When it comes to anti-ageing treatments, there is a common procedure that tends to be on the lips of most men and women. Botox injections have continued to soar in popularity, treating everything from reducing fine lines and wrinkles, to plumping the lips and erasing those frown lines. As time has moved on, the demographic for Botox has changed. This treatment is no longer for older women wanting to reduce the signs of aging, but for younger women wishing to contour their face, influencing by the rise of reality TV.
As injectable fillers have grown in popularity, more and more people are asking the question “Is Botox right for me?”- In order to answer this question, there are a number of other questions you must first ask yourself.
How realistic are my expectations?
One of the most important things you can ask yourself before going ahead with injectable facial fillers, is “are my expectations realistic”. Try not to convince yourself that a course of Botox will cover up every perceived flaw on your face. It is important to do plenty of research, including looking at before and after pictures, to understand what you can expect from the treatment, and the limitations that the procedure has. For more dramatic results, patients will opt for cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift. However this also carries more surgical risks.
Will I be able to afford the maintenance of Botox?
Facial fillers are known to last for 3-6 months, so you will have to top them up regularly, which can be an expensive treatment to maintain. Also, fillers such as Botox, can only used to treat wrinkles that are caused by muscles in the face continuously moving, such as forehead wrinkles. If you are unhappy with your results, you can always have more treatments to build up the work that has been done. However is you aren’t happy with the way it looks, or you feel your face has been over-filled, you must wait for the effects to wear off. The cost of Botox can amount to thousands of pounds a year, so bare this is mind before committing yourself. Seeing positive results fade away and not being able to afford to keep them up can lead to low self-esteem.
Are injectable fillers worth the risk?
There are side effects from all medical and cosmetic procedures and this remains true for injectables. Never consent to a procedure, where you aren’t fully aware of what could potentially go wrong. The practitioner carrying out the procedure should make you aware of all the risks before hand, but this isn’t an excuse for you not going out and doing your own research. Most reactions to Botox and other dermal fillers are superficial, such as swelling or redness. However there have been known to be other, more serious risks such as paralysis and allergic reactions, which can be life threatening.
If you have had cosmetic injectables and suffered as a result, contact one of our cosmetic surgery solicitors, as we may be able to help. The growing popularity of these procedures unfortunately means that there are a number of under qualified beauticians administering dermal fillers without due care and attention, which is leading to more incidents of fillers going wrong.
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