As you get a bit older, it’s an absolute inevitability that you’ll start to see frown lines and crow’s feet putting in an appearance. There’s no need to panic and it happens to everyone but if you’d like to put a halt to the ageing process for the time being, then booking an appointment for Botox at a Staffordshire clinic like Weston Cosmetic could be a great idea.
What is Botox?
Botox itself is a prescription medicine that is injected into the muscles in your face to temporarily improve and smoothen the look of moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. The good news is that you may begin to see results within 24 to 48 hours of your treatment, with results lasting up to four months.
Wrinkles appear for a number of different reasons, from the passage of time and a reduction of collagen to damage caused by the sun and our everyday environment. When you frown, the muscles between your eyebrows contract which makes your skin fold, and when you squint the muscles around your eyes do the same – which results in crow’s feet. Botox works by targeting the muscles underneath the skin’s surface, temporarily reducing the activity of said muscles.
What to expect
So what can you expect from your Botox appointment? You’ll be pleased to hear that it shouldn’t be painful. Lots of people who have the treatment say it feels something like a little pinch but you can ask your Botox specialist to use ice to numb the area they’re going to treat if you’re nervous. A numbing cream can also be used so make sure you chat to your clinician to help allay your fears.
Another plus point about booking Botox treatments is that it really doesn’t take very long at all. It should take around ten minutes to complete the procedure so you’ll be out and about before you know it. It’s that quick, in fact, that it’s often referred to as a lunchtime procedure since there’s very little recovery or downtime required. Once the treatment has taken place, you can head out into the outside world, whether that’s back to work or home to put your feet up.
What to do
When choosing a specialist, find out if they have medical expertise in facial anatomy, how long they’ve been doing these procedures and if they’ll do a follow-up visit after your treatment. It would also be worth asking to see before and after photos of previous patients so you know what to expect.