Almost every woman at some point has looked in the mirror and at least once thought, “I should get botox”. Whether you’re thinking of booking in for a Botox appointment or saving towards one, there are a few things you need to know before you do so.
As a minimally invasive procedure, Botox is the go-to treatment of choice for men and women that want to prevent premature aging. Although they’re becoming as common as facials, there’s still a lot of mystery around what Botox is and what you should know before getting Botox injections.
1. You may not need as much Botox as you might think
Botox is an expensive procedure, and some clinics will often tell you that you need to inject more than you actually do. This advice is usually given to increase the price of your treatment and boost the clinic’s profit margin. There is a general guide for how much Botox should be used in each area of the face. If your clinic is advising for more than the recommended dosage, it’s worthwhile asking them for their reasoning. It may just save you a significant amount of money.
Gummy smile and bunny lines normally require only 10 units. The forehead, glabella, and crow’s feet can all be treated with 15-25 units. A masseter reduction requires around 40-60 units, while hyperhidrosis needs an estimated 100 units per area. Some target areas are more specific. If you’re using Botox to treat chronic migraines, your dosage will depend on the muscle. Calf reductions take between 50-100 units per side, depending on your leg.
2. Your Botox may only last about 6 months
There’s a common misconception that Botox is for life. Before you book your appointment, you should know that the effects of Botox typically last around 6 months. The original Allergan Botox from the US states that it has a lifespan of 4-6 months. You’ll often see Korean manufacturers claiming to produce Botox to the same quality as their American counterparts. In our experience, this is rarely true.
The lifespan of Botox differs from patient to patient, and we have seen Allergan Botox last for longer than 6 months for some patients.
3. If the price seems too good to be true, it probably is
We’ve all heard of stories about Botox disasters where someone has gone for a cheap treatment to a clinic where the practitioner isn’t trained in Botox injections. Sometimes, a cheaper price tag can also indicate that the Botox being used is a counterfeit product.
As it’s being injected directly into your skin, you want to make sure it’s a genuine product. Counterfeit Botox is a common issue in Asia, so be wary of clinics offering Botox at bargain basement prices.
In Thailand, Allergan US Botox typically costs at least 20,000 THB per 100 units, while Korean Botox is at least 6,000 THB per 100 units. If you see a clinic advertising a rate lower than this, it should be a red flag.
4. Botox Resistance is a real thing
If you’re planning for a round of Botox injections, you want to be mindful of Botox resistance. Botox resistance is on the rise as the treatment becomes more popular. This occurs when your body develops antibodies that neutralize the Botox, reducing its effectiveness. One study showed that 13.9% of patients had some level of Botox resistance in their system. In order to minimize resistance, you should wait at least 3 months before injecting Botox into the same area of your face.
5. A cold compress provides effective pain relief
When you undergo any procedure that involves injections, there’s always some degree of pain involved. Botox has a higher pain level than dermal filler injections and therefore numbing agents are usually used before the injections to help reduce pain. Depending on your skin, however, you might find that a cold compress is more effective at soothing your face.
6. You may experience some side effects
Side effects are a natural part of having Botox or any treatment that involves injecting the skin. You might experience a degree of swelling to your face, especially if you’re targeting the forehead area. Swelling is a rare side effect and usually reduces after 24 hours. It may take a few days for the swelling and inflammation to disperse, depending on how your skin reacts.
Other side effects that you might experience include bruising of the skin and headaches. However, if you suffer from more extreme side effects like muscle weakness or vision problems, you should contact your doctor right away.
7. Proper aftercare will improve your recovery
Botox doesn’t require downtime after your treatment, which is why it’s popular as a lunchtime procedure. After your Botox treatment, there are still a few aftercare steps that you want to be aware of. You should avoid lying down or massaging the injected skin for the first 4 hours after your treatment, as this can cause the Botox to spread from the injection area.
You’ll want to wait at least 24 hours before exercising as increasing your blood flow can reduce the effectiveness of your Botox. You’ll also need to avoid wearing makeup or drinking alcohol during the same time frame. It’s also best to stay out of the sun for the first 48 hours post-treatment.
8. You don’t get immediate results
When you leave the clinic, you won’t have immediately visible results. It usually takes around 3-7 days for you to see a noticeable difference, with the full effects coming to the surface after 2 weeks. This timeframe differs for other areas of the face. If your Botox is for masseter reduction along your jawline, the results may take up to a month to appear.
9. Your clinic should provide a follow-up appointment
Depending on your skin and the desired effects that you want, some people need a little bit touch up so you may need to have a follow-up appointment a week after your treatment. Your clinic will be able to advise you as to whether it’s necessary. If it is, they’ll book you in for your next appointment before you leave.
Botox is a minimally invasive treatment that is becoming more accessible to the general public. While it has a myriad of benefits, you want to make sure you understand what your treatment will entail. There are plenty of clinics out to take your money and overcharge you. When you know what to expect from your Botox treatment, it’s easier to identify these red flags and choose the right clinic for you.
Metro Bangkok Clinic is a leading beauty design center in Thailand. We are one of only 5 approved clinics in Thailand that specialises mainly in Allergan Botox. Read more about Botox injections at Metro Bangkok Clinic or book an appointment. We look forward to welcoming you!
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