Following on from my previous blog, I went back to visit Dr Don at New Life Aesthetics for Botox. Botox is something I often get asked about as in my experience it is the most common cosmetic procedure most people chose to have done. It is so fast you actually hear of people having it done in their lunch breaks. But like all cosmetic procedures it is something to be taken seriously so here I answer some commonly asked questions to give you all the information you should need before making this decision.

So what is botox?

 “Botox” is the only approved treatment to temporarily improve the appearance of wrinkles. 

A cosmetic result is achieved by selectively weakening muscle groups, the degree of which can be carefully managed, to reduce contracting activity for a desired aesthetic effect.

How long will it take to work?

After Botox injections a smoothing effect is seen. Full effects of each treatment are expected within 5-7 days, with effects lasting 3-6 months.

Will it hurt?

‘it will feel like a sharp scratch’ I didn’t find it painful, and I could hardly feel it at all surprisingly. 

Will I get bruising?

I personally had no bruising at all, and you wouldn’t have even noticed the little dots where the needles had gone in. 

Will I look like I can”t move my face?

The ‘frozen’ look is achieved from having a large amount of botox injected. It is usually achieved over time and is a look people want and chose to have. It is a big fear for a lot of people and it is a misconception that this is the typical results from botox. Nowadays people are choosing to have the more natural look, the buzz word for this is “baby botox”, it is a smaller dose being injected. Dr Don likes to start with a smaller amount, this way he will see how affective the Botox is and if you will then need more, rather than giving you a large amount in one go, which can result in the dreaded frozen look.

Will anyone notice?

Nobody noticed mine unless I specifically told them and then they could see the difference. If you are going for the ‘baby botox option” then it wont be obvious that you have had anything done. You will probably just get people saying things like “you look well” or “you look less tired” this is what happened to me and for this is the perfect amount. 

Will I have to continue forever?

No, if you have it once and then never again your lines will be no worse than before. 

Will my lines reduce over time?

If I look back to pre botox the difference in my frown line is huge, even when I didn’t have botox for a while, the frown line did not go back to any way near as bad as it was back then. 

What aftercare will I need to follow?

You will need to sit up for 4-6 afterwards, so I would recommend not having it just before bed time. 

The next day you can put makeup on, but avoid any areas of open skin. 

Use clean hands/ makeup brushes to avoid infection.

Avoid exercise plus steam and sauna for 24 hours. 

When should I come back for my follow up appointment?

Usually after 2 weeks, as this will allow enough time for the Botox to fully start working. You can then discuss with Dr Don if you require more or are happy with the original amount. After the initial treatment Dr Don will have a better idea of how Botox works with you and you’re body and be able to give you the perfect amount. 

I have been having Botox for the last few years. I have a deep frown line which is partly hereditary but also due to my work and me having to constantly look at things close up, the combination of the two has made the line significantly bad compared to any other lines and it is something that really bothers me. I definitely don’t want the frozen look, or it to make any huge changes to my face, I just want it to be less obvious and not the first thing I notice when I see a photo of myself.

After the Botox I feel like the line has significantly reduced and it doesn’t bother me at all! I am so happy with my Botox results and have been recommending Dr Don to all of my clients. If you would like to book in for a consultation with him, you can so by contacting him at New Life Aesthetics by visiting their website or giving them a call on07305800057/  02082868858

I went off on holiday just after my treatment so was not able to go back for my after photo. But here you can see me line free whilst on holiday!!