Botox, cosmetic fillers and other injectables are increasingly popular for treating wrinkles and expression lines, with some people even having so-called “preventative” injections.
If you’re thinking about one or more of these treatments, what do you need to grasp before you even set foot in a cosmetic surgeon or doctor’s office?
The anti-aging qualities of the botulinum toxin (sold as Botox and Dysport) are likely behind many a well-preserved look in Hollywood and can be found closer to home, too. When injected, Botox relaxes muscles, preventing skin from creasing and causing wrinkles. It’s effective for “expression lines”, such as frown and surprise lines on the forehead and crow’s feet around the eyes, and “turkey neck” – lines on the neck.
Where can you get Botox?
Botox is a prescription-only drug, although people who aren’t medical specialists do currently inject it. This can be done by non-doctors obtaining prescriptions from doctors, or in the case of beauty clinics, having one doctor ostensibly supervising multiple non-medical injectors, without actually being in the place during the procedure. But beware of going down the bargain-basement path – botulinum is a potent bacterial neurotoxin, and there are consequences if it’s not used correctly.
“Botox should be prescribed and used by surgeons in appropriate settings,” says Geoff Lyons, president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. “If it’s being injected by someone else, it should be done under appropriate supervision with a doctor on the premises. There are a number of people undertaking injection treatments apparently without supervision – we don’t encourage that at all. Non-invasive procedures like fillers and Botox are considered low risk, but that doesn’t mean no hazard. Most risks are minor, but they’re there.”
This depends on how much is injected. The number of units you’ll need will depend on how active your muscles are. The price for a single unit is about $9–15. To treat the forehead you’ll need roughly 10 to 20 units, costing between $90 and $300, depending on how much your practitioner charges. The cost is about the same for treating crow’s feet.
Does Botox being a painful procedure?
The pain has been described as similar to that of an ant bite, lasting for a few seconds.
How long has been doing Botox last?
The effects of Botox facial injections typically last 3-4 months, but they can last long with ongoing treatment.
What could be negative effects if you get Botox?
Possible side effects of Botox are usually temporary and restricted to the area of injection. They include drooping of the eyelids, bruising, headache, face pain, redness, swelling at the injection site, bruising, skin tightness, muscle weakness, numbness or a feeling of pins and needles and nausea.