Widely used in the world of beauty and aesthetics since they were first deemed a safe method of treatment back in 2002, Botox injections are non-surgical procedures famed for their ability to diminish the unwelcome appearance of fine lines and wrinkles en route to creating a more youthful visage.
But how much do you really know about Botox, and is there anything you’ve always wanted to know about it but were too afraid to ask?
Since lockdown rules relaxed, we’ve received an increase in enquiries about this form of treatment, so we’ve taken the time to put a blog together to enlighten you all on the real ins and outs of Botox injections. Please find these frequently asked questions below!
What is Botox?
Botox is a substance composed of Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that originates from a natural bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. When used in small doses, it can be injected into areas of the face to reduce the visibility of wrinkles, fine lines and other impressions of age.
Owing to the health risks posed by improper injection, Botox treatments should only be carried out by trained and verified medical professionals, like our very own Dr Rasha Rakhshani!
How does it work?
Botox is typically administered in the form of an injection. During a Botox appointment, the muscles that sit below the surface of the target area of the face will be injected with this substance – this temporarily relaxes the muscles and causes them to contract. The result? Smoother-looking skin on which wrinkles and folds struggle to form.
In the wrong hands, this treatment can lead to a limitation of facial movement but at Dr Rasha Clinic, we ensure that only a small amount of Botox is used. This leads to a natural look and an improvement in the appearance of pre-existing lines and creases.
What, specifically, can Botox address?
Botox is capable of addressing several common problem areas in patients of all persuasions. Some people opt for Botox injections to deal with the first signs of ageing and the fine lines that will usually develop into more noticeable wrinkles, but that doesn’t mean that these anti-ageing injections aren’t effective in treating several deeper types of wrinkle. These include those found between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), around the mouth (smoker’s lines) and at the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet).
Botox can also be used to tackle many different health conditions such as Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), chronic migraines and teeth grinding.
Can Botox be used in partnership with anything else?
Yes! Botox can be used in conjunction with dermal fillers in order to help patients work towards an all-out skin rejuvenation. Often mistakenly believed to be the same, Botox and fillers differ slightly in their approach to treatment, with the latter of the two introducing a small amount of hyaluronic acid into the skin to add lost volume to the areas that need it and to plump out prominent wrinkles.
As part of a comprehensive treatment plan, these two injectables can work together to smooth, firm and lift ageing skin for a more effortless appearance. You can browse our wide range of dermal fillers by visiting our website.
Does Botox treatment hurt?
This is entirely dependent on your tolerance for pain. As Botox is administered with the help of a fine needle, patients can expect to experience some discomfort, although we can apply a topical anaesthetic to the treatment area to make this less painful if you so require.
Is Botox safe for me?
Botox is largely considered to be safe but could put certain people at risk of serious illness. This is because the neurotoxins that makeup Botox injections can be harmful in large quantities to people who are known to be allergic to their ingredients. Such risk extends to women who are pregnant, breastfeeding and people who suffer from gastrointestinal conditions.
Prior to treatment at Dr Rasha Clinic, we will always hold a consultation with you to explore your medical history and determine whether it is safe for you to undergo Botox treatment.
How long until I see results and how long will they last?
Most patients will see results anywhere between a few days and a week after treatment, with any change proving subtle yet effective. It’s common for the effects of Botox to fade after around 4 months, so you will need to book in for top-up treatments in order to maintain your refreshing new look!
How long is the recovery time?
Short of some mild pain, you should be able to continue with your life as normal following Botox treatment. It’s not uncommon for patients to encounter swelling, redness or bruising after receiving Botox but these side effects should subside after a few days. More extreme reactions, such as bleeding and infection are rare and become much less of a possibility if you book in for Botox at a properly regulated establishment such as Dr Rasha Clinic.
Book in today
To book in for your pre-Botox consultation at Dr Rasha Clinic or to ask any remaining questions you may have about this procedure, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02037 462 211 or 07511 107 511 today.