If you’re looking to reduce the signs of aging, you may be considering Botox for your fine lines and wrinkles. Before undergoing treatment, however, it’s important that you have all the facts at your disposal. You may decide that this is the right option for you or you may wish to go for a different form of skin care treatment, such as dermal fillers or a chemical peel.
Here are a few key things you should be aware of before getting Botox for fine lines.
The results are temporary
This type of wrinkle treatment involves injecting Botulinum Toxin A (Botox) to temporarily relax facial muscles. How long the results last depends on how your body processes the solution. Some people may find it lasts longer than others.
Most people find their results last around three to four months. After that time, you’ll need another round to maintain your results. Some activities, such as frequent exercise or excessive facial expressions can cause the effects to fade more quickly.
Botox doesn’t get rid of wrinkles
Contrary to popular belief, Botox doesn’t actually remove wrinkles. Instead, it freezes your facial muscles — this prevents you from contracting them in ways that deepen wrinkles.
It’s best as a preventative measure
As it doesn’t erase wrinkles, Botox is actually most effective as a preventative, rather than a cure. If you already have deep lines and wrinkles, then this treatment won’t ‘fill’ them out. Some people choose to get Botox when they are younger, before their fine lines and wrinkles develop.
You may not see the effects immediately
Right after your treatment, you may wonder if there has been any change at all! It will probably take a few days for you to see any results and up to two weeks for the full effect.
Costs can vary
Depending on the aesthetic skin care clinic and practitioner, the price of wrinkle fillers, such as Botox, can vary. Some cosmetic practitioners charge by the unit of Botox, while others charge by the area of treatment.
It’s important to make sure you have a full consultation with your chosen clinic before going ahead with the treatment.
You may experience bruising
Don’t be alarmed if your skin appears bruised after treatment! You’re more likely to experience redness and mild swelling, however some bruising can also occur. But don’t worry, this will usually fade very quickly.
After-care is vital
After your treatment, the Botox will need a little time to settle. Immediately after your appointment, avoid touching your face, wearing makeup or exercising. You should try and take it easy for the next 24 hours.
It’s not just for celebrities!
You may be wondering if wrinkle treatments such as Botox are exclusively for A-listers. But the truth is that skin care treatments can be far more accessible and less expensive than you may think. While it may be temporary, Botox for fine lines is far more affordable than cosmetic surgery.
Always book a consultation
It’s essential to meet with your practitioner before going ahead with Botox for fine lines. Speaking to an aesthetic skin care expert will ensure you’re fully aware of the process and any after care you may need. Your practitioner will also be able to advise you on whether or not this form of wrinkle treatment is suitable for you.
If you’re seeking professional skin care treatment, why not speak to our friendly team at Helen Hunt? You can book your free consultation online or visit one of our Exeter clinics.