Treating Lines and Wrinkles with Botox Injections
Botox is not just associated with the rich and famous any longer. Botox is a very effective non-surgical cosmetic treatment which erases lines and wrinkles and is becoming an integral part of everyday life and is essential to looking good for one’s age. Botox treatments are becoming very prevalent and have now become as acceptable as having your hair styled, legs waxed, having a facial or microdermabrasion treatment. Botox will become more readily available in the future because this treatment is so effective and is easy and quick to perform in skilled hands. As practitioners we are learning more and more about this fantastic treatment with time. We are treating more areas of the face more effectively.
Facts about Botox Treatments
Here are a few interesting facts for anyone considering having a botox treatment.
Botox FACT Number 1
Trends in botox treatments are changing all the time. Initially when this toxin was released to market, everyone wanted “frozen expressionless faces”. The look of the “90’s “was more was better”. The trend for Botox treatments has gone full circle with many devotees wanting to look better without “looking botoxed”. This can now be achieved by using lower doses and repeating treatments more frequently.
Botox FACT Number 2
In the UK botox treatments may be offered by unqualified people like nurses and beauticians. Dr Hillary Jones, on Good Morning Britain, advised viewers to research their doctor and ensure that they have adequate training to provide this treatment.
Fortunately in Ireland, Botox treatments can only be offered by either doctors or dentists. Even though these treatments are easy to perform, knowledge of facial anatomy is vital to a successful treatment. In addition if a complication does occur you need to attend a medical professional who can deal with this.
Beware of “botox parties” as you are often not receiving a proper assessment in this setting and may feel pressurised into treatments. Some injectors attend a one-day Botox training course and promote themselves as experts. It is my professional opinion that after eight years experience and multiple training courses that one is always learning new techniques. Ask about the qualifications and level of experience of the person who will be administering your treatment.
Botox FACT Number 3
Did you know that botox can treat most of your facial muscles to improve your appearance?
Many people are aware that botox treatments can treat forehead lines, crow’s feet, frown lines. However many patients attending my clinic are not aware of the benefits of botox injections in the lower face. The Nefertiti neck lift allows us to tighten jowls and create a more angular jawline. Patient selection is key to success with this treatment. It is possible to soften smoker’s lip lines, raise the corners of the lips, minimise chin dimpling, narrow the face with masseter injections, lower the lip in the gummy smile, elevate the tip of the nose, and even improve the appearance of the “turkey” neck. It is even possible to lift the eyebrows to make you look more refreshed and youthful.
Botox FACT Number 4
Botox injections are even beneficial in the treatment of medical conditions such as excessive sweating and migraines. Botox was approved as a treatment for chronic migraines by the NICE in 2010. The NHS is now considering offering this as a treatment option.
FACT Number 5
Cheaper treatments are not always the most cost effective. As with all things in life you get what you pay for. Slightly more expensive treatments means that you are paying for the level of skill and experience of your doctor. Also treatments in some clinics may be cheaper because less product is injected which will ultimately mean that your treatment will not last as long.
There are newer cheaper toxins coming to market which have not been subjected to the same levels of clinical studies as some of ” the tried and tested brands”. Believe me I have tried them and not all products are equal. I know there is a recession, but it is false economy to pay less when your treatment does not last as long.