In the UK, cosmetic procedures are on the rise. 21% of the entire population has had some form of cosmetic treatment before. Perhaps you want to have some work done, but aren’t comfortable going under the knife. For that, there’s Botox, an injection that can smooth away your wrinkles and make you look years younger. In this article, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about getting Botox and how to get the best results possible.

What Is Botox?

It’s an injection used to smooth out wrinkles. This is because it freezes up your muscles, making it so there are fewer muscle contractions.

It’s made from a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. In the past, you may have heard about people getting botulism poisoning from canned foods. If you’re wondering if it’s from the same bacteria as with Botox injections, then you’d be right.

So wouldn’t that make it dangerous?

The thing is, the amount of Clostridium botulism in each injection is so small, it’d never be life-threatening. Plus, if you have an experienced and licensed physician administering the injection, then there should be minimal risks associated with it.

What Is Botox Used For?

Most people know it as a cosmetic procedure used for smoothing out wrinkles. But did you know there are several other medical uses for it too?

It was originally used in the 1970s to treat strabismus, or crossed eyes. It wasn’t until the ’80s when a patient with blepharospasm (uncontrollable blinking and spasms in the eye) noticed when she got injections in her forehead, the wrinkles there disappeared.

So we know Botox can treat strabismus and blepharospasm. But what else?

This injection can treat medical conditions such as:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Cervical dystonia (spasms in the neck and shoulder)
  • Overactive bladder
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Upper limb spasticity in people who’ve had strokes

There are also some off-label uses for Botox, such as achalasia (difficulty swallowing), sialorrhea (production of excessive saliva), hay fever, and cerebral palsy.

Where Can Botox Be Injected?

You can get Botox injections in a wide variety of sites on your body. For example, you can get it in your scalp, armpits, back, buttocks, hands, or feet if you have hyperhidrosis.

But mainly, you’d get Botox in your face, regardless of if it’s for cosmetic or medical purposes.

The parts of your face where you can get Botox injections include:

  • Between your eyebrows
  • Across your eyebrows (for frown lines)
  • Forehead
  • Crow’s feet
  • Under the eyes
  • Bunny lines (sides of your nose)
  • Lip
  • Chin
  • Jaw

All these areas are subject to wrinkles and fine lines.

Who Should Consider Getting Botox?

You may think only older women with prominent wrinkles should get Botox, but the truth is, you can start as early as 20!

That’s not to say you’ll have wrinkles at age 20 and will need to get rid of them. Nowadays, many younger women are getting Botox as a preventative measure.

This is because wrinkles are formed when you do a particular facial motion often. Over the years, the wrinkles will become deeper and more noticeable. If you can tackle these wrinkles preemptively, then the wrinkles you get when you’re older won’t be as dramatic.

How to Get the Best Botox Results

To get the best Botox results, you should go as natural as possible. Otherwise, you’ll get that paralysed, doll-face look that many celebrities get.

How do you do this? By getting fewer injections than you think you need.

In general, the younger you are, the smaller injections you’ll need. If you get too many Botox injections, it’ll freeze too many of your muscles, which can result in you looking like your entire face is paralysed.

The best thing you should do is get an initial consultation with your Botox provider. If they’re good and reputable, they’ll do a thorough examination of your face, including having you smile, frown, raise your eyebrows, etc. They can then assess where the problem areas are and how much treatment you need.

Your doctor can always make a suggestion for how much Botox to get, but we’d suggest going under rather than over.

If you feel like the injections weren’t 100% effective, you can always go back for more. But if they’re excessive, there’s nothing you can do about it besides wait it out.

Best Places to Get Botox

You may have heard of women having Botox parties, and are thinking of joining in on the fun. But the truth is, Botox is an injection that can be potentially dangerous, so don’t give those Botox parties a second thought.

The majority of these women aren’t trained professionals, and there’s often some alcohol involved. Do you really want someone who’s tipsy to be prodding your face with a needle and syringe full of botulism bacteria?

Instead, you should choose a private practice that has board-certified physicians on staff. This means they’re trained in all things medical—they’ll have years of experience and knowledge to give you proper injections with minimal bleeding and bruising.

Other Botox Tips

A week before your injections, try to avoid blood thinners, as well as anything full of antioxidants, such as green tea, red wine, and fish oil. All of these may cause more bruising.

Results aren’t instantaneous; they may take anywhere from a few days to two weeks for you to see any noticeable changes.

To get the most out of your Botox injections, you should avoid smoking, drinking alcohol, doing strenuous activities, and being out in the sun.

If you want to keep up with your fabulous results, you should aim to go back for injections every 3 to 4 months.

Turn Back the Hands of Time with Botox Injections

Getting Botox doesn’t have to be a harrowing ordeal. By seeking out the right professionals for the job, you’ll have a quick and easy time getting this treatment done.

So if you’re feeling self-conscious about your wrinkles and want something done about it, consider getting Botox from the experts at Komao Medical. Our doctors are thoroughly trained and have years of experience.

Ready for your Botox injection? Then book a consultation with us now!