Gone are the days where aesthetic treatments were just for celebrities or the rich. Today, cosmetic treatments have become so readily available and affordable that all it takes is a stroll into the clinic during lunchtime, and you can come out with revitalised skin.
Botox is one of the procedures that are so convenient to get. The staple of every medical aesthetic clinic, it is a popular treatment for reducing fine lines and uplifting saggy skin. In Singapore, chin Botox and jawline Botox are also common for patients who want to achieve a slimmer, more V-shape contour for their face.
Before you head down to your preferred aesthetic clinic, you should find out more about the procedure that you wish to undergo. When it comes to Botox, it’s popularity has also led to a lot of misconceptions about it. So, here are some quick facts about Botox you should know before taking the plunge.
1. Also known as the ‘lunchtime treatment’
Botox is a quick procedure with zero downtime. This has earned it the label of a ‘lunchtime treatment’ as it can be done in 15 minutes, and allows one to go right back to work after. All it involves are the injections at the target sites. Some treatments may require up to 50 injections in a session, but this usually still doesn’t take much time, and the pain level is bearable for most people.
2. Results in 3 days
After getting out of the clinic, some people wonder why their Botox jabs didn’t do anything for their face – that’s because Botox doesn’t show immediate visible effects! Instead, the muscle-relaxing effect kicks in about 2 to 4 days after treatment, with the effect peaking at about 10 to 14 days. After that, the visible results usually last 3 to 6 months before muscle functions gradually resume.
3. Some side effects are normal
Being an injection-based procedure, Botox can lead to side effects like swelling and redness at the injection sites. In a few cases, there may be bruising. Some people also report feeling tightness or numbness around the area. Headaches have been experienced by some people who have received the treatment. All these symptoms are non-serious and usually resolve themselves within a few hours to a day. However, if you experience severe effects like impaired ability to chew or speak, headaches of more than 48 hours, or any other persistent signs, that’s not normal, and is a sign you should visit your doctor ASAP.
4. Botox requires commitment
This is if you want to upkeep your youthful looks. Botox effects fade off after a few months, meaning that you need to follow up with more treatment sessions every once in a while. The good news is, the muscles grow weaker after several Botox sessions, so subsequent treatments will require fewer jabs. Alternatively, sessions may be scheduled further apart.
5. Aftercare affects the longevity of your Botox
Although people say Botox requires no special aftercare or downtime, there are some steps you should pay attention to if you want your Botox to last longer. Sun protection is crucial, and excess alcohol intake should be avoided. By doing so, you take care of your skin, protecting it from damages that will reduce the effects of Botox.
Although there are many good things about Botox, its effectiveness also boils down to the one doing the procedure. That is why the need to select a trained and reputable doctor to perform Botox for you cannot be further emphasised.
Now that you know all these about Botox, you can be one step closer to making a decision about it. Is Botox for you? Only you can answer that!