Education, Physical Health, Wellness / Self-Care

The 411 on Botox

Thinking of making the leap?

words by: Natasha Marsh
Dec 20, 2021

As more and more meetings and personal communication turn into digital conferences and video calls, there has been a real rise in Botox through the COVID-19 pandemic. People have noticed things on their face, neck, and arms (main parts seen over video chat) that they either might not have noticed before or are now hyper-aware of after seeing themselves through a screen.

 

While fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles under your eyes and hyperpigmentation are completely normal side effects of aging and something everyone will experience, if you prefer a smoother complexion and youthful-looking skin, Botox could be your answer. However, with the plethora of complicated reading available on the internet, we wanted to create a foolproof guide to Botox. Below we are sharing how long it lasts, how much it costs, what it feels like and what to do before an appointment.

 

What is Botox?

Botox is often confused with dermal fillers (another injectable) that restores volume to create a more youthful-looking appearance, However, Botox is a neurotoxin derived from bacteria called clostridium botulinum that works to block the signal between the nerve and the muscle so that the muscle cannot contract. When it is injected, Botox enables the underlying muscle to temporarily stop moving — preventing fine lines and wrinkles from forming (the 11’s between your brows, crows feet, and the visible wrinkles on your face).

 

Oddly enough, Botox is a brand name. The actual process injects tiny micro-droplet injections evenly, using a fine needle for the affected areas.

 

What are the benefits of Botox?

Botox reduces fine lines and wrinkles. Period. Full stop.

 

Whenever muscles contract, they release acetylcholine, a chemical message from the nerve cells to the other cells. When Botox steps in, it releases acetylcholine and relaxes the muscles to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles.

 

It’s important to note the word “reduce.” Botox does not claim to fully remove fine lines and wrinkles, but to reduce them. The procedure takes 15 to 20 minutes to treat static (wrinkles that permanently form over loss of elastin and collagen), examples are wrinkles on arms, cheeks, mouth, neck; and dynamic (wrinkles from repetitive movements), examples are crow’s feet from squinting and forehead lines from expressive eyebrows.

 

How much does it cost and how long will it last?

This is a bit of a weighted question as Botox fees can vary based on where you will be injected and the location of where you will receive treatment. Typically, though, Botox is more expensive in large, big cities and less in suburban ones.

 

Depending on your doctor, treatment is based on units or a whole area. For units, you’ll see doctors charge anywhere from $10 to $25 per unit — which might not sound expensive, but can certainly add up when most treatments average 8 to 30 units.

 

Most people drop a few hundred on Botox and find it worth it as it typically lasts three to four months. If you decide to go this route, think about the cost per unit, how many units, and the touch-ups you’ll need to receive every three to four months.

 

Bonus, here’s 9 winter skin care tips I swear by and since there’s only a few days left before Christmas, here are some perfect grooming stocking stuffers.

 

Photo via Sean Locke