There’s little doubt that Botox has become a buzzword in the Facial Aesthetics industry. Some love it to successfully rejuvenate their skin and help them unlock the youthful passion inside. Others may be put off by rare horror stories of Botox-gone-wrong. As we use Botox as an integral part of our clinical Facial Aesthetics program, we at Vitality are perfectly placed to help you decide if this treatment route is the right one for you- and dispel some common myths along the way.
What is Botox?
Botox has been hailed as the most effective wrinkle treatment on the market today. It’s important to note Botox is actually a brand name for a facial treatment derived from botulinum toxin, and several effective brands are available on the market today. You may also hear it referred to as Xeomin or Dysport. It acts to reduce the mobility of the subsurface muscle. In doing so, it helps release ingrained tension from the muscle, relaxing the face and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
What can I expect from a Botox treatment?
Botox is a powerful part of the anti-ageing stable, but it’s important to realise it’s not a miracle cure. This is why our Facial Aesthetics program uses it as only part of a wholistic approach. It’s also not a one-time treatment. Due to that natural movement of the facial muscles, it will eventually wear off. Most patients start with top-ups every 6 months, reducing this to 3 if required. Botox has its best results on the upper face, where facial muscles lie close to the skin, such as around the eyes and on the forehead. Other areas of concern can be addressed using other methods. Your results will also be dependant on using the exact amount needed to get the results you want, without creating an artificial look. This is another reason it’s important to work with a trained medical professional to ensure the best results.
What is ‘preventative Botox’?
There is a subset of aesthetically concerned young people using ‘preventative Botox’ to ward off ageing as long as possible. This is done by using micro-doses of the botox injection in common wrinkle zones (crows feet, ‘11s’ lines) to prevent the skin wrinkling at all for longer.
If this sounds a little too much for you, don’t worry. It is true that the ‘lighter’ the wrinkle at the time of the injection, the better the result you will receive. This is why fillers are often recommended for older patients with more established wrinkles instead. However, that doesn’t mean you have to jump on the ‘preventative Botox’ trend if it doesn’t seem right for you.
When would Botox be right for me?
Remember that Vitality offers Botox as part of our unique Facial Aesthetics program. This procedure will always start with an in-depth consultation designed to explore your unique concerns. Every action plan made will be tailored to your needs and wants, and you will always be professionally advised by our trained experts.
However, if you’re keen to explore whether Botox could be right for you, here are some key factors to consider.
1.Botox for wrinkles and thinner skin
Usually appearing in the late 30s to early 40s, you may have started noticing fine lines where you don’t want them. Botox, through relaxing the underlying muscle, can help reduce the appearance of these lines. Possibly the most targeted wrinkle is the ‘11’ wrinkle, the 2 vertical lines appearing between the brows.
Due to how Botox works, it’s best to tackle these lines while they are still fine, rather than waiting for heavy, deep wrinkles to set in. If you already have heavy eyelids and a deeply wrinkled brow, caution is required. We can discuss other avenues with you to ensure you get the best results possible.
2. Botox for deep facial expression lines
Similar to the above, botox can assist if your ‘dynamic rhytids’ (the lines that form when you make an expression) linger long after the expression has passed. Botox may not be powerful enough to eliminate these now-static lines altogether, but it can dramatically reduce them and, better yet, prevent them getting worse.
This doesn’t mean Botox can remove ever deep-set wrinkle, of course. In fact, Botox is generally advised for those 65 years old and younger only. The loss of natural fat in the area is often to blame for this ‘hanging’ or ‘folding’ effect, and Botox alone cannot address all the issue. This is why we run our Facial Aesthetics program to also incorporate the use of other techniques, like facial fillers and lip fillers, to help create an overall pleasing effect.
3. Botox to help with facial symmetry
By nature, the human body is asymmetrical. Women will most often notice this in the breast tissue, where it’s common for one cup to be slightly fuller than the other. This is natural, and nothing to worry about. However, as we age some of these asymmetries can be enhanced, and may become worrying to you. From a drooping eyebrow to a crooked smile, Botox can assist you in creating greater facial symmetry. In fact, in the hands of a skilled practitioner, these effects will often last far longer than Botox for wrinkles, too. That is why it is critical you use the services of a certified medical professional, and not merely a salon offering extras from an untrained worker.
Does Botox have non-cosmetic uses?
Addressing ageing issues isn’t all Botox can do. There are several noted uses for Botox injections that have nothing to do with the ageing process, but everything to do with making your life healthier, happier and more confident. Here are some other uses of Botox:
There’s nothing wrong with a gummy smile, of course- it’s part of who you are. But if you find your confidence is decreased because of your smile, the clever combination of Botox and lip fillers can help correct the aesthetic look and help you feel great again.
2. Jaw (and dental) issues
The main muscle that grinds and chews in the jaw is called the ‘masseter’. Many of us, suffering high-stress lives, may find we are grinding our teeth overnight. This can be difficult to correct. For many people, episodes will be transient, and pass when the stress does. Others, however, may find it damaging their teeth and adversely affecting their lives. Botox injections, used by a skilled professional, can soften this muscle without taking away its power to do its job, bringing much-needed relief.
This can also be used to correct aesthetic concerns in harsh square faces, creating a more heart-shaped or oval look.
3. Excessive sweating
Botox can be used to correct excessive sweating disorders in the palms, armpits or soles of the feet.
Certain types of migraines and tension headaches can be positively affected by the injection of Botox into areas of the skull and forehead. Bonus? You’ll probably see a reduction in your forehead wrinkles too!
Can anyone get Botox?
Botox is an easily-accessible treatment that can be done as a day-patient and needs little-to-no downtime afterwards. You can get your Botox done in a lunchtime and return to work afterwards. It’s available for both women and men, and you should never be shy about chatting any concerns you have over with our resident experts. However, there are two classes of people who may wish to hold off on Botox injections, or consult with a specialist before deciding to go this route:
- Patients with neuromuscular disorders: As Botox works closely with the neuromuscular system, patients suffering issues like Bell’s Palsy need to be very careful about their choice of practitioner. Of course, that’s not to say you can never get Botox- in fact, there is promising research into the use of Botox to help correct the visual discrepancies caused by this condition. Simply that you need to be much more careful, and choose a specialised medical practitioner you trust to assist you.
- Pregnant and breastfeeding women: There’s not actually any definitive research into the effects of Botox while pregnant or breastfeeding. Due to the localised nature of the injection, it’s highly unlikely to affect the fetus at all. So don’t be concerned if you happen to discover you are pregnant after a Botox course. However, special care and consideration is always advised at this delicate time of life.
Botox is a powerful part of the Facial Aesthetics toolkit. In the hands of a skilled professional, it can help you feel younger and more confident in your skin. If you would like to know more about the procedures or the Vitality experience, feel free to contact the Vitality team today.