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Do Botox Hurt? Are Fillers Bad for You Long-Term?

Nothing will make your heart swell with joy, like when you have done something to improve yourself. Improving an area about yourself will give you a much-desired sense of accomplishment, which can do wonders for your self-confidence.

Trying a new diet, hitting the gym, or even trying out cosmetic treatments such as Botox could set you up on a path toward attaining a better version of yourself. At times, some tweaks to your smile can go a long way in revamping your look.

When we age, the major structural components of the face, skin, muscle, fat, and bone experience volume loss that contributes to aging signs. This is where undergoing the Botox procedure comes in handy. Our dentist performs Botox procedures to help replenish lost volume.
But there have been concerns about the long-term effects of using Botox. So, let’s get to know some of the facts about Botox.

Botox Procedure and Application

Botox is a gelatinous (gel-like) substance injected under the skin to restore and rejuvenate your skin’s appearance. They are composed of various substances, some synthetic and some naturally occurring.

The most common compound in Botox is hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid (HA) is found in our skin and plays a huge role in keeping the skin hydrated. Once you have been injected with hyaluronic acid, the effects can last six months or longer before being gradually absorbed into the body.

Besides hyaluronic acid, another Botox is made from calcium hydroxylapatite, polymethyl methacrylate, poly-L-lactic acid, and autologous fat (this is fat that has been transplanted from another part of your body). These substances have their pros and cons, longevity, texture, and unique density.

The Botox procedure goes as follows:

  • Step 1 – Facial Assessment and Mapping 

If you choose to go down this road, we will evaluate your facial appearance and skin tone to ensure that the filler enhances your appearance.

  • Step 2 – Cleansing 

The site to be injected will be cleansed using an antibacterial agent. Pain at the injection site may be mitigated using anesthetic ointment to numb the skin. The injections might not be pain-free, but they can easily be tolerated.

  • Step 3 – The Injection

The injection will be taken in a heartbeat. Then our dentist will evaluate the result to determine whether you will need additional Botox.
The whole process could be as short as 15 minutes and as long as an hour, depending on the number of areas to be addressed.

  • Step 4 – Clean Up and Recovery

Once you have deemed the results satisfactory, the markings will be cleansed off. Our dentist near you may give you an ice pack to help you with the swelling and discomfort. The area will feel tender for about a day or so. But it is not painful enough for our dentist to prescribe painkillers.

Application of Botox

Here’s what Botox can do for you:

  • Filling up thin lips and enhancing their appearance
  • Enhance the symmetry within your facial features
  • Eradicating vertical lip lines that develop over time as you age
  • Eradicate and even out any chin creases
  • Eradicate lines and wrinkles that form around the mouth
  • Plump up and sunken cheeks

Why Is It Bad for Botox to be Used In the Long Term?

Botox will always cost you a good amount of money. So, there is a temptation to turn to the online black market so that you can do it yourself and save a buck. The problem is that you may save money but put yourself at risk and develop complications that come with self-injecting fillers.

Botox are known to disrupt the sensation in areas of the skin where they have been injected. This can interfere with how you detect feelings and muscle movements. In other words, there’s going to be a change in how you sense your environment.

You can also experience an allergic reaction if your body is sensitive to synthetic substances. Also, it can cause an inflammatory reaction if your immune system views the foreign substance as harmful. All these are temporary side effects and will subside in a day or two.

However, if you choose to use Botox for a long time, you can experience muscle weakness in the face, head, and neck. These side effects can also cause undesirable consequences when you swallow.
In any case, when you get the right physicians to perform the treatment, you will be able to use them without experiencing long-term undesirable side effects.

Contact us at Lawn Dental Center if you need to know more about Botox in Chicago, IL.

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