First, it’s helpful to understand Botox and how it works after being injected. Simply put, Botox is a medically purified form of Botulinum Toxin. Scientists realised that targeted injections of this toxin could block a nerve’s chemical signals. This prevented them from contracting, and therefore, the muscles surrounding the nerve relaxes.
While many people think of Botox as purely useful for facial aesthetics, it can actually be used to treat certain medical conditions. One of the benefits of Botox is that it can be used to treat excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), migraine headaches, and the jaw pain caused by TMJ.
In my clinic, most of my patients seek Botox injections to prevent or minimise fine lines and wrinkles on their face. However, as with any medical treatment, there are both pros and cons of Botox.
Botox Pros and Cons
Of course, I am a big advocate of Botox, as I have seen firsthand how amazing the results can be. That said, there are pros and cons to every aesthetic treatment.
Let’s start with the benefits of Botox.
- It’s scientifically proven – There is a huge body of evidence behind Botox, and it has been extensively tested for efficacy and safety.
- It’s a fast procedure – Most of my patients come to see me on their lunch break! The entire appointment, which includes a consultation, takes less than 30 minutes.
- It’s almost painless – In most people, Botox feels like a slight pinch or prick.
- There’s no downtime – You can get back to your regular routine almost immediately, just avoid heavy exercise for 24 hours. While some people experience minor bruising, a little concealer will cover it up.
- The results are almost immediate – You’ll see most the results within a few days, and the full result will be apparent within two weeks.
- It prevents new wrinkles from forming – Regular Botox injections can actually prevent the formation of new wrinkles. One of the long term effects of Botox on forehead is that it will keep your face smoother over time.
- It’s not permanent – This could be considered both one of the pros and cons of Botox – it’s only temporary. The results wear off within four months or so, so if you aren’t thrilled with how you look, you won’t have to wait too long.
- It’s customisable – I can develop a customised facial aesthetics plan for your needs and desires. For example, I can combine Botox jawline slimming with Profhilo injections and carefully places fillers to give you a stronger profile and more defined facial contours.
While I champion the pros of Botox, there can be some negatives. Some of my clients ask, “is Botox bad for you,” and the answer is no. However, it might not be the right treatment for everyone.
- It’s temporary – Yes, I just listed this as a ‘pro’ above! But Botox’s temporary nature can also be a negative, as you will need at least three treatments per year to keep your wrinkles and fine lines at bay.
- It takes 2 weeks to see the full results – If you are attending an important event in the next few days, Botox isn’t a quick fix. Remember, it can take up to two weeks to see the full effect.
- Your facial expressions may be more subdued – Botox works because it paralyses certain muscles. If your medical professional isn’t skilled, this can subdue some of your facial expressions, or you can look constantly surprised. However, this is rare.
Do you want to know more about the pros and cons of Botox? Get in touch today and let’s discuss the best options for your needs.