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Do you feel you are aging faster than you should? Are wrinkle lines affecting your confidence? Would you like a quick fix that doesn’t involve surgery? Then Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is probably your answer.
Botox is one of the most misunderstood procedures of facial aesthetics. Many people believe Botox will leave them with a paralysed or expressionless face but it’s temporary in nature and therefore there are no long term side effects, unlike plastic surgery.
So what is Botox?
Botox is an injection that temporarily relaxes facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as prevent new lines from forming. Common injection sites include the forehead, the area between the eyebrows (T section), the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet), between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds) and the crease that runs from the corners of the mouth to down the side of the chin (marionette lines). Botox can also be used to treat migraines, excessive sweating, the skin condition psoriasis and even depression.
Is Botox painful?
Any injection can hurt, but the needles used for Botox injections are very small, so pain is usually minimal. The area can be numbed with a topical anaesthetic cream or cold pack 10-20 minutes before the injections are given, so you won’t feel much pain, if any. You may feel a little discomfort later, once the anaesthetic cream has worn off. Other side effects are listed below.
How long does it last?
Botox can last between three and six months. Most patients find they attend for treatment three or four times in the first year and twice a year thereafter.
What side effects can Botox have?
Some side effects may include pain at the injection site, infection, inflammation, swelling, redness, bleeding and bruising. Some of these symptoms may indicate an allergic reaction and although these symptoms may occur, Botox is not permanent. If the injection is placed improperly Botox can move through blood vessels to other locations and cause crooked facial expressions such as droopy eyelids, which happens in about two per cent of cases and can be rebalanced easily with further Botox work. There is a very small risk – a one in 500,000 chance – of skin being damaged if blood vessels are accidentally injected with Botox.
Where can I talk to a Botox specialist?
Boyne Dental is the Navan dentist with a Botox Dublin expert – Dr Orlaith O’Daly provides pain free Botox trim and dermal fillers every Tuesday evening from 7pm-9pm. Get in touch if you’re searching for facial aesthetics Navan, we’d love to help you find out more about your options.