Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) Treatments in Malaysia
As we age, wrinkles and fine lines naturally increase. One common treatment solution that many use to smoothen out the skin and slow down aging is by using a muscle relaxant, Botox® or Botulinum Toxin. Made from a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum which is found in nature, it is a cosmetic treatment used to reduce the appearance of aging on the skin, specifically used to smooth out frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. With continued use, it can help to delay the visible signs of aging, making you look younger than your actual age. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, help to restore volume to the skin, giving it a plumper, more youthful appearance.
Despite its widespread use, there are many misconceptions about the safety and effectiveness of Botox®. It is important to be informed and to consult with a medical professional to determine if Botox® is the right solution for you.
Myth: Botox® is toxic to the body
Fact: The typical dose given is nowhere near toxic
There are many rumours stating that Botox® is actually toxic and is not good for you. But in actual fact, the injection has been approved by the FDA in 2002 for a variety of medical and cosmetic applications. The typical dose given to patients for a Botox® procedure is nowhere near toxic levels as claimed by others, proving to be a safe treatment.
Myth: The procedure freezes your face
Fact: The right dosage of Botox® merely gently relaxes your facial muscles
The most common and huge misconception of Botox® is that your face will look stiff and won’t have free movement. This is not true. When performed properly, Botox® helps to gently relax facial muscles that produce wrinkles, while you retain the ability to express with your face.
The Retreat Clinic team is professionally trained and medically certified to assure you’ll achieve your desired result with just the right amount, no more no less.
Myth: It is only good for smoothing out wrinkles
Fact: Botox® helps lift and enhance your facial features too
Yes, Botox® is known to help smoothen out wrinkles on your face, but its usage goes way beyond that! At the Retreat Clinic, Dr Ong uses Botox® in our signature #SkinRetreat Facesculpting programme to not only reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles but also improve facial definitions.
Whether it’s your eyes, cheeks, lips, chin, nose bridge or even jawline, Botox® can help enhance your facial features for a lasting fresh and youthful look.
How long till I see results from the Botox® treatment?
Typically, the results from Botox® treatment can be seen within a week, but the exact time can vary from person to person. Some may see changes as early as two days, while others may take up to two weeks. The time frame for results to become visible can be influenced by factors such as a person’s age, the severity of wrinkles, and the muscles responsible for causing the lines.
How long does the result last?
Again, this varies from person to person. On average, Botox® injections will last around four to six months. After this period, the effect of Botox® in relaxing the facial muscles will start to wear off and the muscles will start contracting again. However, the residual effect of the facial expressions would not be as deep as the muscles have had time to relax. After this period, you are able to receive more injections should you wish to maintain the appearance.
How safe is Botox® treatment in Malaysia?
Botox® treatments are considered safe when performed by a licensed and trained medical professional. In Malaysia, the Ministry of Health regulates the use of Botox®, ensuring that it is used in a safe and controlled manner.
What is the cost of Botox® treatment in Malaysia?
The cost of Botox® in Malaysia varies depending on the clinic and the amount of product used. On average, a Botox® treatment in Malaysia can cost anywhere from RM500 to RM2,000, or more.
What are the side effects of Botox® treatment?
Botox® injections on the cheeks when performed by an experienced practitioner and with the recommended dosage are safe. Common side effects may include temporary bruising at the injection site, headache that can be treated with painkillers, and rare cases of ptosis or droopy eyelids. Other side effects of Botox® treatment are usually mild and temporary, including swelling, redness, pain, or bruising at the injection site, headache, nausea, flu-like symptoms, and temporary muscle weakness. Our doctor may not recommend Botox® if you display signs of possible ptosis, but this side effect will resolve on its own.
What is the downtime after a Botox® treatment in Malaysia and how many treatments of Botox® do I need?
The effect of Botox® treatment lasts for three to six months, after which the facial muscles start contracting again, causing the lines to reappear. However, without Botox®, the lines would be more severe. After this period, it is generally safe to receive another Botox® injection, which can be done as many times as needed as long as it is within a reasonable window of safety to ensure you do not receive too much of the substance at once.
Our doctor will be able to advise you on this matter. After a Botox® treatment in Malaysia, there is minimal downtime, with most people being able to resume normal activities immediately. Some may experience mild swelling or redness, but it typically subsides within a few hours.
What should I expect during a Botox® appointment in Malaysia?
During a Botox® appointment in Malaysia, the patient can expect to have a consultation with the practitioner to discuss their specific needs and goals. The practitioner will then clean the area to be treated and use a fine needle to inject small amounts of Botox® into the targeted muscles. The whole process usually takes about 15-30 minutes.
Can Botox® treat deep wrinkles and fine lines effectively?
Botox® can effectively treat both deep wrinkles and fine lines, but the results may vary depending on the individual and the severity of the wrinkles. In some cases, a combination of Botox® and other cosmetic treatments may be necessary for optimal results.
Can Botox® be used for other medical purposes besides cosmetics?
In addition to cosmetic purposes, Botox® has been approved by the FDA for a number of medical uses, including the treatment of muscle spasms, excessive sweating, and migraines. It is important to consult with a licensed medical professional to determine if Botox® is appropriate for your individual needs and medical conditions.
What else can Botox® treat?
Botox® is widely known for its cosmetic uses in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. However, it also has several medical applications. Botox® can help to alleviate muscle spasms, treat eye conditions, control excessive sweating, manage overactive bladder caused by nerve disorders, and alleviate chronic migraines. Your doctor will be able to assess if Botox® is a suitable option for your specific medical condition.
Firstly, speak to a doctor to discuss the suitability of the treatment for you. You will also receive an individualized quote and payment plan.
Our #SkinRetreat Facesculpting programme is a customized cosmetic treatment that uses a combination of dermal fillers and Botox® to improve facial features and slow down the aging process. It is tailored to your specific skin needs, enhancing the appearance of your eyes, cheeks, lips, chin, nose bridge, and jawline for a youthful and refreshed look that lasts.
Call +6011-3302 8232 today to schedule a free consultation with Dr Ong Jin Khang of The Retreat Clinic! Every individual’s skin is different, and we strongly recommend you to consult a certified aesthetic physician to evaluate your skin in order to identify the best treatment solution.