Botox FAQs

Botox Frequently Asked Questions

Is Botox safe?

Botox® is recognised as one of the safest cosmetic treatments. Side effects are rarely serious and always temporary, which is why it is now the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world. The most common side effect is bruising. To avoid bruising don’t take aspirin, anti-inflammatory tablets or vitamin E for 48 hours before treatment. Rarely a transient numbness may develop in the treated area. If you are pregnant or breast feeding the treatment is not recommended.

Are there are any potential long term consequences?

The average dose for the treatment of the forehead, crows feet and frown lines between the eyebrows is approximately 50 units in total. It has been used in much higher doses to treat muscular disorders for over 10 years. Your body regenerates neuromuscular connections so the muscle activity will return to normal with time.

What does Botox treatment involve?

At Skin Revival Laser Clinic, an initial consultation is carried and a customised treatment plan is created. You will be asked to frown or smile to assess muscle movement. This will determine which site will achieve the best results for you. Several injections are administered and most people only experience a slight discomfort when the needle contacts with the skin. Some patients feel no discomfort at all.

Can men have Botox treatment?

Yes, Botox works equally well for men and women. However, men may require a slightly higher dose due to stronger muscle contractions.

When should I start using Botox?

Traditionally, Botox is well-known for removing or reducing wrinkles, but it is excellent for the prevention of lines appearing. As one gets older the loss of elasticity results with lines appearing when muscles move such as frowning. If Botox is used to prevent excessive frowning then the lines will not appear in the first place.

When will my treatment start to work?

It usually takes 3-5 days to see the result and in 1-2 weeks it will look even better. To enhance the uptake of your treatment, smile and frown a lot for two hours following treatment, don’t touch or massage the area and remain in a vertical position for 6 hours so it remains in place.

How long does botox last for?

Botox lasts up to 3-4 months initially but each case is different. A two week reassessment is always advised to assess the effect and consider a top up if necessary in certain areas. The effects of Botox can last around 6 months or longer if used long term.

Will Botox work for me?

In clinical trials 90% of patients reported improvement in their lines.

Will Botox remove all lines and wrinkles?

Deeper lines and wrinkles which have been present for many years may not be completely removed. Such lines may require the use of Dermal fillers and perhaps a combination of other skin rejuvenation techniques such as Medical Skin Needling and Diamond Microdermabrasion. However, you should think about the look you want to achieve before removing all lines. 100% wrinkle free may not be natural.

What are the alternatives to Botox?

Dermal filling agents such as Restylane may help eliminate deeper expression lines.

Will my lines look worse if I do not continue my treatment?

No, lines will gradually revert to their pre-treatment appearance over a period of months. Continued muscle activity will clearly make them worse over time if treatment is not resumed.

What unexpected benefits can come from Botox® therapy?

Tension headaches and migraine for some patients have disappeared. This occurs in patients using the muscles of the forehead and brow during periods of stress and tension. When muscles are relaxed using Botox the headaches fade.