It’s normal to have concerns and questions about the Botox treatment and results. A detailed consultation with a qualified and experienced cosmetic doctor will help to alleviate these concerns, enabling you to make an informed decision.
Below are 5 of the most common worries about wrinkle relaxing injections and information that will help to ease your worries.
1. Where on my face can I have Botox?
This will depend on the areas you are concerned with and which areas your practitioner may recommend. For example, it’s not recommended to inject the forehead without injecting the frown lines (the vertical lines in between the brows), as there is risk of brow droop.
The most common Botox injection sites are:
- Crow’s feet – these are the lines that appear around the outer eye and are most prominent when smiling. They are also known as ‘laughter lines’.
- Glabellar lines – these lines appear between the eyebrows and are also known as ‘frown lines’. As the name suggests, they become more prominent when frowning.
- Forehead lines – these horizontal lines appear most prominently on the forehead when you raise your eyebrows.
- Bunny lines – these fine lines appear at the inner corner of the eyes and is most prominent when the nose is wrinkled up when laughing.
- Neck – known as the Nefertiti Lift, Botox is injected along the jawline and neck to define this area, which is prone to wrinkles and sagging with age. Nefertiti was an Egyptian queen noted for her smooth neck and defined jawline.
- Downturned mouth – a downturned mouth can be treated with Botox or dermal fillers.
- Pebbly chin – also known as ‘orange peel chin’, a pebbly chin is caused by a hyperactive muscle underneath or from pulling facial expressions such as puckering up the lips.
It’s important to note that Botox treatment in the lower face in particular should only be done by a highly experienced and qualified professional. Errors here can lead to issues such as a lopsided smile, problems with speech and chewing, or the inability to fully open your mouth.
Stop the worry:
- A detailed consultation with your practitioner will ensure that they are fully aware of the areas you want to treat and the results you expect. You can find out more about what to expect during a Botox consultation here.
- Your practitioner may offer suggestions or alternatives to help you achieve the results you want.
Choosing an experienced and qualified practitioner will ensure that you will receive the best results possible, wherever you choose to have Botox injected
2. Is Botox safe?
Botox is generally considered safe. Much of the concern around its safety comes from the level of experience and qualifications of the person administering it. Botox is a prescription medicine so it should be administered by an experienced cosmetic doctor or nurse after an in-depth consultation.
Luckily in the UK, you need a prescription from a medical professional to buy wrinkle relaxing treatment drugs. However, online pharmacies outside the UK can sell them to the general public. This means anyone can potentially access and administer it, leaving patients who haven’t done their research at risk from unqualified practitioners.
The risk of unwanted results increase when an inexperienced and unqualified individual administers it.
Stop the worry:
- Choose an experienced cosmetic doctor or nurse who specialises in administering Botox. If you’re unsure of how to find an experienced practitioner, read our guide here.
- Ensure you have an in-depth consultation with your chosen practitioner. Make sure you only agree to the treatment when you are 100% happy with the information on the treatment and your expectations.
- Choose a practitioner that offers a follow up appointment as part of your treatment. The effects of Botox take around 18 days to develop; a follow-up appointment around this time will ensure your practitioner can review the results and administer any top-ups if required.
3. What are the side effects of Botox?
Like any medical procedure, Botox has side effects. For this treatment, there are three categories of the side effects:
- Reaction to the needle when injected into the skin
- Allergic reaction to the substance
- Unwanted results caused by poorly administered treatment
- Common reactions to the needle are generally very mild and occur at the site of injection.
They can include:
- Mild bruising
- Light bleeding
- Serious side effects from having Botox occur when a patient has an allergic reaction to the substance.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Breathing problems
- Swallowing problems
- Facial swelling
- Rashes and itchiness anywhere on the body
- Vision problems
- Dry mouth
- Sensation of pins and needles
If you experience any of the above, let your practitioner know immediately.
Unwanted results of a poorly administered treatment
Although not technically side effects, when Botox is not administered correctly it can cause a range of unwanted results, including:
- A frozen expression
- Drooping eye lids or eyebrows
- Raised or over-arched eyebrows
- A droopy or lopsided smile
Stop the worry:
- The best way to minimise serious side effects from an allergic reaction is to choose a practitioner who requests a full medical history from you, including any existing allergies or potential contraindications. Only have the procedure in a medical setting with a medical professional, so if you do have any strong side effects to the treatment, they will be able to deal with it quickly and safely.
- Choose a clinic which offers full aftercare advice, including a follow up appointment to review the results and discuss any side-effects. At health + aesthetics, we give detailed aftercare advice to help minimise side effects and gain the best results from your treatment. You can find out more by reading our frequently asked questions on Botox treatment here.
Choosing an experienced and qualified practitioner who specialises in Botox treatment will greatly reduce the risk of unwanted results from poorly administered Botox.
4. How much does Botox cost?
Botox costs vary from clinic to clinic and the price you pay will reflect the treatment you receive. Cheap Botox will be ‘too good to be true’ so avoid special offers and discount prices. Especially when companies not operating in a medical setting, such as hair salons or nail bars advertise it. There are different types of wrinkle relaxing treatments, and premium products such as Botox will cost more than less-effective brands.
Bear in mind that Botox is temporary and requires regular treatments every few months to maintain the results, so it can be a long-term investment.
At health + aesthetics Botox treatment prices start from £185.
Stop the worry:
- Find out upfront how much the treatment will cost and what we include in the price. Some clinics include follow-up appointments with top-up treatments included in the price, for example.
- Avoid special offers and companies offering ‘cheap Botox’.
5. How long does Botox take to work?
Botox works gradually, with the full results taking effect around 18 days after the treatment. You will start to see initial changes after a 3-4 days however. The results aren’t instant as it takes time for the muscles to respond to the chemical.
Stop the worry:
- Should you plan to have Botox for a special event then make sure you leave enough time for the results to reach their optimum level.
- If you’re concerned about whether your treatment will have the desired effect then book your treatment with a practitioner that offers a follow-up appointment to review the results and give further top-up treatments if required.
Should you have further concerns about having Botox in Surrey then our friendly team will be more than happy to answer any questions. Just get in touch on 01252 933133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org