You may decide after a consultation with one of our experts that the best treatment plan is Botulinum toxin (Botox). A term heavily popularized by celebrities is not as anxiety-inducing as it appears! In fact, Botox is one of the best agents used at reducing fine lines and wrinkles on the upper-third of your face that you may find cosmetically displeasing. This is achieved by inhibiting nerve signalling to the muscle, disabling it from contracting which causes the wrinkle to relax and ultimately decreases its appearance. Targeted areas include wrinkles around the eyes, vertical frown lines between the eyebrows and forehead lines. It can even be injected into the armpits to help combat excessive sweating!
Does Botox hurt?
Any procedure involving a needle can be comfortable, but luckily Botox needles are very thin so there is only slight pain.
Is Botox permanent?
Botox typically remains for 3-4 months. However, it is an individual case where some patients see effects last up to 6 months, whereas others experience shorter periods of 2 months.
Are fillers preferred over Botox?
Fillers are good at combatting lines when the face is at rest, as opposed to Botox which is good at reducing expressions when the face is moving. The effects of filler usually last longer than Botox, however this generally depends on the type of fillers used. Nonetheless, results are more effective when fillers and Botox are used together.
Once the effects of Botox wear off, will your face look older?
This is a common fear, but since Botox inhibits muscle movement in the face when actively used, your skin will just return to its original state once you halt your Botox regimen as the muscles aren’t prevented from contracting anymore. This will enable wrinkles to reappear. In fact, you might need less Botox in the future if your Botox routine manages to reinstruct your muscles to move less, visibly smoothing out your skin. However, depending on how long and how much Botox you have been using, long-term excessive use can permanently weaken the muscles, which can make skin appear thinner and can prompt other muscles to contract when making a facial expression. Consequently, wrinkles can appear elsewhere on your face.
Who should not use Botox?
Individuals who are pregnant and breastfeeding are strictly prevented from using Botox, including those suffering from neurological disorders. Always consult with your doctor before considering Botox.
What is the minimum age to use Botox?
You must be at least 18 years of age to receive Botox.
What is the recommended age to start using Botox?
Most experts agree that late-20s to early-30s is the optimum age to start using Botox as part of a preventative regimen.
Can you resume a normal sleeping position after Botox?
Yes, but following the treatment avoid lying down for 4 hours.
Can you wear makeup after Botox?
Makeup can be applied to Botox treated skin, but firmly avoid makeup products that require massaging into the skin.
How long does it take to see the effects of Botox?
Initial results are visible after a few days, but optimum effects become evident after two weeks.