Botox or botulinum toxin to give it its technical name, is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. It is used as a dermal filler and is usually administered as an injection. It is capable of smoothing frown lines and wrinkles by gently paralysing the muscles that control the skin in those areas. It can be used in people ranging in age from 18-65 and is one of the most common cosmetic procedures in the world (the most popular in the US). It has become one of the most trusted treatments for wrinkles and is regularly used by women looking to reduce the signs of ageing. There are few side-effects associated with botox and there is minimal down-time, patients can return to work and their normal activities the next day. Injections are normally given under local anaesthetic. People usually leave around three months between injections. In addition to its cosmetic uses, botox is also used to medically treat excessive sweating in the feet and under-arms.
Prices for botox treatment can depend on a number of different factors. These factors include the extent of the areas you are having treated, where you are being treated and the number of injections you are having. Most clinics will charge per area being treated and there is usually a set fee for each area. There will be one fee for the forehead, one for crow's feet and another for frown lines. In the UK you can expect to pay around £250-£300 for treatment to one area. Practitioners will often give discounts for people having more than one area treated at the same time and also for multiple treatments being booked in advance. Very often, patients will have three areas treated at the same time which will usually cost between £500-£600. The problem with this method however, is that the patient does not know exactly how much of the product is being used. To get a more accurate price, the patient should ask to be charged per unit of botox as opposed to per area.
Botox is a very effective treatment for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. Most practitioners will allow you to see before and after pictures of the patients they have treated. It can be useful to see these pictures because it can give you an idea of the kinds of results you can expect. In the case of crow's feet, very often you will see that the lines become softer and less noticeable after one or at most two treatments. After three or four treatments the lines are almost completely gone. Some websites that offer botox treatments will show you pictures of people at various different stages after having injections so you can see the difference after 7 days, 14, 21, 28 days etc. This is because it can take a few weeks for the full effects of a treatment to show through. Perhaps the most striking results can be seen on a forehead that has had quite severe lines and wrinkles. This area can have a much smoother and youthful appearance after as little as just two treatments. If you google 'botox before and after' you will find links to many photographs showing the positive results of botox.
As with any cosmetic treatment there is the potential for unwanted side-effects with botox. Fortunately, the side-effects with botox are relatively minor. For people who have botox to treat frown lines between the eyes, some might suffer droopy eyelids. There is the possibility you might also experience some nausea in the first few days after treatment as well. Other possible side-effects include some localised muscle weakness, flu-like symptoms, headaches, facial pain and indigestion. You might also have some swelling and soreness on and around the injection site, but this usually goes after a week at the most. Thankfully, all of these potential side-effects are rare and dissipate after a few days anyway. Hopefully you now have a better understanding of what botox is and how effective it is at treating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.