Information about Botox from an Aesthetics Doctor!

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Anti-wrinkle injections, commonly called ‘Botox’, work by relaxing facial muscles so that existing lines are softened, and new lines are prevented, resulting in a more youthful appearance. They can be used in several areas of the face; the most commonly treated areas are frown lines, forehead, and crows’s feet lines around the eyes. Very fine needles are used so minimal discomfort is caused. Maximal effects are seen at 2 weeks with results lasting on average 3-4 months. Many studies and over 40 years of use, have shown that anti-wrinkle injections are safe and effective if used by highly trained, experienced practitioners.

What You'll Need

  • A well-qualified, highly experienced, safe practitioner using premium products.

What You'll Do

  • Understand how it works. Botulinum Toxin A (‘Botox’) works by temporarily blocking signals between facial nerves and muscles, relaxing and preventing muscle contractions which create fine lines and wrinkles. The effects last on average three to four months, but the more consecutive treatments that you have, the better the results will be, and the longer the effect will last.
  • Know the limitations. The aim of anti-wrinkle treatment is to significantly reduce lines that appear with movement (dynamic lines). Lines seen at rest (static lines) will still remain. Results can vary depending on the quality of your skin, product placement, amount administered and may require a course of treatment over time.
  • 3. Understand the procedure. Injections are placed just under the skin which might cause some slight, temporary stinging. Small raised red bumps are common immediately after injection but subside after 20-30 minutes. Occasionally bruising is seen for a few days afterwards, but is easily covered with makeup. Avoid alcohol, exercise, makeup, facials and massages afterwards to promote the desired effect.
  • 4. Chose the right doctor. Aesthetic medicine is, as yet, and unregulated sector and only a one day course is all that is needed to gain accreditation in ‘Botox’. Choose someone medically qualified with advanced training, who understands facial anatomy in detail and can manage complications if they arise. Make sure your doctor is highly experienced with stunning results for their clients.
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