About the procedure
Botox® is the brand name for a cosmetic injectable protein called clostridium botulinum. While there are other anti-wrinkle injection brands, like Dysport and Xeomin, Botox® is arguably the most common as it was the first brand of cosmetic injectable. This is why the brand name is now commonly used for the treatment. It’s a bit like using the term ‘Uber’ instead of ‘ride-share’ – it’s part of the common vernacular now.
What is Botox used for?
Botox® is a safe way to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines such as crow’s feet. It relaxes the muscles in those areas so deep grooves and creases are less visible and cannot continue to deepen over time. It is often confused with fillers which are used to plump up the lower part of the face. Instead, Botox® is used for the top part of the face which ages as we express emotions. Botox® is also used effectively for medical conditions. It provides relief from migraines, incontinence, excessive sweating, joint pain, muscle spasms, twitching and even allergies like sneezing.
What does Botox do?
Botox® is usually injected in facial areas like the chin, around the mouth, forehead, cheeks, and eyes to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Injectables like Botox® block the nerves to muscles in these areas to stop them from contracting. When this happens muscles become almost paralysed which produces a more rested look lessening the appearance of wrinkles. This effect is not permanent but requires less treatment over time.
How much is Botox?
Botox® cost varies between clinics and countries. With Asthetica, Botox® anti-wrinkle injections are still a fraction of the cost compared to the UK and Australia. Please see our FAQs for Botox® costs in UK, Botox® cost in Australia and what Asthetica’s prices are. You can expect to pay up to 50% less for your Botox ®injectables with Asthetica. Our anti-wrinkle injections are often added on to our clients’ packages for an extra enhancement as part of other procedures.
Who is a good candidate for Botox?
Ideal candidates for Botox®:
✓have fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes or forehead
✓would like to enhance their appearance and gain a more youthful look
✓are in good general physical health
✓ have realistic expectations – this is not a permanent solution
✓may have an aversion to surgery
Botox® is not suitable for people who:
X have a neuromuscular disease such as multiple sclerosis
X have allergies to the ingredients in Botox®, such as the same protein in eggs
X are pregnant or breastfeeding
X have diabetes, a severe infection, breathing issues, bleeding problems or are currently taking antibiotics.
What are the benefits of Botox?
There are considerable benefits of getting Botox® anti-wrinkle injections.
✓Botox effectively reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
✓it’s non-surgical and convenient.
✓downtime and recovery time is very quick.
✓frown line Botox® treatment can help you feel more optimistic as you’re physically stopped from furrowing your brows.
✓not permanent. This can be an attractive option for those not wanting surgery
✓if treating the same area over time, less Botox® needs to be administered.
✓administered in less than an hour, sometimes within minutes.
✓having Botox® in one area of the face can help rejuvenate and balance the whole facial profile.
✓ Botox® injectables can help increase self-confidence and self-assurance.