Posted on August 26, 2022
Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment that reduces the appearance of facial wrinkles. However, with its popularity comes botched and scam treatments that will leave you with health issues. For this reason, you must only get a Botox injection from a licensed professional.
In this article, I will talk about why you should only work with a licensed professional for cosmetic injections. I will also talk about how Botox administered the right way goes.
Also known as botulinum toxin injections, the procedure involves the botulinum neurotoxin. The treatment is done via injections.
The needle goes into the muscle about half an inch deep—so you won’t have to worry about being stabbed with something sharp like you might with other types of injections.
This treatment can also help with an overactive bladder.
In general, Botox can be given obliquely or perpendicular to the injection site. However, due to the thinness of some parts like the eyelid skin, the substance must be injected at as flat an angle as possible. It must also point away from the eye in the orbicularis areas.
When injecting the lower orbicularis areas, stretching the skin also helps. This aids in the placement of the substance in the subcutaneous plane. Botox should also not be injected directly in the central upper eyelid to prevent ptosis and in the lower eyelid.
Botox is injected into a specific muscle. This relaxes the injected muscle and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. The botulinum toxin is injected into the skin with a needle.
It takes about 10 minutes to 15 minutes per area.
You should not have this treatment if you have unrealistic expectations or are breast feeding.
You should avoid drinking alcohol before the treatment. For instance, drinking wine, particularly red wine, will enhance your risk of bruising after the treatment.
I also recommend that you don’t take anti-inflammatory drugs for seven days prior to having injections.
Botox injections are a simple and painless procedure, with no downtime.
You can expect to be able to return to regular activities immediately after treatment and notice results within two to three days.
In fact, you’ll experience immediate improvement within 24 hours of treatment as long as you avoid massaging the target area.
Here’s what you should consider before getting botulinum toxin injections:
A proper consultation with a cosmetic doctor is crucial to Botox’s success.
During our consultation, I will review your medical history and assess your face. I will then discuss if Botox is the right treatment for you. If it is and you agree to all terms, you can set an appointment for your treatment.
Botox is priced per unit or treatment area.
Cost depends on Botox quality, the doctor’s fee, and where the practice is located.
The procedure can be done with other treatments like chemical peels.
Just like any cosmetic treatment, Botox has risks.
Normal side effects include swelling and mild headaches. Worse ones include adverse reactions, drooping eyelids, and facial asymmetry. When injected properly, it can also affect nearby muscles responsible for facial expressions.
The injected neurotoxin must settle. That means you should avoid touching your face, flying, and exercising. These activities could spread Botox and diminish its effects.
So you must consider the fact that you have to halt doing certain activities if you want to get Botox.
Aside from its cosmetic effects, Botox can also be used as muscle relaxants for the target muscles, facial muscles, and sometimes, adjacent muscles.
Interestingly, Botox injections can help treat cervical dystonia, chronic migraine, urinary incontinence, neuromuscular disorders, and cerebral palsy, according to clinical trials. While not heavily studied, Botox might also help people with myasthenia gravis.
It’s always a good idea to keep your doctor’s number at hand, but you should also know who to call if you’re experiencing anything unusual or not as expected. Your doctor can advise you on what to do and help you get through the situation safely.
Botox is a prescription drug and, as such, cannot be legally administered by anyone other than a licensed medical professional. Administering Botox into your own skin is not only illegal but also dangerous.
Botox or clostridium botulinum must only be applied by a licensed Botox specialist. Here’s how to choose the right specialist:
To get started, compile a list of prospective medical professionals. There is a possibility that members of your family, friends, or even your existing healthcare providers can refer Botox specialists to you.
Check the doctor’s credentials and experience. Find a board-certified doctor who regularly administers Botox injections. More Botox experience means better outcomes.
You must also confirm the doctor’s good standing with state and federal agencies and lack of malpractice claims or disciplinary measures.
Botox inhibits muscle contraction to help with cosmetic issues and some neurological conditions.
As you limit your list of providers, phone to schedule a consultation. You can book a consultation with me, Dr. Julian De Silva here.
Then, address the following questions:
Cosmetic procedures like Botox are often not covered by insurance companies. Hence, you should discuss the charges with your doctor. Some clinics will collaborate with you to create a payment strategy that suits your requirements. This is significant because it takes three to four months for Botox’s effects to subside. To keep the effects, you must have more injections.
Remember that just as important as the price is your safety and contentment with the outcomes. Don’t always choose the doctor who charges the least. The competence and experience of the doctor must still be taken into account.
Make sure the facility you chose gives a follow-up service following the procedure If you’re getting Botox for the first time, make sure the doctor is available to answer questions after the procedure.
Do you want to get rid of your frown lines and forehead lines through Botox? For only a few minutes, wrinkles caused by ageing, glabellar lines, and crow’s feet lines could be gone through Botox treatments at my Harley Street clinic.