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Everything you wanted to know about Botox but were afraid to ask! 10 questions from award-winning beauty blogger Karen Constantine of Lovely Girlie Bits

May 21, 2017

 1.  Will my friends know I had Botox®?

Not if you are in the right hands! Botox® is a technique-sensitive treatment. A good result should be subtle but leave you looking fresher and more relaxed. You should not lose the ability to make normal facial expressions. Many women fear having an unnatural or “frozen” look. That's why it's important to be treated by an experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is conservative in their approach, an expert in facial anatomy and who individualises your treatment. Talk to your specialist about the results you want from your treatment.

 

2.  How does it work?

Botox® works by weakening selected facial muscles so that they cannot pull on the overlying skin, thereby reducing wrinkles. It does this by temporarily blocking the nerves to the muscles that are responsible for causing the wrinkles. Relaxing facial muscles can reduce and limit the size and depth of facial wrinkles for a more youthful look. With less movement, the skin surface gradually smooths out and the lines begin to fade.

 

3.  How long does the treatment take?

Your dermatologist will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate Botox® treatment for you. The actual injection process takes about 5 minutes. It is the perfect lunchtime procedure – quick, minimally invasive and no downtime.

 

4.  Does it hurt?

Patients report that being injected with Botox® feels like a pinch. If you are concerned about discomfort, we can apply a topical numbing cream before administering your treatment.

 

5.  When will I see results?

You may begin to notice results within 48 to 72 hours for moderate to severe frown lines, with full effect at 2 weeks. 

 

6.  How long does it last? Do I have to wait until its all gone before I get more?

The effect typically lasts 3-4 months, sometimes longer with consistent treatment. Yes, it is better to wait until the effects of your previous treatment are almost gone before your next treatment so that you don't develop a "frozen" look.

 

7.  Does Botox® Prevent Wrinkles?

Botox® is being used more and more frequently by people in their late 20s and 30s who are trying to prevent fine lines becoming etched into the skin. The theory is that by starting Botox® earlier, people, and their muscles, can learn not to make certain expressions that contribute to worsening their lines. This has been examined by observing identical twins, one of whom had been using Botox® for years, while the other had not. The twin using Botox® was significantly less wrinkled and appeared younger.

 

8.  What are the risks? Are you allergy tested before you get it done?

Side effects may include minor bruising, discomfort or pain at the injection sites, headaches, drooping eyelids (2-5%), and swelling of the eyelids. Over-injecting or injecting too low on the forehead can also cause brows to droop and create a heavy look - this can't be erased - you have to wait until the Botox wears off. True allergic reactions are extremely rare, almost unheard of, and there is no allergy test before the procedure. 

 

9.  What is the treatment cost?

Your cost depends on the number of areas treated: forehead wrinkles, the lines between your eyes, and crows’ feet are priced as separate areas; typically €250 to €500 total. Be wary of “cheap” Botox—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many clinics in Dublin are using other forms of botulinum toxin instead of true Botox®. It is more important to find an experienced specialist who will take the time to understand your treatment goals and develop a treatment plan that is right for you. Make sure your dermatologist or plastic surgeon is on the Irish Specialist Register for Dermatology or Plastic Surgery (www.medicalcouncil.ie).

 

10.  Is there anything I need to do before Botox treatment?

No. Just bring the wrinkles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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