Botox (Botulinum toxin) is a popular treatment for various conditions relating to ageing such as wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet. Celebrities and ordinary people alike, botox is now more accessible and is no longer a preserve for just the rich and famous.
Cosmetic treatments using Botox injections have also crossed the gender divide, with even more men having treatments. Notable male celebrities who have had Botox include Simon Cowel. Botox is no longer seen as a woman’s thing because like it or not, wrinkles affect men and women alike.
This article gives you some insight into the things you need to think of before booking a consultation for Botox injections.
Is Botox for You? Things to Think About Before Deciding
Are you considering having Botox injections? If you are then you need to think about why you need them. Although Botox is not permanent and only lasts for about 3 to 4 months, you should be clear whether a cosmetic procedure is right for you.
You can only get Botox with a prescription and so you need to make sure the person doing the injections is suitably qualified and experienced.
Only a medical practitioner, preferably someone with cosmetic procedure experience should give Botox injections. You need to make sure they are on a register which shows they have the right training, experience, skill, insurance and a good safety record.
Examples of registers you can use to find the right doctor for you are:
Check these registers before approaching a cosmetic clinic. This way you already know the doctors you are going to meet are suitably qualified.
Questions to Ask a Practitioner Before Botox Injections
You should avoid going to a practitioner who does not appear on any of the registers above, those who have just completed a short training course and do not have experience.
Here are some questions to ask a doctor or practitioner during your consultation:
Ask about their training and experience
The name of the product or products they use, if they are licensed and any potential side effects
What will happen if something goes wrong
The insurance cover they have to protect you
Practitioners can only prescribe Botox following a consultation in person. During this consultation they should be able to explain to you what the procedure involves, what product they are going to use and any associated risks.
It is the prescriber’s responsibility to ensure the person performing the injections (if they are not the same) have the right training, qualifications and experience.
Can anyone have Botox?
Like all other cosmetic procedures, you have to be over the age of 18 to have Botox. However, there are some circumstances where you cannot have Botox injections:
You have a skin infection
You’re feeling unwell in any way
Taking certain medication
When pregnant or breastfeeding
You suffer from a neuromuscular condition
Your practitioner or doctor will ask questions about your medical history and general well being to make sure it is safe for you to have Botox treatments.
What does a Botox cosmetic treatment involve?
After carefully cleansing your face, a doctor or aesthetics practitioner will use a very fine needle to inject Botulinum toxin into the muscles in your face.
This could be around the forehead, the cheeks, nose and eyes depending on the location of the wrinkles you want to eliminate. The doctor will ask you to move the muscles in your face to find the best place to make the injections.
The process usually takes less that half an hour and is often called a lunchtime treatment where you can quickly pop in and out during your lunch break.
When can I expect to see changes after my injections?
Your practitioner should send you home with some after-care instructions to make sure you’re comfortable after the procedure. Some of the things you should avoid doing is rubbing or massaging your face for at least 3 days after the injections. You should also stay out of the sun and away from the sauna.
Results are not instant as some practitioners will have you believe. Although the Botox starts working within a matter of days, you won’t see the full effect until 2 or 3 weeks later.
The effects of Botox will last anything between 3 months and 4 months. If you want to continue treatment you should wait another 3 months before the next injections. Because Botox is a toxin, your body may become immune and the Botox stops working.
What are the risks of Botox Injections?
If Botox treatment is carried out correctly by a qualified practitioner then the risks are very small. Your doctor should explain the risks to you before you proceed with treatment.
You may experience some of the following after your treatment:
Mild flu-like symptoms in the initial 24 hours
Minor bruising and redness around injection locations
Frozen-face may occur if too much botox is applied or is incorrectly injected
Weakness and droopiness in the face if the botox moves from intended areas to the wrong places
Some serious side effects like blurred vision may occur after treatment around the eyes while breathing difficulties after neck injections. These are quite uncommon but your doctor should level with you so you can make the right decision for yourself.
I have a problem with my injections. What should I do?
If the results of your treatment do not meet your expectations and you’re unhappy, the first person to talk to is your doctor.
.You should seek medical attention if you suffer serious side effects such as breathing difficulties. Hopefully this article has given you an insight into the questions you need to think about before having Botox injections. Are there alternative solutions to your problem? Are you speaking to a qualified and registered practitioner? If you still have any more questions or would like to know more about the procedures Vinci Aesthetics can offer, please visit the procedures pages