Why is Botox used for cosmetic procedures?
It is very effective for wrinkles that appear when smiling, laughing, raising the eyebrows and for crow’’s feet around the eyes. These wrinkles are called “dynamic” and tend to be much less noticeable when your face is completely relaxed. It also works well for bands in the neck.
The ideal age for the botox procedure (aka Cosmetic Injectables) is between the age of 25 and 65. In many cases, wrinkles in people over 65 are permanent and do not change when relaxing the face. Every person is different and should undergo a medical consultation to determine the most effective treatment plan.
How is BOTOX Administered?
A very small amount of BOTOX is injected into each or the target areas using a hyperdermic needle. Because the needle is fine, only a small amount of Botox is injected the associated discomfort is usually minimal. Most patients compare the sensation to light prick. No sedation or local anaesthetic is necessary and you can resume normal activities immediately afterwards.
Are Botox injections painful?
The injections are very small and done with a tiny needle that usually does not cause discomfort. The pressure sensation associated with the injection goes away very quickly and patients can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure.
Will it hurt?
BOTOX and Fillers are injected into your skin in tiny amounts with ultra fine needles. Most people do not find the procedure uncomfortable. It is relatively painless and fast. There may be minimal discomfort and swelling.
Will I experience any side effects?
Although extremely rare, a patient may experience localised pain, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, and / or bleeding / bruising.
When will I notice the difference and how long will it last?
The treatment takes three to eight days to take full effect which sometimes can be hastened by exercising the facial muscles. The results usually last from 3 to 5 months. Often, repeated treatments can lead to longer results.
Will one treatment be enough?
One treatment will provide you with a more youthful and relaxed appearance. For longer lasting results, it is recommended that an average of three Botox treatments will show a remarkable long lasting improvement. Regular touch-ups every four to six months are recommended.
What happens as treatment begins to wear off?
As the BOTOX wears off the wrinkles will begin to reappear but often they are not as deep or noticeable. To maintain the smooth, youthful appearance year round, it requires three to four injections. With repeat treatments, the effects tend to last longer thus requiring fewer injections.
Will my facial expressions continue to look natural?
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX will not radically change your facial appearance. The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is simply reduced, so you can still frown or look surprised without the wrinkles and creases between your brows.
What can I expect during my Botox appointment?
Your doctor must first determine where to administer the injections and how much BOTOX to use by examining your ability to move certain muscles in your face or neck. The location, size, and use of the muscles that create lines or wrinkles vary among individuals. You will then receive your quotation and all of your questions will be answered.
Tiny injections of BOTOX will be administered directly into the targeted muscles that cause the moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. Discomfort is rare, if any, and is minimal and brief without downtime. You may see a marked improvement in the moderate to severe frown lines within days. Improvement may continue for up to two weeks, and can last up to 4 to 6 months, or longer with repeated treatments over time.
What’s the difference between BOTOX and Fillers such as Restylane, Perlane, or Juvederm?
BOTOX targets and relaxes your facial muscles to keep them from creating wrinkles. Fillers smooth and fill in existing wrinkles, restoring skin fullness and volume. Think of BOTOX as both a corrective and preventive measure against future facial lines and Filler as a way to deal with existing lines – restoring the volume that has been lost.
What will happen to the frown lines between my brows if I choose not to continue treatments?
If you do not continue treatments, the moderate to severe frown lines between your brows will gradually with time look like they did before your Botox treatment.