Because facts matter, let’s get down to brass-tacks. Botox isn’t a long-term solution. It’s a treatment that needs to be repeated over and over again, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth your while. Typically, treatment lasts about three to four months depending on many factors including the patient’s age and the number of units used in the treatment. Statistically, men fare a little worse with Botox because stronger muscles mean less longevity for the treatment fillers. They can expect treatment to last somewhere between two and three months.

If you’re looking for something that lasts a bit longer, you can practice muscle retraining. How that works is you stick to the regimen your doctor has put you on and allow your muscles a chance to change the way they move your face. Allow them to retrain and work for you, not against you.

As with any treatment, you should go into it with a basic understanding of what it is. First, you should learn your provider’s philosophy and approach. Make sure that it matches your goals. Do your research about the provider, the facility, the treatment provided, and any potential risk factors of the procedure. Make sure your provider offers before and after consultation to answer any of your questions or concerns. If they’re unwilling to sit down and chat, they’re not the provider for you. It’s their job to ease your mind and take your concerns into account. Don’t go into this believing this is a short-term commitment. It is, in fact, the very opposite of that. What you choose to do today could have a significant outcome on the rest of your life and could help prolong your anti-aging process. You know, the reason you considered Botox treatment in the first place. Also, keep in mind that one treatment or one negative effect doesn’t constitute full knowledge of how your body will react to treatments in the future. Do your homework.

If you should decide to stop receiving Botox secrets, you’ll be glad to know there are no side effects to stopping. If for whatever reason treatments aren’t for you, consider that a lesson learned and move on.

Did you know that Botox could be used a preventative treatment for wrinkles? It can! Even if you see no wrinkles now, getting injections will weaken the muscle and limit its movement now and will prevent a wrinkle from forming in that area. Yay! But – there’s always a but – when it comes to aging, wrinkles aren’t the only thing you want to prevent. Primarily, you should want to prevent the sagging that comes with aging. If you over-weaken a muscle, you’re promoting more sagging. Don’t go so far as to cause other muscles to compensate for the one you’ve over-weakened.

Botox is not the end all, be all. Sometimes you just might need a filler to fill in some of the gaps and plump your skin.

Botox treatments have other benefits too like they can eliminate excess sweating, flushing, adult acne, teeth grinding, jaw clenching and can ever help with migraines. Consult your practitioner to find out what it can do for you and find the right treatment that makes sense for you.

By Eilleen Smith