Botox – the secret to eternal youth
We all know that Peter Pan only exists in fairy tales, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep up the appearance of natural, well-rested, refreshed skin forever? Well, now you can thanks to a bout of Botox. This cosmetic treatment can assist you naturally in the ageing process, erasing noticeable lines from your skin and leaving you looking and feeling younger.
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Frequently asked questions
Botox gets its share of bad press, but this is mainly down to the conflicting information that circulates the media. Here to dispel any Botox myths and misnomers is Hollie, our new Aesthetic Nurse at Oakley Road Dental Practice.
From frozen faces to follow up treatments, she will separate the fact from the fiction and explain why Botox continues to be one of the most sorts after cosmetic treatments available to both men and women.
What is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin, that is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the facial muscles. It may sound ominous, but it is actually safe to administer in small doses and has been used in science and medicine for many years.
Originally developed to reduce muscle spasms, today it is used to treat excessive sweating, migraines, bladder and bowel disorders and of course for cosmetic reasons. Made from a protein called botulinum it has the ability to freeze and relax your muscles, providing you with instant relief from lines, wrinkles and crows’ feet.
Approved for aesthetic cosmetic procedures in 2002 by the FDA, Botox works just like a mute button. Once injected into the skin it prevents signals from flowing between the nerve and the muscle and stalling facial movements temporarily, leaving you with smoother, silkier more radiant skin.
How safe is Botox?
Over many years there has been extensive research and testing into the integrity and effectiveness of Botox treatments. And whilst the safety record for Botox is very robust, it is worth noting that all medical and cosmetic treatments carry an element of risk and should always be carried out by a trained professional.
Will my Botox look natural?
One of the main reasons why Botox is such a popular cosmetic choice is that the treatment is subtle. Whilst friends may pass comment that you look brighter, fresher and stress-free, the treatment itself should not radically alter your facial appearance or natural expressions.
In order to maintain the harmony of your muscles and movement of your skin, it is important that the precise amount of Botox is applied, lifting and accentuating the skin for a flatter, firmer look.
At Oakley Road Dental Practice, you can rest assured, knowing that we will recommend and advise you on the best areas for Botox application in order to soften the signs of ageing in the most natural and discreet way possible.
How long does it take to have Botox?
The method for administering Botox only takes around 10-15 minutes, which is why it has become such a popular lunchtime procedure. At Oakley Road Dental Practice, however, we do insist on an initial consultation where we take the time to discuss your medical history, desired outcomes and expectations.
Will Botox hurt?
Botox is injected into the skin using very fine needles so the process itself is relatively painless. Most people do experience a small pricking or pinching sensation and occasionally redness or bruising can occur afterwards. In general, however, we always receive positive feedback from our patients who say the procedure was far more straightforward and stress-free than they had ever imagined.
What areas can Botox address?
Botox is most commonly applied to the upper half of the face, with the forehead, fold between the eyes and crow’s feet being the most popular areas to treat and retain a youthful-looking complexion.
Botox can also be used to lift the corners of the mouth that sag over time, smooth out the dips in our chins and to soften smoker’s lines around the mouth.
It is important to remember that lines and wrinkles do not always age you and can, in fact, add character and warmth to your face. At Oakley Road Dental Practice, we will happily advise you of the areas in which we think Botox can complement and enhance your facial features.
When will I start to see the results of my Botox treatment?
Some patients profess to see results almost instantly post-treatment, but for most people, it will take between 5-14 days for the full effects of Botox to become visible. Therefore, if you are wanting Botox for a special occasion, we strongly advise having treatment a good 2-3 weeks in advance of the event.
How long will the results of my Botox last for?
The cosmetic effects of Botox can last for anything up to six months but typically range from between 3-4 months. After this time, the muscles start to regain motion and fine crinkles and wrinkles will begin to reappear gradually. But don’t panic, you won’t just wake up one day to a face full of lines!
What do I need to do after my Botox treatment?
What you do for 48 hours post your Botox treatment is really important in order to prolong the effects and look after your skin. Therefore, we always recommend that you:
- Avoid facials, massaging or rubbing the area treated as you do not want Botox moving to unintended muscles.
- Do not partake in any vigorous exercise.
- Try not to consume any alcohol as this will dehydrate your skin.
- Apply arnica cream if bruising starts to develop.
- Get in contact with us if you require any touch-ups or need any further advice.
What is the difference between Botox and Dermal Fillers?
Botox and dermal fillers are both cosmetic treatments given via small injections, however, that is where the similarity ends as they are used for entirely different outcomes.
Botox is a muscle relaxant, used to freeze and soften the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Dermal fillers, however, are used to build up an area that may require volume or has sagged, thinned or dropped over time.
At Oakley Road Dental Practice, we offer both types of cosmetic treatments and can advise and consult on the best procedure for your individual needs.
How much does Botox cost?
At Oakley Road Dental Practice, we offer Botox treatment from between £160-£300 depending on your exact requirements. Currently, our highly trained and newly appointed practitioner Hollie is offering a fabulous 25% off Botox and Dermal Fillers when you make an appointment before 12th April 2019.