Should I get Botox? Your Questions Answered
What is Botox?
‘Botox’ is the name of the most commonly used neurotoxin used for anti-wrinkle injections.
It is a neurotoxin that is taken up by the nerve endings in muscles, and reduces the movement of muscles.
In the correct doses, it is used in aesthetics to reduce muscle movements in the face.
By doing this, it allows the skin to recover.
In our Manchester clinic, we commonly use ‘Botox’ and ‘Azzalure’, both of which have a long track record of safety. In fact ‘Botox’ is the drug with the most research information, after ‘Viagra’!
Does Botox hurt?
Botox, or neurotoxin, is injected in our Manchester clinic using small needles, the largest of which is the size of the needle used in an insulin syringe.
We use small ‘invisible needle’ syringes that reduce the pain of injection.
The amount of injections needed depends on the effect you are after.
Obviously everyone is different in their response, but in general it is relatively low down in terms of discomfort.
Will I have a frozen face with Botox?
Yes and no!
If you are after a ‘frozen’ look, the dose and position of the injections is tailored towards your facial muscles in order to reduce the amount of movement.
This can’t always result in all the wrinkles going, as years of using your muscles to frown can’t be undone in one sitting of treatment, but generally the earlier you start having treatment, the more effective the result and the longer it will be before lines start to show.
However, actors, GPs, and teachers for example do need to show expression as part of their work. In this case, we reduce the amount of toxin injected and the place of injection in order to allow some movement, but still reduce the lines caused by strong movement.
Will I need a top up as part of my treatment?
Here at in Bridgewater Aesthetics, we offer a 2 week review of the treatment. This may involve additional units of injection in order to balance out any asymmetry from the original treatment, but usually no further toxin is required.
Is there anything special I need to do after the Botox injection?
We advise using the muscles treated as much as possible – so get going with frowning, smiling or looking surprised for the next 12 hours! This enhances the uptake of the toxin.
In general, the muscle relaxing effect lasts around 3 months, but this varies amongst individuals and if you exercise or use the sauna a lot, this will speed up the metabolism of the toxin, reducing the duration of the effect.
What age should I start having Botox?
There is never any age you ‘should’ have botox injections, but to see the best effects it is better to start in your 30s or 40s rather than leaving it until your 60s. This is because it is the cumulative effect of contracting the muscles that leads to lines and wrinkles – the more chance the skin has to recover from the movement associated with these contractions, the less time there is to create a crease.
Botox can also be used in cases of diagnosed migraine, and for anti-sweating benefits, and in this case any age range can be treated.
Is Botox Safe?
There is a long track record of safety with botulinum toxin use for aesthetics.
There is always the risk of an allergic reaction, as there is with any medication or injection.
For this reason at our clinic we carry emergency medication including adrenaline, and procedures are carried out by medical doctors with years of clinical experience.
However, true anaphylactic reactions are rare.
More commonly you can have a headache after injection, usually mild and short lived.
There is a risk of bleeding/ bruising/ swelling and redness as with any injection, and there is a risk of the toxin being taken up by muscles that are not wanted causing for example a slight drop of the eyelid or brow. The risk of this is minimised by careful placement and dose of the injection, and the effects wear off as the treatment is temporary.
If you are interested in having antiwrinkle treatment, please arrange a consultation to discuss the treatment you would like and we can plan the best course of treatment for you.