Botox Treatments – All Your Questions Answered
FIRST OFF — IS BOTOX GOING TO MAKE ME LOOK FROZEN AND EXPRESSIONLESS?
For Natural Results. Botox is an amazing intervention for mechanical aging — some areas of face which are over-expressive can lead to early wrinkles e.g. forehead frown and horizontal lines, smile lines radiating from the corners of your eyes (also called the crow’s feet) . With the help of micro doses of botox your aesthetic practitioner can bring harmony and youth back to your face. In the right hands, Botox can leave you looking like a more relaxed, more youthful version of yourself.
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The very word — Botox has been synonymous with scary stories of giving a frozen unnatural look as it’s a neurotoxin that paralyzes muscles, but in the last few years botox has proven its self to be the perfect anti-aging friend, fighting the good fight against the age-related wrinkles and fine lines.
BOTOX TREATMENT IN A NUT SHELL
It’s as simple — your aesthetic practitioner will examine you and ask you to animate your face — frown, look up, smile, scrunch your nose, make a sad face, whistle, grind your teeth etc. After a thorough assessment of the musculature of your face your aesthetics practitioner will discuss with you what the crucial areas are that will make you age faster. Your physician will also ask you which areas bother you the most and then draw a customized treatment plan for you.
Once the treatment plan is decided, a authorised prescriber will ask you some questions re your health and well-being, then a private prescription will be completed and the botox will be prescribed.
Prior to the treatment the skin is cleaned and a numbing cream with 2% lidocaine may be applied (most clients do not require the numbing cream), on the areas to be injected. A micro 30 or 32G needle (insulin syringe) is used to deliver the correct dosage in the hyperactive muscles. The total procedure takes anywhere between 20-40 minutes from start to finish.
IS THE BOTOX TREATMENT PAINFUL?
After the numbing cream most people tolerate the micro needle pricks quite well. Botox when injected into the muscles causes slight burning and pressure sensation; most people refer to it as uncomfortable but not very painful.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS?
In expert hands most side effects with botox are minor. Post procedure, the injection sites look like tiny mosquito bites which resolve naturally in less than 20-30 minutes. As with any injectable there is a slight chance of bruising, which if happens can last 4-5 days. To minimize bruising avoid blood thinners, like aspirin, ibuprofen, Vitamin E, fish oil supplements, green tea, ginger etc. before any treatment with needles.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER YOUR BOTOX TREATMENT?
Botox generally takes three to seven days to take full effect. Your aesthetics practitioner should see you after around two weeks post injection for a follow up, if any retouches are required your aesthetics practitioner will take care of it.
These days, natural results are preferred, if too much Botox is injected it can lead to a frozen expression, giving off a plastic look. So make sure you talk to your physician about a natural outcome while discussing the treatment.
After an artistically fine-tuned treatment results should be — ‘has she or hasn’t she’ got any work done? — No one should be able to tell.
HOW LONG DOES ONE TREATMENT LAST?
Botox protein sits between your nerve end plates and muscles for 3-5 months, some people metabolize it fast and start to see muscle movement return in 3 months while some people are slow metabolizers they keep the action until 5 months. Though the general observation is that in people who have this procedure done regularly it usually tends to last longer.
WHAT’S AUTOIMMUNE RESISTANCE TO BOTOX? —
It is possible to develop a resistance to Botox, but this is extremely uncommon (1:10,000). What happens is that your body forms an antibody response to the Botox protein rendering it ineffective.
Other reasons for failure of botox treatment can be related to injection technique or inadequate number of units. If Botox is not stored properly, freshly opened or mixed properly the fragile protein can lose its action. The dilution technique is not relevant, but the total number of units injected is the key to get the right results. If you do have resistance, there are other forms of Botulinum toxin that can be used.
HOW EXPENSIVE IS A BOTOX TREATMENT?
Botox is a custom designed procedure – one size does not fit all. Every person has a different musculature and the same number of units does not work for everyone. The dosage is decided according to the strength of the individual muscles e.g. some people need more for the frown lines and some need less, so the price always varies accordingly.
If you would like to know any more or would like a free no obligation consultation, please contact me on 07504703908. Diane.