With new treatments and techniques in the aesthetic industry coming thick and fast, we sometimes forget to talk about the treatment that arguably kicked this all off- Botox.
As I’m sure many of you know by now, Botox is a brand name and the actual product used is called Botulinum Toxin. There are a range of brands who produce this toxin. Some of the well known ones are Botox, Bocouture, Azzalure and Xeomin.
How does Botulinum Toxin work?
Botox relaxes facial muscles resulting in a smoothing of the skin and softening the lines we create when we express ourselves. Worry lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles can all be dramatically reduced by injecting tiny amounts of Botox with a very fine needle.
How much will I need?
We don’t have a set amount for how much toxin we give to you. Each client is treated as an individual and everybody’s muscle strength varies, so we give you the amount that you will need to relax the muscles. Sometimes, you may need a top-up at your review (which is free-of-charge) to tweak the results.
Although everyone needs different amounts, men aren’t always as delicate as us women and tend to need a higher dosage to get the same results.
How long does it last?
Again, everybody is different and it will last longer on some people than it will on others. Generally you would expect around 3-4 months out of your treatment. The more often you have it, the less often you will need it as it takes the muscles longer to regain their memory and movement. Some returning clients can get up to 6 months out of their treatment.
The toxin is actually only in your system for around 8 weeks before the body filters it out. However, it takes another 4-8 weeks for your muscles to remember the movement and the effects to wear off.
Can I get it done as often as I like?
As with any medicine, if you have it too often or too frequently, your body will build up a resilience towards it. For this reason, we wouldn’t perform a toxin treatment within 12 weeks of a previous one. If you have it too often and your body builds up a resilience to it- it will no longer work and your wrinkly forehead is stuck there for good!
Can it be dissolved?
Whilst all the dermal fillers we use at Amanda Pierce Aesthetics can be dissolved, Botulinum Toxin can not be dissolved and you would need to wait for it to wear off. There are certain things you can do to speed up this process such as using an electric toothbrush (sounds silly- we know!) on the area which would help the muscles regain strength quicker.
What are the side effects?
Botox (in the quantities we use in aesthetics) is very safe. This is assuming you’re going to somebody who knows what they’re doing and not your local plumber (read our tips on how to choose the right clinic). When you hear and read horror stories involving aesthetics- they’re always in regards to dermal fillers and not Botox.
However, it is a medical treatment so of course there can be some side effects.
One side effect can be a heavy brow. This is where the forehead muscles have relaxed so much that it has caused the brow to become heavy and droop down. This is avoidable by making sure the right amount of Botox is used but should this happen, it can be tweaked in a review appointment.
One of the other side effects is what’s called a ptosis. This is when the Botox has either moved down or been incorrectly placed too close to the eyelid. This causes the eyelid to droop and we’ll be honest – it’s not a good look. However, this is a very rare side effect and in our 10 years of treatments we haven’t had this once. If a ptosis does occur, then eye drops can be prescribed to help the muscles recover more quickly.
Can anybody have Botox?
At Amanda Pierce Aesthetics, everyone has a full consultation before any treatment which includes a full medical history. Amanda will then go through this with you and if there are any contraindications or reasons why you would not be suitable for Botox (this is usually due to any medications you may be taking that would have an adverse reaction with the toxin) then Amanda would let you know at this point. If you have recently been ill and are under the care of a consultant, it may be advised by Amanda that you ask your consultants advice before going ahead with treatment.
How do I book a consultation?!
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