If you’ve thought about incorporating anti-aging products into your skincare routine, then you’ve probably wondered when to start. As we age, our bodies start producing less collagen, so our skin becomes thinner, drier, which leads to the formation of wrinkles. If you’d rather deal with the effects of ageing sooner rather than later, you aren’t alone.
A 2021 survey revealed that millennials are starting to use anti-aging products at an average age of 26 while women in their mid-50’s started using such products at an average age of 47. For those who are looking for a quick fix to achieve younger looking skin that isn’t invasive, you have a number of options to choose from such as chemical peels, facial rejuvenation and microneedling. If you’re looking for a treatment that’s minimally invasive, then you might want to consider Botox.
We’ve asked Dr Ifeoma Ejikeme, Medical Consultant Skin Expert and Founder of Award-winning Adonia Medical Clinic, to tell us everything we need to know about the popular injectable and the things you need to know when deciding whether it’s right for you.
What is Botox?
Botox is the brand name for a type of botulinum toxin. In the context of aesthetic treatments, Botox is commonly used for cosmetic purposes to temporarily reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. It works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles, causing temporary muscle paralysis and smoothing out the overlying skin. Botox can also be used for medical concerns such as hyperhidrosis, chronic headaches and masseter treatment.
What are the benefits of Botox?
Minimises the appearance of facial wrinkles – Botox is used to minimise the appearance of facial wrinkles such as crows feet, frown lines and forehead lines. By relaxing the underlying muscles, it softens the wrinkles and gives the face a more youthful appearance.
Stops wrinkles from forming – Botox can also be used as a preventative measure to slow down the formation of new wrinkles. By reducing muscle movement in certain areas, it helps to prevent lines and creases from becoming deeply etched on the skin.
Doesn’t require surgery – Botox is a minimally invasive procedure that doesn’t require surgery, making it a popular choice for those who want to avoid more invasive cosmetic treatments.
Not time-consuming – Botox injections are typically quick to administer and require little to no downtime, allowing individuals to resume their normal activities soon after the treatment.
Can help with migraines – In addition to its cosmetic uses, Botox is also approved for treating chronic migraines and in some cases, providing relief for those who suffer from frequent migraines.
What are some of the things you should consider before having Botox?
Ensure that the treatment is performed by a trained and qualified medical professional with experience in administering Botox.
Disclose your complete medical history, including any allergies, medical conditions, medications, or previous cosmetic treatments you have had.
Have realistic expectations about the results of Botox.
Understand the potential side effects and risks associated with Botox and discuss them with your practitioner before proceeding with the treatment.
Consider the cost of Botox treatment and be aware that the effects are temporary, usually lasting for a few months, so you may need periodic treatments to maintain the results.
How much does Botox cost?
The price of Botox depends on several factors including the area being treated, the number of units required, the clinic’s location and the experience of the practitioner. At Adonia Medical Clinic, it starts at £220. We offer expert Botox treatments to address various cosmetic concerns. Options include Babybotox for natural results, smoothing lines, slimming and tightening the face, lifting targeted areas, and enhancing the appearance of the mouth and nose.
What should you keep in mind when looking for a clinic?
– Choose a clinic with a good reputation and positive reviews.
– Ensure that the practitioners are properly qualified and licensed to perform Botox injections. The clinic should adhere to strict hygiene and safety standards to reduce the risk of complications and infections.
– Always keep in mind that a reputable clinic will offer a consultation before the treatment to assess your suitability for Botox and discuss your goals and expectations.
– Ask to see before-and-after photos of previous Botox treatments performed at the clinic to get an idea of the results they can achieve.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Common side effects of Botox can include temporary redness, bruising, and swelling at the injection sites. These side effects are normal and usually subside within a few days. However, more serious side effects can occur, although they are exceptionally rare. These may include severe allergic reactions, muscle weakness, drooping eyelids, and difficulty swallowing or breathing.
How often should someone have Botox and what are some of the factors that need to be taken into consideration?
The frequency of Botox treatments varies depending on the individual and the area being treated. Typically, the effects of Botox last around three months. Therefore, individuals may consider repeating the treatment every three to six months to maintain the results. The recommended course of treatment will depend on the individual’s goals, skin condition, and response to Botox. Factors like age, skin type, muscle strength, and lifestyle habits can also influence the treatment plan. It is essential to have regular consultations with the practitioner to determine the most suitable treatment schedule for your specific needs.
What are some of the things you need to keep in mind if you want Botox?
Botox should only be administered in a medical setting by a qualified professional. Avoid purchasing DIY kits or attempting injections at home as this can lead to serious complications.
Provide your practitioner with a complete medical history, including any allergies or medical conditions you have to ensure a safe and effective treatment.
While Botox can deliver excellent results for certain cosmetic concerns, it may not be suitable for all types of wrinkles or skin issues. Discuss your goals with the practitioner to determine if Botox is the right option for you.
Always adhere to any aftercare instructions provided by your practitioner to minimise the risk of complications and ensure optimal results.