If you are considering facial aesthetics treatment but have concerns, please read on.
We are coming towards the end of 2019 and some of our Woking patients will no doubt already be looking ahead to the new year, making resolutions and determinations for 2020.
Personal improvement is likely to be high on the list and it is no coincidence that this time of year sees a surge in gym memberships and related activities.
We also often see an increase in cosmetic dental and facial aesthetic treatments at AJ Dental around this time of the year too. We have covered, and will continue to do so, a lot of dental topics recently, but today, we take a look at a popular anti wrinkle treatment which sometimes receives somewhat negative publicity; namely Botox.
What is Botox?
Botox is one of the most widely used wrinkle reduction treatments currently available. It is a purified ‘toxin’ that is used in small enough doses to render it perfectly safe if used correctly. It acts on the facial muscles, stopping them from contracting and thereby reducing the wrinkles of the face.
The Botox serum is injected just under the skin using a fine needle and should cause no significant discomfort. Patients may just feel a small pricking sensation in the treatment area.
Results can usually be seen within a week or so of the treatment and last for several months. This period will depend on individual circumstances and our Woking facial aesthetic team will be able to advise the expected length of the results.
Avoiding ‘extreme’ results
For people who are considering this facial treatment it is understandable that they may have some concerns given the bad press it has received in the past. This has rarely been for any medical or scientific reasons though and has largely focussed on results that have gone wrong. Most of us will have come across photographs of celebrities who ended up with a ‘frozen face’ where smiles and other expressions are next to impossible or a ‘trout pout’ where the lips have been plumped up to such a degree that they are much too prominent.
Although patients may be concerned about these results, the reality is that the risks are minimal with the safeguards we have in place. The fact is that if guidelines are followed, and with the aid of our experienced team, patients should not worry about this kind of outcome happening.
Although we can’t comment on individual cases, the likelihood is that these ‘celebrity disasters’ have been caused by either the treatment being provided by an inexperienced or unqualified person or the celebrity insisting on results that are more extreme than is acceptable.
In addition to the experience of our team, we reserve the right to refuse treatment that we think is either unsafe or is unethical.
Is Botox safe for everybody?
We advise patients that are expecting a baby or are planning for one in the immediate future to avoid this treatment. Although there is no evidence that it causes any harm, the guidelines are to be on the safe side and delay this treatment until later. Similarly, although again there is no evidence to suggest any risks, patients who are breastfeeding are advised to delay the treatment as well.
It is worth noting that there are currently no age limits to having Botox in the UK. This will probably change in time we suspect, but parents can rest assured that we do take age into consideration when deciding if the patient is a suitable subject.
As with any type of treatment, we always carry out a full consultation to make sure that the treatment is suitable for you. It is not for everyone and consequently we need to check various aspects before we can proceed. We will provide you with all of the information you need to help you make an informed decision. Where we determine that this treatment is not suitable we will advise about possible alternatives.
What happens when the results start to fade?
This depends on the patient. Some have a facial treatment for a specific reason, such as for a wedding or a long planned special holiday, accepting that the wrinkles will reappear later on. Others prefer to try to keep their skin younger looking for longer periods of time, and you will be pleased to know that the treatment can be repeated. We are happy to help you put a treatment plan in place so that your skin looks consistently smooth.
Side effects from Botox treatment are very rare indeed, especially when administered correctly. Some patients can experience a little localised bruising around the injection site, but this is usually relatively minor and goes within a few days. It is worth bearing this in mind when you plan to have your treatment and book it away from any social events that you might have planned.
At the AJ Dental Group, we are pleased to be able to offer both Botox and Dermal Filler treatments to help our patients to have smoother and younger looking skin. We are also always happy to answer any questions that you might have about the treatment.
If you would like to discuss with us, we recommend an initial consultation with our facial aesthetics team. You can contact our Woking clinic on 01483 766355 (Parkside practice) or 01932 352333 (Waterside practice).