When Botox first entered the mainstream, it had something of a mixed reputation. We’ve all seen those paparazzi pictures of once beautiful film stars and models looking naturally smooth and altogether slightly alarming. Such images have led to many women (and men) being reluctant to consider Botox themselves, because they are afraid of looking fake, and of it being obvious they’ve had Botox. As with so much in the beauty and cosmetic surgery industry, the problem is not with the actual product itself – in this case Botox – but with the way it’s been administered. If you do your research and work with a provider you trust, it’s possible to achieve natural, beautiful results from Botox.
It’s worth bearing in mind that many of the celebrities we think of as ageing well and still looking natural might well have had Botox – we just can’t tell.
Most common Botox treatments
While Botox is used all over the body for cosmetic and medical procedures, it is most commonly known these days as a treatment to minimise the appearance of lines on the face, or eliminate them altogether. Some of the most common areas for Botox injections include frown lines between the eyebrows, crow’s feet and other lines around the eyes, forehead lines, lines around the nose and neck lines.
Most of us will have some of these lines, but their severity will vary hugely from person to person. Botox is not generally recommended for use in the lines around the mouth as it can make it very difficult to talk and eat naturally. Botox is suitable for all skin tones as it is injected into the skin.
How to ensure a natural finish
Firstly, find a doctor or provider you trust. Ask around for recommendations, and research trusted online review sites for before and after pictures of clients. If, for example, you’re looking for Botox in West London, you should be able to find a number of reputable clinics and service providers to choose from. Secondly, it’s important to tell your provider exactly what you do and don’t want from your Botox. It’s always a good idea to start off with less Botox than you actually think you need, as you can always have more injected in future. It’s best to start small and then add later on if you feel you need it. Explain to your doctor you want to start with a small amount of Botox and ask what the minimum he or she recommends is. Ask to see photographs of patients and clients your provider has previously treated.
Don’t overdo it
If your main area of concern is those faint lines between your eyebrows (that become furrows when you frown), focus on that for now. Don’t go in to an appointment with a long list of problem areas, expecting to come out a completely new person. You might find that just targeting one or two of your more noticeable lines or wrinkles has an incredibly transformative effect, so start with the area of most concern and see how you feel after that’s been treated.