Botox, cosmetic fillers and other similar cosmetic injections are becoming increasingly popular for treating ageing and expression lines, with some people even going as far to have “preventative” injections.
If you’re at a point in your life where you are thinking of having one or more of these cosmetic treatments, there are certain aspects of the procedure you will need to consider before you make an appointment at a surgeon or doctor’s office.
Instead of smoothing or tightening the skin, injecting filler will be able to change the facial profile to a youthful one. Injecting filler under the skin can help to fill in deep folds, such nasolabial folds which are also referred to as bracket lines. They run from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth and create fuller lips whilst padding out hollow cheeks and eyes. For some time collagen has been used as the standard filler, but now hyaluronic acid has become the filler of choice.
How Long Do Fillers Last?
In short, hyaluronic acid fillers last for six to 12 months. However, synthetic fillers such as Radiesse last for 12 to 18 months. Further to these two options, fat transfers (this is when your own body fat is taken from another body part, processed and injected into your face) can last for several years, however there is a high chance the fat won’t remain for very long and will be reabsorbed into the body.
How Much Do They Cost?
Typically, a single unit of non-fat filler will cost about $500-600. If you wanted to treat the lines around the mouth, for example, you would need one ampoule of filler, and with treatment fees it would cost approximately $600-800. Fat fillers can cost you thousands.
Do They Hurt?
These cosmetic injections will hurt, and the pain will vary depending on the patient and the area being injected. In places such as the nasolabial area there can often be some short-term burning. Typically, anaesthetic is used for lips, as the injections will cause a slight stinging sensation lasting only for a short time during the post-operation period.
Are There Any Risks Involved?
The most common side effects are bruising, infection and allergic reaction. You will need to be aware of permanent fillers, which can cause significant and long-term side effects.
The anti-ageing properties of cosmetic injections such as botox and disport are likely to be found to be used on many celebrities in Hollywood, and can be found on everyday people who are able to afford it. Botox helps relax the facial muscles, thus preventing skin from creasing and causing wrinkles. These cosmetic injections are effective for eliminating frowns and surprise lines on the foreheads and crow’s feet around the eyes.
Where Can You Get Botox?
It is a prescription-only drug and those looking to save on price by doing it themselves, are exposing themselves to significant dangers and side effects if it isn’t injected correctly.
How Much Does It Cost?
This will all depend on how much is injected. Also, the number of units you’ll need will depend on how active your muscles are. Typically, the price of a single unit is between $9-15. To treat your forehead will you need somewhere between 10 to 20 units, which will cost you between $90 and $300, depending on how much your surgeon charges.
Does It Hurt?
The pain is very similar to that of an ant bite and only lasts for a few seconds.
How Long Does it Last?
They can last anywhere between three to four months, but can last longer with regular treatment.
Non-cosmetic uses for Botox
Botox is a material used for a host of non-cosmetic medical conditions. It can assist those suffering from MS or cerebral palsy, as well as those who suffer from teeth grinding, incontinence and much more.
Excessive sweating can be treated by paralysing the sweat glands. It can also be used on the armpits, face, hands and feet, and can often be covered by Medicare. Injected into the underarm area, Botox can relieve excessive sweating for more than six months and in some cases for more than a year.