Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments because it is increasingly affordable, the side effects and downtime are minimal and the results are excellent. Here’s what you need to know. 

What is Botox?

Most people don’t realise that Botox is actually a brand name – other popular brands include Vistabel, Bocouture, Xeoxin, Azzalure, and Dysport. Essentially, all these are a purified protein derived from botulinum toxin Type A which, through extensive research and testing, is a safe medical prescription product used in aesthetics. It’s a chemical toxin that is safely used in small quantities and injected directly into specific sites. 

What are the benefits of Botox?

Botox paralyses the communication between the nerves in the skin and the brain and is most commonly known for aesthetic procedures that reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The long-term use of Botox will result in:

  • Skin appearing brighter and less wrinkled. 
  • Facial muscles will be trained not to make wrinkle-forming expressions as aggressively. 

Botox can be used on various areas of the body and can also treat conditions that affect body functions, such as:

  • Cervical dystonia: Involuntary and painful contraction of neck muscles.
  • Lazy eye: an imbalance in the muscles responsible for positioning the eye.
  • Muscle contractures: neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy.
  • Hyperhidrosis: excessive sweating.
  • Chronic migraines
  • Bladder dysfunction: urinary incontinence.
  • Eye twitching

What happens when you stop Botox?

The effects of Botox treatment last around three to four months without any damage to the muscles. If you suspend the Botox treatments, the muscle-relaxing effects will diminish and muscles will become fully active again with lines gradually returning. 

When should you start with Botox?

The need for Botox treatments differs from person to person but legally Botox treatments can be administered to people over 18 years if there is a real need. Botox treatments can be used as a preventative treatment for the development lines. 

Will Botox make me look expressionless?

A common concern of Botox treatment is the ‘frozen’ appearance but this is only the result of an overdose of Botox. A qualified Botox professional will be able to administer the injections for a natural appearance. 

Advice for getting Botox treatments

1. Check doctor’s credentials

Always check that your doctor is an official vendor of whatever substance is being administered, whether it’s Botox or any other botulinum toxin. 

2. Have a consultation first

Although there is little risk if performed by an official medical professional, it is important that you have a consultation before any Botox treatment is performed. An experienced professional will evaluate your facial expressions and perform a thorough health assessment before administering Botox treatments.  You can also discuss whether you want Botox or dermal fillers. 

3. Be wary of big bargains

Prices for Botox treatments will undoubtedly vary, but you do need to question if the price for treatment seems unrealistically low. There is a risk that the Botox dosage is diluted When it comes to pricing for Botox treatments, doctors will usually base the fee on how many units are used rather than how many different zones are being injected. 

4. Relax after a Botox procedure

The Botox treatment will only take a matter of minutes, but it’s important to avoid certain activities such as applying makeup, exercising or washing your hair for several hours post-treatment. There might be some inflammation, swelling or bruising after the procedure although this will subside after a while. 

As with any cosmetic or medical procedure, there are known side effects related to Botox treatments, but these can be severely minimised when treatment is performed by a licenced and experienced professional.