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Botox: What it is and how long it lasts

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Botox, also known as botulinum toxin has become incredibly popular over the past couple of decades. One of the key purposes of Botox is to relax the muscles in the face. This results in lines and wrinkles being smoothed out. It is commonly used to reduce the appearance of frown lines, crow’s feet and more.

How often may I need Botox treatment?

Although the effects of Botox are not permanent, they normally last for around three months. This means you may need to receive the treatment around four times a year if you want to maintain a more youthful appearance. You cannot get Botox for cosmetic reasons on the NHS, but prices can be cheaper than you might expect. Prices have fallen as the treatment has become more widely available.

Is Botox suitable for everyone?

Not everyone is suitable for Botox injections. You shouldn’t get Botox if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, and you may not be eligible if you have had a bad reaction to it in the past. Before you receive a Botox treatment, you will need to undergo a consultation so your practitioner can make sure it’s right for you and you’re not putting yourself in danger. The person that is providing the treatment should be fully qualified and experienced enough to administer it. If a practitioner has had little training, they should be avoided. You shouldn’t proceed with the treatment if you feel unwell, have a skin infection or have a neuromuscular condition. A reputable practitioner will only provide the treatment if they feel that it’s safe to do so.

What to ask your practitioner?

When you meet a practitioner offering Botox treatments, ask them about the training that they have received, what their qualifications are and how much experience they have in this area. You also need to make sure they’re insured so you’re covered if something goes wrong.

More about Botox treatments

Before the treatment is given, your face will be cleaned. A fine needle will be used to inject the Botox into your muscles. The treatment only normally takes around ten minutes. Don’t expect to see an immediate result. You are likely to start noticing a difference after around three days, with the full effect becoming visible after around 3 weeks. There are also some activities you should avoid. Vigorous exercise, sunbathing and massaging or rubbing the face can all compromise the end result. If you do have any queries about what you should and shouldn’t do, ask your practitioner.

Risks and side effects

There aren’t many big risks attached to Botox. This is one of the reasons it has become such a popular treatment. You may have a headache or flu-like symptoms over the first 24 hours and may experience minor swelling, bruising or redness. Some people have experienced temporary facial droopiness, but this normally passes quickly. If you experience double or blurred vision or have trouble breathing, seek medical assistance.

What is baby Botox?

Baby Botox, involving smaller doses of Botox, has become more popular over recent years as it offers subtler effects and is cheaper. Another reason so many people are opting for Botox is that it can offer a more youthful appearance without invasive surgery being required. You may need to pay slightly more if you are male, as men normally require a bigger dose per area.

We are ready to hear from you if you’re ready to reduce Botox costs. As we charge per area rather than unit, our prices are more affordable than what you may be offered elsewhere.

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