Below are some common questions that are frequently asked about botox anti-wrinkle injectables.
Can everyone have Botox?
No. You can't have Botox done if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you have a Botox allergy
- If you have an infection where Botox will be injected
- If you have breathing, swallowing, or bleeding problems
- If you have a muscle or nerve disorder
- If you recently had or will have some sort of surgery
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding
How long does it last?
Botox normally lasts 3-6 months but results will vary from person to person.
Are there any side effects?
It is normal to have some bleeding and bruising and mild pain at the injection site afterwards. Do not worry though, this is normal. Bruising is more common around the eye area were there are more blood vessels. If you do get any bruising, this normally goes within 2-3 days. Contrary to popular belief, a Botox bruise is not a sign of a botched Botox job. Bruising after Botox, or 'postinjection ecchymosis', can occur even with the most skilled Botox technician. There are 2 types of Botox bruises: immediate bruising and delayed bruising. Immediate bruising shows up a few hours after the injection, while delayed bruising can take 1-2 days (sometimes 3) before you see it on your skin. Bruising will normally go within a week and this can be covered with makeup.
Is Botox safe?
It is common to perhaps think Botox can be unsafe because of the "tox" or "toxin" part of its name. Botox, or "botulinum toxin type A," just sounds like a dangerous poison. Well it is a poison and the botulinum toxin is one of the most powerful neurotoxins that exist. However, you can relax because the botulinum toxin type A used for Botox is meticulously purified and created in a lab setting. Very small amounts of Botox is used for cosmetic treatments (20-50 units compared to 100-400 units for cerebral palsy), making Botox very safe indeed.
Does it hurt?
Having Botox only takes a few minutes and doesnt require any numbing cream. If you have a very low pain threshold you may want to take some Paracetomol before you arrive. Make sure you don't take Aspirin though.
Can I go back to work afterwards?
Yes - you may have some red lumps immediately after but these will subside within 20 minutes or so.
What aftercare or other advice is there?
You should avoid alcohol starting at least one week before the procedure and also dont consume any large amounts straight after. You should also stop taking any anti-inflammatory medications or Aspirin two weeks before your treatment to reduce any bruising that can occur. Do not rub or massage the injected area(s) for 4 hours after treatment, including facials. Do not do any strenuous exercise for 24 hours after treatment. Keep upright for the first 4 hours — no lying on your front. An ice pack can also reduce any risk of bruising.
What if I am not happy with the results?
A free adjustment / top up is available 2 weeks after your first treatment, if required. I will not see you until it has completely settled after 2 weeks.