We have all heard of Botox and with the treatments being performed by dentists as well as cosmetic surgeons, we all probably know someone who has undergone a type of Botox treatment.
However, we have all also seen this procedure gone wrong and can all recall at least one famous person who has gone overboard with it and now has a frozen facial expression. As nobody wants that, it is important to learn as much as you can about Botox.
If you want Botox in London, there are a few things you need to know about the procedure, the aftercare and the results.
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin, street name Botox, is a chemical that is now used to inhibit nerve functioning. In medicine, it is used to treat migraines, bladder disorders and cosmetically, it is used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
When injected under the skin, Botox temporarily paralyses the nerves and therefore, prevents the muscles from moving. If the muscles can’t move, they relax and the skin directly above them smooths, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
Costs will vary
Like most cosmetic procedures, the costs associated with Botox in London vary, depending on the dentist and the amount of treatment required.
Do your research and ensure that the person you choose has extensive experience performing Botox injections and has great customer reviews.
Bruising is normal
Many people feel slightly disconcerted when after the injections, they develop bruising. Do not worry; it does not mean the person who injected you made a mistake, it is an after effect of having injections in your face due to the increased blood vessels and should heal within a couple of days.
It can be uncomfortable
Some people report discomfort during the Botox procedure, others don’t.
Although, most dentists will offer you a local anesthetic if you wish to minimize any unpleasant feelings during the procedure, so don’t worry.
The effects are not immediate
Unlike other cosmetic work like dermal fillers, the effects of Botox very rarely occur straight away.
As it takes time for the nerves to reduce in their movement, many people do not report any noticeable effects until 3 days after the injections. Indeed, as time progresses after the procedure, you may find it harder to lift your eyebrows or the part of your face which was injected. This can last between 3 – 6 months depending on the facial area and the amount of Botox that was injected.
No exercise after the injections
Even though Botox injections seem minor in comparison to other procedures, it is advised that you do not undertake strenuous exercise for a day after the injections. This is because any strenuous exercise, or indeed aggressive facial rubbing, can cause the Botox to leak out of the muscles, causing the effects to wear off sooner.
If you feel that Botox is for you, do your research to find a competent dentist in your area.