Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world – and for very good reason. It’s safe, affordable and can do wonders for keeping the wrinkles at bay and helping you maintain a youthful complexion.

Still on the fence about getting Botox? This blog post is for you. Read on to learn more about Botox and get insider tips on how to get the best possible results from your treatment.

What is Botox?

Botox is the brand name of botulinum toxin, a substance that is naturally produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Since the late 1970s, Botox has been used to treat a wide range of muscular issues, including crossed eyes, eyelid spasms, cervical dystonia and excessive sweating. Today, Botox is primarily used cosmetically to improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Botox works by preventing your facial muscles from contracting. When Botox is injected into muscle tissue, it disrupts the nerve signalling processes that stimulate muscle contractions. This relaxes the muscle and helps smooth out dynamic wrinkles – the lines that develop as a result of repeated facial movements such as smiling, frowning and squinting.

How to get the best results

Botox can be a very effective tool for combating the signs of aging and helping you achieve a natural, smoother look. Below are five key tips to help you get the most out of your Botox treatment.

1. Think about when you want to start treatment

Everyone ages differently and everyone has unique cosmetic goals, which means there’s no definitive “best” time to start getting Botox. Many people start getting Botox in their late 20s and early 30s, which is when skin cell turnover and collagen production start to taper off and the signs of aging gradually become more visible.

For people in their 30s and 40s, Botox treatments can be effective for treating early wrinkles before they have a chance to set in. For people in their 50s and 60s, Botox can soften lines and help create a fresh, rejuvenated look.

2. Choose the right cosmetic clinic

There are dozens of Botox providers in New Zealand – the key is to find the right one for your needs. To start with, narrow your search to qualified experienced practitioners with the support of a Specialist in a medical facility. These practices offer a high level of experience and specialist expertise, and can help you achieve your goals while minimising the risk of complications.

Next, talk to your friends or call the clinic, and check out before and after results to see if their work aligns with your desired aesthetic. Once you’ve found a good candidate, schedule a consultation to get a feel for their treatment philosophy. Remember, this is a collaborative effort, so it’s important to find a Botox provider who respects your concerns and desires.

3. Discuss your aesthetic goals with your physician

During your initial consultation with your Botox provider, you’ll have the opportunity to discuss your unique aesthetic goals. Your provider will offer their professional advice and outline a range of appropriate treatment options. Remember that every face is unique, so an effective treatment plan includes the best option for you, one treatment plan does not suit all.

Your provider may also be able to offer insight into lifestyle factors that may affect the aging process such as diet and exercise, and exposure to stress, air pollution and smoking. This will help set the foundation for your treatment plan, so don’t be afraid to speak candidly and ask lots of questions.

4. Think about your budget

Botox is not permanent. Results typically last for about three to six months depending on how your body responds and the area you wish to target. If you like the results, you might decide to have more treatments in the future.

With this in mind, it’s important to think about your budget and discuss it with your practitioner. This will ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to your Botox treatment plan.

5. Follow aftercare instructions

To get the best results, it’s crucial that you follow the aftercare instructions you are given. You may be advised to:

Avoid rubbing or massaging the treated area for a few hours after treatment
Avoid strenuous activity for 24 hours after treatment
Keep your head upright for a few hours after treatment
Avoid wearing tightly fitted headwear

Contact the SkinCentre today

Combining personalised care with a high level of experience and specialist expertise, Skin Centre is the provider of choice when it comes to natural-looking Botox. Call us today for a complimentary confidential consultation and discover how we can help you achieve the look that suits you.

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