I want to get Botox – what should I consider first?
Botox is an incredibly popular, and usually very quick, procedure. Dr Ash Dutta, cosmetic surgeon at Aesthetic Beauty Centre, helped to popularise the ‘lunchtime Botox’ procedure. But what do you need to know/ask before getting it done? He explains all here.
What is Botox?
Botox® (Botulinum toxin) is a highly-purified protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that cause the wrinkles and lines and thus gives the patient a softer, smooth and more youthful appearance.
Although it has gained a reputation as something that people use to get rid of wrinkles, it is increasingly being used by younger people, in their 20s and early 30s, as a preventative measure.
Be aware of what Botox can actually achieve
We always want our clients to understand exactly what results they can expect from a procedure, and Botox is often one of the more misunderstood procedures.
While Botox can help to improve moderate to severe wrinkles, it is a muscle relaxant that stops wrinkles from appearing/developing. While it can improve the appearance of existing wrinkles by softening them, it is important to note that some signs of ageing may be better treated by dermal fillers, laser resurfacing or facelifts.
Botox is temporary
Wrinkles begin to improve in appearance within 2-3 days, with continued improvement over the next five days. It usually takes around two weeks to deactivate and completely relax the muscles that cause the wrinkles and lines.
Botox usually lasts for three to five months, after which the effect will gradually wear off. However, with regular treatments, (over 18-24 months) Botox will take longer to wear off, meaning the effects last longer.
Does it require any downtime?
One of the reasons for Botox’s popularity is that it requires little to no downtime. Botox is a relatively simple, minimally-invasive procedure that usually takes 10-20 minutes.
The only thing you should really bear in mind is that you should try to avoid massaging the treated area or doing any strenuous exercise for the rest of the day.
Make sure it is right for you
Even though Botox is a relatively inexpensive and non-invasive procedure, we still urge anybody considering it to think it through carefully. Do plenty of research and feel free to speak to us at any time if you have any doubts or questions.
More people get Botox than you might believe!
The idea of getting Botox is losing its social stigma – far fewer people see it as being a vain or gratuitous procedure now. We have people of a very wide age range and from many different walks of life coming through the doors of our clinics for Botox treatments now. We also get lots of men asking for Botox now, too.
In the meantime, to discuss any of the above or to have an informal chat about your options for any of our surgeries or treatments, you can contact us here.