What to know before getting Botox

Botox is currently the most popular cosmetic treatment all around the world, but it continues to inspire fear and confusion in certain cautious corners. Is it right for you? That depends on your taste, needs and tolerance for needles. We explain all.

Does Botox prevents wrinkles?

Absolutely. Botox are highly purified toxins that can temporarily erase or reduce horizontal forehead lines, vertical frown lines, and crow’s-feet. The injections slow muscles that contract hundreds of times a day, eventually etching lines in the skin. Botox can also lift the corners of the mouth that sag with age, smooth out the “pin cushion” look in some chins, soften smoker’s lines around the mouth, and soften vertical neck cords.


Will Botox make me feel numb and look frozen?

It will not affect the nerves that cause sensation, or make you feel numb. When used correctly, Botox can lift the brow to give an appealing and sincere look. It is important to be treated by an experienced doctor who can judge the size of client’s muscles and how much Botox is needed.


Does Botox hurts?

Like most injections, Botox can be slightly painful, especially between the eyebrows. At The Retreat Clinic we offer topical anesthesia ten minutes before the procedure to numb it and make the experience as tolerable as possible.


Does Botox have side effects?

Every drug has side effects, and Botox is no exception. Luckily, they tend to be minor and short-lived. In one to five percent of cases, there can be mild droopiness of the eyelid or eyebrow, which usually goes away within two weeks, and some clients experience slight bruising.


What is the ideal age to start using Botox?

You don’t need it before you have wrinkles to hide. Other than that, a patient can have Botox safely whenever they are bothered by their wrinkles. There is no issue with long term use.


How long does Botox last? 

It varies from clients to client, but good results usually last three and a half to four months.


Will my friends know I did Botox? 

Yes and no. A good result will leave you looking fresher, more cheerful, and perhaps younger. Telltale signs of Botox that has been badly done are a smooth and shiny forehead, or a forehead and crow’s-feet that don’t move when you laugh or cry.


What can I expect the day after my Botox appointment?

Results begin to show in a few days and develop gradually over the course of two weeks. We advice anyone preparing for a big event to have shots two weeks ahead of time. Clients taking medications that contain aspirin or NSAIDs can develop pinpoint blue bruising. Clients can wear makeup immediately but should avoid heavy workouts for 24 hours.


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