Are your frown lines getting you down? If so, you are far from alone. Although it isn’t possible to stop the ageing process, it is possible to keep the tell-tale signs at bay for longer with injectable treatments designed to keep the skin looking plump, smooth and youthful for as long as possible.
Botox is the most popular anti-ageing treatment worldwide as it is non-surgical, non-invasive and can deliver immediate, lasting results. If you are considering booking a consultation to discuss your anti-ageing treatment options, here is a brief overview of Botox and what you can expect from treatment.
What is Botox?
Botox has a variety of medical and cosmetic applications, and millions of people globally have experienced its beneficial effects. Botulinum toxin is an injectable treatment that can be used to relax facial muscles responsible for causing fine lines, creases and wrinkles such as frown lines and crow’s feet.
When Botox is administered by an experienced aesthetic practitioner, it is a very safe treatment that can deliver immediately visible results. In comparison to many cosmetic treatments, recovery time following Botox is short, with many patients seeing all side effects ease within 48 hours.
Is Botox Suitable for Me?
Botox is popular amongst both women and men who are hoping to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the neck and face. It can also be used to treat lazy eyes, uncontrolled blinking and severe brow furrows.
How Does Botox Work?
When injected into carefully targeted areas on the face, Botox effectively blocks nerve impulses and relaxes facial muscles. These muscles will be temporarily prevented from contracting, so the appearance of creases, fine lines and wrinkles will be improved.
Botox treatment is not a permanent solution, and many patients will opt to undergo further treatments to maintain their results. Botox has the ability to reduce the severity of newer lines and wrinkles, so it can also be used as a preventative treatment to delay the signs of ageing.
What Can I Expect from my Anti-Ageing Treatment?
During your initial consultation, your aesthetic practitioner will discuss your personal skin concerns and recommend treatments that will help you achieve your desired outcomes. If you decide to proceed with an injectable anti-ageing treatment, your practitioner will use an ultra-fine needle to inject small amounts of Botox into targeted areas of your face. Botox is a relatively painless cosmetic treatment, but because your comfort is important, many practitioners will offer pain relief and/or topical anaesthetic. The procedure will only take a few minutes, after which you will be provided with after-care advice that can help to mitigate side effects.
Any tenderness, pain or swelling around the injection site is usually mild and will ease within 48 hours. Usually the Botox treatment lasts for 3-4 months and in certain cases it lasts longer 4-6 months. Different types of botulinum toxin products come with different uses which not only treat cosmetic issues but eye problems, muscle spasms, overactive bladder, migraines etc.