Are you the type of person who wakes up in the morning and the first thing you do is to check your face in the mirror and look for wrinkles? Ridiculous for others, but there are a few people who actually do this. You cannot blame them, of course. There are professions which actually capitalise on people’s faces. Think of celebrities and skincare endorsers. Aside from that, there are also individuals who always want to look young — perpetually, if need be! Alas, the fountain of youth has yet to be found.
And so, our body continues to grow old and as it does, it takes little time for ageing symptoms to begin showing on our faces. Wrinkles and fine lines are the most common skin ageing problems that people wish to get rid of. There are a lot of procedures to treat these symptoms, but this article will focus on one treatment that has grown popular over the years.
Let’s talk about Botox
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxin taken from an organism called Clostridium botulinum. It is known to be a poisonous substance that can wipe out all of the people from the Earth’s surface with just two kilograms! Not to worry though. When administered correctly in really small amounts, Botox is safe and able to help in treating certain diseases and skin conditions. This procedure is very effective in reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
Best candidates for Botox
According to HealthAscent, anyone who wants to achieve wrinkle-free skin is a good candidate for Botox, as long as they are not allergic to the substance or any of its ingredients. Botox is also not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
How it works
As a cosmetic procedure, Botox is used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Our facial muscles move when it receives a neurotransmitter called Acetylcholine that triggers it to contract. When an exceptionally small amount of Botox is injected into the muscles of the face, it works to paralyze the muscles by impeding the nerve cells from transmitting signals from the brain to reach the muscles.
Aside from being effective in the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines, Botox can also be used to treat the following facial disorders and skin conditions:
- Blepharospasm (eyelid spasm)
- Crow’s feet
- Glabellar lines
- Hemifacial spasm
How it is done
Botox is prepared by using saline to dilute its powdered form. Once the substance is ready, a safe amount is injected into the skin, penetrating to reach the neuromuscular tissue. The step is repeated, making sure that the size of the area that needs the treatment is covered. The number of injections that you need will depend on this also. If your pain tolerance is low, you may request your doctor to numb the target area before injecting the substance.
Botox is a quick and non-surgical procedure. Patients can immediately return to their normal activities after the treatment is completed.
Following the procedure, patients are advised not to rub or massage the area where Botox has been administered. This is to avoid the spreading of the toxin to other parts of the muscles. Expect the toxin to take effect within the next two to three days.
Possible risks and side effects
There are several risks and side effects that patients may experience from Botox. These are:
- Breathing problems
- Brow ptosis
- Dry mouth
- The fluid build-up at the treated area
- Flu-like symptoms
- Inflammation at the treated area
- Neck weakness
- Temporary paralysis of surrounding muscle tissues
- Trouble talking or swallowing
It is best to inform your doctor immediately if you feel any of these symptoms arise following your Botox treatment.
Cost of Botox in Singapore
Recommended doctors in Singapore like Dr Cy Chua from Veritas says that Botox actually could last forever and the total cost of your Botox treatment will depend on the number of areas that needs treatment and the brand used. The rate starts at $100 and can reach up to $2,000. Below is an approximate estimation of costs charged according to treatment area:
- Chin dimpling – $100 to $400
- Crow’s feet – $200 to $600
- Forehead fine lines – $200 to $800
- Frown lines (Glabellar) – $200 to $700
- Jaw contouring – $400 to $2,000
Botox brands in Singapore
There are currently 3 Botox brands that are HSA-approved and are widely used in Singapore. These are:
The effectiveness and price of each brand are different. The cheapest brand among the three is Dysport. However, despite its cheap pricing, Dysport has a proven track record and its effect manifests quicker than the other two. The longevity of results is fairly similar among all three brands.
Choosing your doctor
One very crucial factor in getting Botox is finding the right doctor to administer your treatment. Remember that Botox is an extremely dangerous and poisonous drug. When given incorrectly, results can result in several risks and side effects, if not fatal. Likewise, choose a doctor that only uses legitimate Botox substances.
Searching for doctors nowadays is easy. You can always turn to reliable family and friends who have undergone the treatment for recommendations. You may also ask other doctors for their referrals. If not, you can search the internet for reputable and highly rated clinics or licensed medical practitioners that offer this kind of service. There are a lot of blogger reviews that you can read—some bloggers do tell all: the good, the bad, and even the ugly.