approved dosing guidelines for each area.”
What to Expect
The first thing you’ll expect before getting Botox for the first time is an honest and open conversation with the provider about medical history, desired treatment areas, and aesthetic goals. “The treatment itself is quick and easy,” she said. “The area will be cleaned off, and a few tiny injections later, you’ll be all set!” Botox is administered by a licensed medical provider including MD, DO, PA, NP, and RN.
Most Commonly Treated Areas
Like with any other cosmetic treatment, there are specific areas to target with Botox. “The 11’s between the brows, the forehead, and the crow’s feet area around the outside of the eyes are the most popular treatment areas,” said Levy. However, Botox can also treat some other conditions as well. “Botox is one of the most studied medications in the world and has a multitude of therapeutic uses,” she explains. “Some of those include migraine headaches, overactive bladder, cerebral palsy, TMJ, blepharospasm (excessive blinking) and strabismus (a form of a lazy eye).”
A good candidate for Botox includes anyone deemed an appropriate medical candidate over 18 who is interested in improving or even preventing fine lines and wrinkles. “However, Botox Cosmetic is not indicated for anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding,” she said.
After your treatment you can expect to have minimal downtime. “You might have some redness or small bumps in the treated area and that typically resolves within 30 minutes,” she said. Botox Cosmetic takes up to 14 days to see final results. And Levy explained that there are no downsides to trying the procedure. “If you try it once and decide it’s not for you, you simply go back to how you looked before the treatment. There is no downside to trying it,” she said.
Because Botox Cosmetic is FDA approved to last for up to four months, it’s best to get Botox injections every three to four months to maintain the refreshed look.
You can expect to pay around $350-$700 for Botox. “That would be the average range, however, this can vary from person to person depending on their desired result,” she explained.
To book a free consultation at an Alchemy43 location, visit their website.