Are you surprised to know that Botox is almost everybody’s “first try” in medical aesthetics? The aesthetic scene in Singapore is dynamic as the affluent locals and travelers flock to Singapore to seek treatments and procedures of high standards. The extensive options of non-invasive aesthetics treatments for face, neck, and body slimming is unending, leaves every pursuer of beauty like a child in a candy store.
Non-surgical Aesthetic Treatments
People nowadays can resort to non-invasive procedures to prevent, slow down, or correct signs of aging. Popular aesthetic treatments include heat energy devices like Thermage or Ultherapy, HA fillers, skin-boosting injections, microdermabrasion, and laser hair removal. Aesthetics treatments can make a big difference in how much better a person can look and directly change a person’s perspective of life.
With all the variety, both men and women are taking into account all possibilities. Aesthetic doctors across the globe perform millions of non-invasive aesthetic treatments every year.
Medical aesthetic treatments in Singapore have been accepted increasingly by both men and women. It is an excellent middle-ground between the salons and the surgeons, capable of prominent evidence-based results without the bleeding and downtime.
The decreased negative connotations attached to them is probably one of the reasons why these treatments are increasingly popular. In a 2019 survey, 63 percent of women had aesthetics treatments done, and they are not ashamed if family, friends, and other people knew about it.
Non-surgical or non-invasive procedures make up more than half of aesthetic treatments conducted by plastic surgeons today, according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
It is still vital that men and women do their homework despite the increasing popularity of non-invasive aesthetic procedures. A simple procedure like chemical peel still carries potential risks, especially when the treatment is done by an insufficiently trained or even unqualified person.
Quick Non-surgical Aesthetic Treatment Tips
- Insurance companies rarely cover cosmetic procedures, which means that you will have to pay the entire cost of the aesthetic procedures.
- Many age-defying treatments like Thermage and Ultherapy is only done once a year, for some people one single treatment can last up to 2 years
- A qualified medical practitioner must do medical aesthetic treatments
- You might want to ask for references and talk to actual patients about the aesthetic specialist.
- The most qualified professionals available to perform non-surgical aesthetic procedures are cosmetic or plastic surgeons and dermatologists.
Why is Botox the Most Popular Aesthetic Treatment?
Amongst other benefits – Botox works instantly on wrinkle, frown lines and can give you a translucent glass-like glow!
Wrinkles form from either overactive muscles or the loss of collagen. Overactive muscles generally cause the lines in the top part of your face (from your hairline to below your eyes). These lines need to be treated with an Injectable Muscle Relaxant such as Botox. The lines in the bottom part of your face are caused by a loss of collagen. These lines can be treated with dermal fillers. Botox, injected intradermally just beneath the skin with the Dermalift technique can tighten pores and almost instantly give you the famous Korean ” transparent, glossy appearance.” Botox is a multi-tasker where looks are concerned.
What is Botox?
BOTOX is derived from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. This prescription medicine is made by Allergan, it can be injected in many techniques by skillful doctors. When injected into muscles, it improves the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows. It smoothens wrinkles, crow’s feet, and facial creases Botox is administered in small quantities as a non-surgical treatment that is entirely safe. It works by blocking nerve impulses of the injected muscles, reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines, and prevents them from getting deeper. When Botox is injected intradermally, just beneath the skin can tighten pores, reduce oil production. and give the face a fairy-like glow.
What are the Aesthetic Uses of Botox
Botox® (Botulinum Toxin Type A) is mainly used for the softening and smoothing of facial expression lines by temporarily blocking the chemical signals that make the muscle contract. Only a tiny amount is injected into particular muscles.
- Forehead Lines
- Frown lines (Glabellar)
- Crow’s Feet
- Smile lines (crows feet)
- Eyebrow lifts
- Jawline contouring
- Face slimming
Less commonly known uses of Botox
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive palm sweating)
- Teeth Grinding
How does Botox work?
Botox works to relax the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses. The result is muscles can no longer contract, and so the wrinkles relax and soften. It usually takes two to four days to see cosmetic improvement, and the effects tend to last from four to six months. Most patients require retreatment to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear, but after each injection, the wrinkles return as less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.
The treatment of lines and wrinkles with ‘BOTOX’ is a very safe procedure. During the consultation, doctors will look at what areas you require treating, complete your health questionnaire, and your informed consent. Following this, the doctor will chat about your proposed treatment plan.
Apart from the consultation, the actual procedure takes about 10 minutes. By using a tiny sterile needle – a small amount of product is injected into the desired area. As the needle is so tiny, pain is minimal local anesthetic is not required; however, an ice pack is available if you wish.
Following the Botox treatment, there may be slight redness and swelling at the injection sites, but this will subside shortly after. You might be provided with an aftercare leaflet, which is crucial that you follow the post-care instructions. It will minimize the risk of ‘BOTOX’ ‘tracking’ to any surrounding tissue before it has time to be fully absorbed into the desired muscle.
- Do not massage the treated area at all. If the area is washed, dry very gently with a soft towel. Do not rub the treated area for 48 hours.
- Do not bend excessively or lie down for at least 4 hours.
- Do not take a flight for the first 12 hours
- Do exercise the treated muscles by tensing them and relaxing them for the first hour after treatment.
- Botulinum toxin takes from 2 to 14 days to take full effect; it is dependent on the strength of the muscles injected and the individual’s response.
- If the degree of muscle relaxation is not as you would wish, you can request for a touch-up with the doctor
- Finally, Botulinum toxin treatment needs to be repeated. To maintain the effects; treatment is recommended every 3 to 6 months.
Frequently Asked Questions | BOTOX
Well-informed patients and regular Botox Singapore clients have practical concerns when they present for consulting rooms – asking questions such as:
Can anyone have the treatment?
Side effects of botox treatments are minimal. You may experience slight bruising from the injection sites, and maybe a small headache following treatment. But generally, the effects are temporary and mild.
It is suitable for almost anyone, and your doctor will advise any contraindications. If you are unsure, contact Dr. Cindy’s Medical Aesthetics for a consultation.
Will I look Frozen?
A common misconception about Botox is that it makes you look “frozen” and without expression – this is untrue and depends entirely on how your doctor injects and how much Botox gets injected. A soft, natural look is by far the most common request for Botox, and with experienced Botox injectors, your ideal look is easily achieved.
Frown lines (wrinkles between the eyebrows) crow’s feet (wrinkles around the eyes) and forehead lines (wrinkles in the forehead) appear because of persistent small muscle contractions. Wrinkles that are caused by persistent small muscle contractions need to be treated with an Injectable Muscle Relaxant such as Botox.
Will Botox remove all my wrinkles?
Botox injections will not improve “static” lines (lines which appear even when you’re not expressing yourself). These kinds of lines are caused by collagen loss. Usually, they require a resurfacing laser and or dermal fillers to achieve the desired result. When used before deep lines set in, these injections can quite often prevent them from forming.
When will the treatment work?
Some patients can feel the effect almost instantly, though generally, it can be from any time from Day 2 through to Day 14. You would typically receive a courtesy call a day after and a review around Day 14 after treatment. Should you decide to discontinue your treatment, your facial lines will eventually return to their pre-treatment appearance. You can expect the effects of Botulinum Toxin to last between 3 – 6 months; after this time, you will notice a gradual fading of the impact. This may be the time you wish to return for a repeat treatment.
Where is Botulinum Toxin made?
Botulinum Toxin is a natural purified protein, and it is manufactured by Allergan, a specialist pharmaceutical company. It has an excellent safety profile and has US FDA and European approval (including France and Switzerland).
How much does Botox cost?
It can be challenging to quote patients by email or by phone as people come in so many shapes and sizes. The number of units required will depend on your assessment. Men often need 1/3 more botox than women on average, so the prices of treatment can differ. Dr. Cindy’s Medical Aesthetic charges by units they inject, and they are known for their transparent pricing policy.
How many injections will I need?
Patients are often fearful that 50 units of botox will mean 50 injections! Botox is relatively stable and doesn’t migrate far from the injection point. This is a good thing – you don’t want Botox to move into a muscle that was not targeting. It does mean, however, that the doctor will have to inject individually into each site where he/she needs relaxation. Aesthetic Clinic usually injects 1/4 to 5 units per site. The number of injections will often be less than the number of units!
Is Botox painful?
Botox causes minimal pain to inject, and the results are well worth the few seconds of discomfort! Often, patients are asked to come 20 minutes earlier for complimentary topical anesthetic cream if they have any fear of pain or needles – this will ease the sting.
Will I bruise?
With botox, doctors inject patients with the tiniest available needles. It usually doesn’t leave any bruises, but the procedure involves needles, and as such, it can. Don’t take anti-inflammatories, drink alcohol, or take blood-thinning supplements such as omega 3 pre-procedure as it can increase the chance of bruising.
Why Aesthetic Clinic Singapore for Botox?
While Botox is a relatively simple injection, there is a considerable amount of technique and knowledge required for optimal results. Firstly – Botox should always be administered by a doctor and believe us – not just any Doctor, you are dealing with your face – stick to the best!
Here at Aesthetics Clinic Singapore, we only use the world’s leading technologies to deliver innovative, botox treatments to achieve quick and visible results.
To learn more about Botox Singapore or filler treatments, contact the clinic to schedule your consultation!
Are you getting the best result for your buck?
The difference between paying per unit or per area:
The beautiful thing about Botox® for the patient is that there are no studies to suggest any adverse long-term side effects from using the product. Botox is made for safe, accurate, and expected results. If you want your wrinkles softened, then there is no more popular treatment in the world than Botulinum toxin (Botox®, Dysport).
But then why do some patients’ treatments not last the full-expected duration? Or why are there reports of no result at all? The answer is not one that the patient wants to hear, but in essence: “you get what you pay”.
The doctor’s technique will also play a role in results and treatment duration. More accurately placed botox will work faster, last longer, and provide accurate and expected results.
Per unit vs. per area: This is a very distinct grey area for Botulinum toxin injections as both ideas if priced reasonably, make sense to the patient. Most Aesthetic Clinics prefer to work on the principle of fairness to the patient, and therefore charge per unit. I believe it benefits the patient because the price per unit is constant for all indications and gender – and it allows the doctor to offer solutions based on individual needs.
Fairness in charging Botox by units:
- Gender – males tend to receive almost double the number of units
- Simple vs complex frown – more complex, the more units
- Average units for treatment – average units per treatment vary between 16 – 20 units
Charging per unit allows both the patient and the doctor to work to a budget based on individual evaluations -with realistic expectations.
If you are serious about your aesthetic medicine treatments, do your homework before meeting your doctor. Don’t be shy to ask questions and always pay the going rate for your botox. You will save in the long run and benefit from achieved results.
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