If you have been feeling a bit haggard and old of late – fear not! Smoothing out wrinkles, crow’s feet and laughter lines is all the rage these days and you won’t even have to have surgery.
Non-surgical procedures such as Botox® are incredibly popular with celebs and can help rejuvenate your appearance. However, before you check into your nearest clinic it is important to do your research, so here are ten important things you need to know:
1. What is Botox?
Botox is a protein derived from Botulism Toxin that is injected into the skin to help get rid of unsightly lines and wrinkles. Small doses stop nerve signals from reaching your muscles and this helps them to relax.
2. When does Botox start working?
Following a bout of Botox you will start to see the results between three and ten days. Your skin will appear fresh and rejuvenated and you should notice a significant different in the way you look.
3. How long does Botox last?
Treated muscles will usually spring back into life between three and five months, meaning that your old frown lines will reappear. There is no need to panic, however, as a simple repeat procedure is all that is needed to maintain your new appearance.
4. What is a Botox party?
Botox has become so popular of late, that many people are now hosting their own Botox party where friends can get the same anti-wrinkle treatment at once.
5. Will Botox hurt?
Everyone is different, however, Botox should not be too uncomfortable. A really fine needle will be used to inject the problem areas and many patients report absolutely no pain at all.
6. Is a recovery period needed?
Because Botox is a non-surgical procedure, a recovery period is not needed. While you may feel a little tender afterwards, you should not need to take any time off work to rest.
7. How does Botox differ from a facelift?
Unlike a facelift you won’t have to go under the knife to achieve the desired results. You won’t need to be put to sleep and you will not have to wear bandages.
8. Should I just have microdermabrasion?
Many clinics offer microdermabrasion and it is certainly an effective exfoliation technique. While it will leave your skin feeling rejuvenated and refreshed, Botox is more targeted at getting rid of unwanted lines.
9. Is treatment effective for both men and women?
Absolutely! Botox is popular with both men and women and is effective for each gender.
10. What are the side effects?
A tiny pink mark or small bruise may appear at the injection site, however, this is only temporary. It is said that avoiding Ibuprofen or Aspirin a week before the treatment will help unwanted side effects.
Botox is a great way to feel young once again, but please think carefully before booking yourself in for a procedure.