A lot of people have a lot of concerns around Botox. Actually, people tend to fall into two different camps when it comes to Botox: either they think it’s a miracle substance, or they think it’s poison. There aren’t too many opinions between these two extremes.
For people who are concerned about Botox, there are a lot of questions. How long has there even been Botox? How safe—or unsafe—is it? What will I look like afterward… like a plastic doll?
This video features Kirbie Johnson exploring exactly what goes on with a Botox injection, by accompanying her mother for a treatment. Johnson notes that celebrities like Kelly Ripa and Kim Kardashian have tried Botox, and so she’s very curious about the process. So she asked “dermatologist to the stars” Dr. Jessica Wu about what happens with Botox, and asks her to answer all these questions.
The bottom line is what can Botox do for you? Johnson asked her own mother, Janet, to be Dr. Wu’s patient in order to demonstrate the procedure.
The first question is, of course, what is Botox? Wu explains that it’s a protein that doctors inject just beneath the skin. It relaxes over-active muscles that cause wrinkles. The next obvious question pertains to its safety: this protein that’s injected, how dangerous is it?
Wu explains how she’s come to rely on Botox in her practice. Botox, she says, has been around since the 1940s. That means there have been decades and decades of testing and trials, and if it were dangerous, that could have been determined by now.
First a potential patient goes for an initial consultation. Once they return to the doctor, she gets down to whatever it is that they are looking for. In this case, it’s all about the frown lines. She asks the patient to close her eyes and frown really hard, and at that moment she makes a small injection just over the right eyebrow.
Why the frown? Because that shows the doctor where they muscles are, which is also where the Botox needs to be placed.
As for pain, some people think it’s less painful than having their eyebrows waxed! But there’s another concern: what will you look like after the procedure? Won’t there be some disfigurement, however temporary?
Wu answers no: she says that the pink spots that spring up after the injection are the worst it will get, and they’re going in little more than an hour after the procedure. And unlike many other procedures, there are no restrictions on activity, you can get right back to normal.
As for side effects Wu concedes that there may be a little redness or swelling at the injection site, that the pinpricks may be visible for a few hours, and that there may be a little itchiness. If you can keep from rubbing the injection site, or pressing against it, you’ll heal far more quickly. And the Botox will stay where it’s supposed to; too much rubbing can move it under the skin.
Two days to a week after the injection procedure, you’ll be feeling and looking great!