What you Need to Know about Botox

Botox, or Botulinum toxin, injections relax the body’s muscles. It’s most commonly used on faces, in order to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. But you can get Botox in other places of the body – such as in your armpit to stop excessive sweating.

Botox isn’t permanent, the results usually last 3 or 4 months, so the treatment needs to be repeated in order to continue seeing results.

What to consider before getting Botox injections

First things first, you need to be 100% sure about why you want the injections – and make sure you’re open and honest with the doctor. This is the only way you’ll get the best results. You should make sure that the doctor who will be administering the treatment is qualified and experienced to a high level. Whatever you do, avoid practitioners who have no qualifications or have only completed a short course.

Botox injections can only be prescribed after a face-to-face consultation with a qualified practitioner. This is to make sure the quality of the injections meet a high standard, as well as ensuring the treatment is done by someone suitable. Your doctor may not be the one to do the injections, but they will make sure you’re looked after.

People who can’t have Botox

Botox injections generally aren’t recommended for those who;

  • Have a skin infection
  • Are unwell or medically unfit
  • Are taking certain medicines
  • Have neuromuscular conditions
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.

This is why it’s important to make sure the person you talk to about your Botox injections is highly qualified, as they’ll be able to offer you the best advice.

What does getting Botox involve?

During the treatment, your face will be cleaned and the botulinum toxin will be injected into your face using a very fine tipped needle. You usually have several injections, depending on the areas you want targeted. Your doctor will usually ask you to move different muscles in your face in order to find the best spots for the injections. The whole procedure takes about ten minutes.

After the treatment, be prepared to not see results straight away. It usually takes 2 or 3 days for the toxin to start working, and 2 or 3 weeks to start seeing the full effect. After the treatment you should avoid rubbing or massaging your face for 3 days. You should also avoid too much exercise, sunbeds and sunbathing, and the sauna for 2 days.

Botox injections will stop working or their effectiveness will be reduced after 3 or 4 months. If you want to have the treatment again, you should wait at least 3 months after this, as it can lose effectiveness if done too often.

Risks

As with any procedure, there is a small element of risk. But the chances of this happening are small, as long as you have the procedure done by someone qualified. Sometimes after treatment you may experience;

  • Headache and flu-like symptoms
  • Bruising, swelling, or redness around where the needles went in
  • You might not be able to move the muscles in your face too well
  • Temporary weakness and droopiness in the face

This is why it’s so important to make sure your treatment is done by a professional, and someone with plenty of experience.