Botox is the most popular anti-wrinkle treatment in the world, and quite possibly the most popular cosmetic treatment in general. It is an incredibly effective means of smoothing out wrinkles and achieving a more youthful appearance; with that said, Botox isn't right for everyone, and in this blog post, we will aim to answer some of the questions that people most commonly ask about this treatment.
Q: What is Botox?
A: 'Botox' is short for botulinum toxin, a naturally-occurring protein that, when injected into the face, causes the facial muscles to relax. This smooths out wrinkles and reduces the signs of ageing.
Q: What are the side effects of Botox?
A: The most common side effect is a mild bruising on the injection site. Patients may also experience some headaches after the treatment, but these tend to subside within 24 hours.
Q: How long does Botox last?
A: The procedure itself takes about 30 minutes. The results will last for 3-4 months; after this period has elapsed, patients may come back to the clinic for another Botox treatment.
Q: How much does Botox cost?
A: This depends on the clinic; if you visit the Dr Leah Botox clinic in London, a 1-area treatment will cost you £199.
Q: How old do you have to be to get Botox?
A: This is a controversial issue, and once again, the answer depends on which clinic you visit. The Dr Leah clinic never administers anti-wrinkle injections to teenagers, and we always recommend a consultation session before deciding on a particular treatment. The best time to get a Botox treatment is when you notice that frown lines and other 'dynamic' lines are becoming permanent, which usually occurs in a person's early 30s.
Q: Are there any alternatives to Botox?
A: Yes. You may prefer to use facial fillers to smooth wrinkles and achieve that plumper, more youthful look; alternatively, if you don't like injections, our Dermaroller and microdermabrasion treatments offer noticeable rejuvenation without any needles.
The Dr Leah Botox clinic is located near Liverpool Street in London. Click here for contact details, or visit our Botox page to learn more.