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Botox FAQs

Botox FAQs
22 Nov 2023

Botox FAQs

Aspire Clinic answers your frequently asked questions about the wrinkle-smoothing treatment, Botox.

How does Botox work?

Botox (also known as Botulinum Toxin) is a purified protein that, when injected into a muscle, blocks nerve impulses. This means that the muscle is relaxed and unable to contract temporarily, preventing wrinkles from forming and giving the skin a smooth, youthful appearance.

How long does Botox usually last for?

The results of Botox typically last between 3-4 months. Most people require a top-up treatment as the wrinkles reappear but, in some treated areas, wrinkles may return less severe after repeated treatments.

What areas of the face can you get Botox in?

Botox can be used to improve the appearance of several areas of the face, effectively treating forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet, droopy jowls, gummy smile, dimpled chin, lipstick lines, downturned mouth, and necklines and bands (through Nefertiti Lift).

Is Botox suitable for all ages?

Whilst Botox is suitable for all genders, it should not be given to anyone under the age of 18. This treatment can be administered to any adult to reduce the appearance of wrinkles as well as prevent them from forming.

How do you know when Botox is starting to wear off?

A few months after the treatment, new nerve endings develop that are not affected by Botox, and when these attach to the muscles, they contract, causing wrinkles to slowly reappear. To ensure continued results, we recommend maintenance treatments at intervals of no less than 3 months.

What is the process of getting Botox?

A qualified nurse will take a full medical history and reconfirm consent for the treatment to ensure patient safety before proceeding. The nurse will inject Botox into the targeted muscles in the face using a very fine needle. It usually takes about 20 minutes.

Is Botox painful to get?

Since a fine needle is used, a Botox treatment is relatively painless and can be tolerated without anaesthesia. However, if a patient is nervous about needles, a local anaesthetic cream can be applied before the treatment.

Are there side effects to Botox?

Immediately after the treatment, there may be some slight redness and swelling at the injection site, which usually subsides within 48 hours. Bruising is also possible – some medications can increase the risk of this, so patients may be advised to stop taking these before the treatment.

How soon will I see results from Botox?

The results of a Botox treatment are not immediate, but should be visible in about 2-3 days, and the full effect can be seen within 2 weeks.

How should I prepare for my Botox treatment?

It is important to speak to the practitioner beforehand about any medicines or dietary supplements you are taking to ensure these will not interfere with the treatment or increase the risk of bruising. Avoid exposure to the sun (as sunburnt skin is difficult to treat), remove makeup, and do not drink alcohol for 24 hours prior to your treatment.

If you still have questions about Botox, please get in touch with the Aspire Clinic team to book your free consultation.

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