There are nearly 16 million non-surgical cosmetic procedures performed annually, and in the top 5 of the most popular treatments is Botulinum Toxin (Botox). Botox treatment is extremely quick and nearly completely pain-free. It is used to help patients rejuvenate and refresh their natural looks, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
Despite being a house-hold name, Botox is a prescription-only medicine; it makes sense to be as informed as possible about Botox treatments before going ahead.
Here are six things to know before getting wrinkle reducing Botox treatments:
- Not Everybody Who Provides Botox Is As Qualified As You Might Think
The aesthetics industry is poorly regulated. If you choose to have Botox, make sure the person providing the treatment is qualified and has the relevant experience. Look for medical practitioners registered with a regulating body, who will provide the service in accordance with good clinical practice and work within regulatory and legal guidelines. Dr Sian Aesthetics offers treatments with a doctor who is on the General Medical Council’s Specialist Register.
- You Might Bruise
There is minimal downtime associated with Botox, and if it has been applied well, it will look so natural, most people will not know you have had work done. Instead, they usually notice you’re looking particularly refreshed and well rested. However, it is important to know that the fine needle used might hit a blood vessel and cause some bruises. So immediately after your treatment you might be a bit red or at most, a little bit swollen or bruised.
- A Consultation is Extremely Important
It might be tempting to get Botox at a ‘Botox party’ or a similar event where there’s not much of a consultation before you’re injected, but this can be very dangerous. A consultation is extremely important so that your consultant can:
- Look at the way your face naturally moves
- Give you all the relevant information about the potential side effects and risks
- Completely explain how the injections will work
- Check that you’re aware of the kind of results to expect
- The Results Are Not Instantaneous
It does take a few days before you start to see a change, and the results don’t become fully apparent until approximately two weeks post treatment. You should also ensure that you care for yourself immediately following your treatment. Activities or actions to be avoided include:
- Putting makeup on the area that has been treated
- Touching your face in the area that has been treated
- Lying down
- Consuming alcohol
- The Results Don’t Last Forever
Botox is not a permanent treatment, so although you will benefit from the results for around 4 months on average, realistically you’ll see the effects fade between 3 to 6 months. There is no definite way to know how long it will last each person as it depends on where it was injected, how much was used and the individual biology of the person. This also means that if you do not like the results, you know that those results will fade, but it will take up to 6 months to see them fade completely.
- Botox Has Far-Reaching Applications
Botox is widely used for wrinkle and fine-line reduction, but it can also be used to reduce muscle spasms, migraines and excessive sweating. More men and women today opt for non-surgical treatments to ensure their external appearances reflect how youthful they really feel inside. Botox is a popular treatment that is able to revitalize your natural looks, refreshing and smoothing the skin for effective rejuvenation. However, it is an aesthetic treatment that is not to be taken lightly, so do not move forward until you are fully informed.