Botox on the face: Pros and Cons

By Dr. TRACY MOUNTFORD, MBBS MBCAM

Botox for the face is a popular treatment thanks to its proven and much-loved results. It has come a long way with where it can be used. At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, our motto is to ensure you still have movement yet look wrinkle-free, refreshed, and rejuvenated. If you are thinking of getting Botox on your face but want to know more, we have got you covered with our list of Botox pros and cons you should know.

7 BOTOX PROS

  1. Proven to work

Botox is proven to work with millions of patients who are very happy with their results. There are currently over 2.5 million users across Europe who have tried and loved their Botox treatment. It’s FDA-approved and it reduces the appearance of wrinkles for 3-6 months.

  1. No recovery time

There is no downtime with Botox, and you can get back to your normal day-to-day activities right away. At most there may be very light bruising where you’ve injected but that can easily be covered up with makeup.

  1. Not permanent

There is beauty in Botox being a short-term method to reducing the effects of ageing. If you’re happy with your results and want to maintain it, you can go for your top-up treatment every couple of months. On the other hand, if you’re not happy with the results or if you’re ready to welcome the lines back, you can just let your Botox wear off and you go back to how you were.

We’re all different with our own preferences, so it’s great that you are in control over maintaining or letting things go back to normal.

  1. Fast and painless

A great benefit of Botox is it really take around 20 minutes to get done. The needles used for Botox are extremely fine, that patients don’t feel any pain and at most they feel a very mild sting. Also, after the treatment you don’t feel pain too.

  1. It even tackles migraines and more!

Many believe Botox’s only purpose is aesthetic related to getting rid of wrinkles, but it can help with migraines. It can also reduce excessive sweating in the armpits, palms and soles of the feet. It can even help patients who grind their teeth which can make their jaw look wider. Botox is used as a jaw/face slimming treatment too.

  1. The risks are minimal

Botox is a relatively low-risk, safe treatment. Most risks come from the injector not being experienced or trained to administer Botox. So, to keep the risks to a minimum, only choose qualified and experienced Botox professionals who are trained to give Botox injections. Stick with a clinic that has a great track record, like The Cosmetic Skin Clinic.

  1. Results are quick

Botox results in smooth, wrinkle and line free skin and can be seen in as little as 5-7 days.

5 BOTOX CONS

  1. It’s not permanent

Yes, this is on the pros and the cons list because it can be a good and bad thing. If you love your Botox results, then you will have to make the commitment to maintain it with regular repeat treatments every 3-4 months. Wanting a wrinkle-free look requires dedication.

  1. Cost

Botox isn’t permanent so to maintain the results, you must keep consistent with your repeat treatments and Botox cost. It should be remembered; It is however still less expensive than other surgical alternatives.

  1. Side effects

Botox is a relatively safe treatment and if performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner, any possible side effects are substantially minimised. The most common possible side effects are

  • Slight bruising
  • Skin redness
  • Swelling
  • Headaches (but only 10% of patients may get this on their first treatment)

At your consultation an expert practitioner should always discuss the risks and side effects associated with a Botox treatment.

We cannot stress enough that Botox should only be administered by a qualified and experienced medical professional, who can explain and minimise any side effect concerns you have.

  1. A few facial expressions can be lost

The concept of Botox is to act as a muscle relaxant by blocking the nerve endings between the muscles from reacting. If improperly injected, it can negatively affect the appearance leaving you with a constant frown or surprised look. However, the frozen face is a thing of the past if you choose experienced and trained practitioners to do your Botox.

  1. You might not get the results you want on the first go

We all want immediate results but depending on how advanced your lines and wrinkles are, you may require a second top-up earlier than most. However, if your Practitioner is experienced and trained like our team in London and Buckinghamshire, you will get the results you want because they understand the anatomy of the face and have advanced Botox injecting skills.

Botox pros and cons are what you should consider before having a Botox treatment. Never rush into the decision and do your research. Depending on the results you want, Botox can be paired with Dermal Fillers. When you’re ready to begin your Botox journey, book a consultation with our Botox London or Buckinghamshire clinic team who are ready to help you achieve the results you want and answer any questions you have.

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Our Stoke Poges botox clinic is easily commutable from the following surrounding areas: Amersham, Ascot, Aylesbury, Chalfont St Peter, Chesham, Chinnor, Chorleywood, Cookham, Cowley, Gerrards Cross, Little Chalfont, Maidenhead, Marlow, Oxford, Princes Risborough, Richmond, Rickmansworth, Sunningdale, Slough, Thame, Uxbridge, Wallingford, Watlington, Wembley, Wendover, Weybridge, Great Missenden, Haddenham, Harrow, Hayes, Hazelmere, Headington, Henley-on-Thames, High Wycombe, Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Giles, Kingston upon Thames, Windsor and Woking.

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