WANT TO KNOW THE SECRET TO LOOKING YOUNG & CONFIDENT?
Unfortunately with the existence of gravity, aging takes its course and smile lines, crows feet and forehead wrinkles begin to show. It can sometimes be unsightly and sometimes, all you want to do is to get rid of it. Thanks to the brains behind the creation of BTA (Botulinum Toxin A), commonly knows as Botox, you now have an option to get rid of ’em pesky lines.
However, I am aware that many are afraid to take the plunge due to factors such as fear, uncertainty, costs etc. I thought I’d help you answer 10 of the most common questions about Botox and fillers. So, let’s get started.
1) What is the difference between BTA (Botox) and Dermal Fillers?
Botox injection is used to treat wrinkles on the upper face and around they eyes. It involves injecting purified botulinum toxin into specific facial muscles, relaxing those muscles to create a smooth appearance.
Dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM, Restylane and Perlane are also used to correct wrinkles, but its primary purpose is to plump facial features such as your cheeks, chin and lips.
2) Is BTA (Botox) and dermal fillers safe?
Dermal fillers such as BOTOX Cosmetic and JUVÉDERM dermal fillers are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). What does that mean? Basically, it has proven to be very safe when administered correctly by an experienced medical aesthetician. Extensive clinical data on its safety and effectiveness have been reviewed by the FDA prior to approval.
3) How long does the procedure take?
After consultation, the procedure only takes about 15 minutes or so.
4) How long is the downtime after BTA (Botox)/Dermal Fillers treatment?
Dermal fillers would require a week of down depending on which part of your face was treated eg. your lips could potentially swell for a week or so. However, bruising and swelling is minimal or nonexistent after a Botox treatment.
5) How quickly does it take effect?
It usually takes up to 14 days for it to take full effect.
6) Does it hurt?
Well, anything that involves a needles usually causes a little bit of pain. But, most people who have tried Botox says it feels like a slight pinch, that’s all.
7) Are there side effects?
As with all medical treatment, there are potential side effects and Botox discloses the list. However, rest assured that these adverse reactions and side effects are extremely rare.
8) How long will BTA (Botox) and dermal fillers last?
This varies with individuals. It all depends on age, depth of wrinkles and folds etc. Averagely, fillers will last between 4 to 12 months.
9) Will I look fake?
If you’re worried you will end up looking like a small fraction of celebrities, then fret not, as they use a poor combination of bad plastic surgery and medical aesthetics. If done properly by experienced practitioners, you will only look natural, younger, relaxed and refreshed without looking stiff and expressionless.
10) Can I continue with my normal day-to-day routine after treatment?
Definitely yes. However, try to avoid direct sun exposure and refrain from rigorous workouts during the first 6 hours after treatment.
If you’re contemplating to give Botox or Dermal Fillers a try, but would like to find out more before taking that step of faith, feel free to talk to Dr. Jed Yeow, our resident Aesthetics Practitioner with over 8 years of experience!
Dr. Teo Jed Yeow
Cosmetic & Aesthetic Physician