Why Botox Is More Beneficial Than You Think

Posted on September 18th, 2018

BotoxOne of the most common complaints from people who visit a cosmetic specialist for Botox injections is that they have too many wrinkles. However, rather than put up with them – which can be detrimental to your self-esteem, you can do something about them – something that’s safe and FDA-approved. Botox injections have long been known as an effective and beneficial treatment for wrinkles, but are you aware of the other benefits?

No More Drooping Brows

We use facial expressions to show others how we are feeling – all without using our language. When we frown, people know we are angry or concerned, and when we smile, people know we are happy. However, what if your facial expressions didn’t show how you were feeling? That’s the reality for people with dropping brows. Even if you are feeling happy and okay, your eyebrows can make you look angry, tired, and even older than you are. Botox, however, can lift your eyebrows and stop them from drooping.

Migraine Alleviation

There is a range of treatment options on the market for migraines, but did you know that Botox injections are one of them? While it won’t help you with the pain, it does help with the symptoms such as sensitivity to light, overall management of the discomfort, and nausea.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Botox

Posted on March 14th, 2018

Botox Injections

Many people shy away from the idea of Botox injections because they feel it’s something that only celebrities get. In fact, there is a stigma attached to such treatment, making people feel vain when they shouldn’t. Botox injections and other cosmetic fillers can help a range of people in a variety of situations, and you should never feel embarrassed or ashamed if you want to consider getting it.

Before you do, however, have a read through some of the most commonly asked questions about the treatment.

What are Botox Injections?

Botox is the brand name of a cosmetic botulinum injection that helps to relax your muscles while reducing lines and wrinkles in the process. Often, people get a lot of lines and wrinkles because their facial muscles are overactive. Botox injections work to relax these muscles which equates to a smoother face with fewer imperfections.

Are Botox Injections Something I Should Consider?

Choosing to get Botox is a very personal choice and one you need to make for yourself. No one can force you into it. However, if you find that you’re self-conscious about your appearance, lines, and wrinkles, Botox injections may help. They can reduce crow’s feet, creases in your forehead, frown lines, and even help to smooth out lines in your neck, lips, and other areas. Talk to a Botox injections specialist if you want to find out more.

How Much Do Botox Injections Cost?

The most important consideration about getting Botox shouldn’t be the cost, but rather the quality and safety. Always opt for the best and most qualified technician, rather than who is most affordable. However, in Australia, each unit is around 15-20 dollars, with up to 50 units or more per session. The price and quantity can depend on what treatment package you are selecting.

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How Much Do Botox Injections Cost?

Posted on August 24th, 2017

botox-injectionIf you are considering anti-wrinkle treatment such as Botox injections, you’ll want to know upfront how much it costs. When you make an appointment, often this won’t be discussed over the phone because it might depend on just how much treatment is needed and the doctor can only decide this after examining you.  They don’t want to risk telling you the wrong price, so they prefer to wait.

However, how doctors charge can vary. Some charge by the amount of Botox used, so it is a cost per ampoule; others charge by facial zone, so if you have only eyebrow treatment done, that is one charge, while if you have forehead and eyes treated you’ll the charged for two zones.  Others may charge per time + the cost of the Botox.

However, generally speaking the cost is worked out by how much Botox is used, because the treatment only takes a few minutes, depending on how much you have done, and how active your muscles are. For someone whose muscles are highly active, more Botox will be needed to ensure they don’t move.

Botox is sold by the unit and a single unit costs $9-15.  While that doesn’t seem much, it is likely to take between 10 and 20 units to treat one area such as the forehead, so the cost can escalate quickly and can end up somewhere between $90 and $300 for just one zone or area of the face. If you are having two areas treated, the cost can double.

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14 Tips to Look Your Best at Work – and Why it Matters

Posted on January 27th, 2017

botox for businessSome women go to the extreme and get Botox injections to ensure they look good at work. If you don’t have any wrinkles yet, the best idea is to make sure you dress appropriately for your industry. People who don’t dress correctly may be noticed for all the wrong reasons and this can affect their chance for promotion. Here is a list of tips to help you get it right.

  • Make sure your clothes fit properly. Too tight, too short and too big are all to be avoided if you want to be noticed for what you can do rather than a provocative look. This applies to men too.
  • Men should wear long socks with trousers so that no skin shows when they sit down or cross their legs. The tie should be of the correct length and tied neatly at the top.
  • If you wear glasses, make sure they don’t slide down your nose all the time as this can be annoying, especially if you are giving a presentation.
  • As simple as it may sound, you should always dry your hair before leaving the house. Otherwise your look will say you haven’t got it all together, which will include your career.
  • Keep your bag clean and tidy on the inside if you have one that is open at the top. Men should never wear a knapsack as it makes them look like they are still at college.
  • Many women think a good spray of strong perfume is the right thing, but in fact, no one should be able to smell you, perfumed or not.

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Botox for Plumper Lips?

Posted on January 9th, 2017

plump lips botoxEvery woman likes to look her best and many follow the latest trends slavishly in order to ensure they look younger and more beautiful that nature made them. To this end, many people want to plump up their lips and think that Botox could be used for this purpose because both the treatment and the results are quick. But in fact, this product is not used for plumping the lips, even though it may have that effect.

What happens is that tiny wrinkles form from the top of the top lip and go up in a vertical line. It is these wrinkles, called smoker’s wrinkles that Botox is used to treat. When it is injected into the wrinkle right close to the lip line, it has the secondary effect of plumping up the lips. While many women like this effect, you have to remember that Botox numbs the muscles under the skin, so if too much is injected you may not be able to smile or control drooling.

Luckily, if this happens you only have to wait for 3-4 months and you’ll get back to normal. After that, you may want to consider having a different kind of treatment to make your lips look plumper. This will usually be a dermal filler injected into the lip area. Dermal fillers will last longer than Botox and won’t cause any numbness in the muscles, so you won’t have to worry about drooling or smiling. But if the idea of having another needle in your lips makes you shudder you will need to stick with learning how to make your lips look plumper using makeup.

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Alternatives to Juvederm

Posted on October 25th, 2016

p7So what happens if you have dermal filler treatment that doesn’t work, in that the good first results disappear within a few weeks instead of lasting for as long as they are supposed to? This can happen if your body works extra efficiently in removing extraneous material – possibly people with fast metabolism may find this happens.

Don’t worry. There are alternatives to Juvederm that may work a whole lot better for you. So you don’t have to suffer from those wrinkles after all, but it is essential to discuss the alternatives with your doctor before going ahead. He will be able to suggest a drug that is in his considered opinion, likely to give better results that the Juvederm, which after all is made mainly from a substance normally found in the body, so can often be absorbed more quickly than a foreign substance.

Here are some of the other drugs that can be used in dermal fillers. In some cases they are different forms of Juvederm that may work better for a specific reason.

  • Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus can be used so long as you didn’t have an allergic reaction to Juvederm. They are more dense that the normal Juvederm and so will last longer in the body.
  • Restylane – produced in a sterile laboratory from non-animal hyaluronic acid, it is used in cases where allergic reaction may be suspected. It lasts 6 months or more.
  • Perlane – is used for deeper wrinkles and while made from the same material as above, the particles are larger and so can be injected more deeply. It is not advised for the lip area.

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Factors that Impact Botox Results

Posted on June 12th, 2016

botox resultsMany women are delighted with the result of Botox injections on their wrinkles. The best part is that it works almost immediately, although in some cases the full effects are not seen for a few days. However, not everyone is satisfied with the results and this can be due to any of a number of factors.

For instance, not all wrinkles will respond to Botox. There are two kinds of wrinkles; dynamic and static. Those that only show up due to muscle movement such as frowning or smiling are called dynamic wrinkles and are exactly what you need for success with Botox. Static wrinkles are there all the time.

Static wrinkles

If you have static wrinkles that are still there even while your facial muscles are not moving you will need dermal fillers or some other form of treatment because Botox injections will not work with them. Why? It is all because of the way Botox works. What it does is freeze the nerve that receives orders from the brain for the muscle to move. This means the muscle does not get the signal, so it cannot and does not move. It is, in effect, frozen in place, so no wrinkles can form.

But if the wrinkle is there without muscle movement, no amount of freezing will make your face look wrinkle free. That is why another treatment will be more suitable. Dermal fillers, for instance, work to plump out the wrinkled area and don’t depend on stopping muscle movement. Hence, the wrinkled are filled out from within and disappear from sight. This is a bit like filling a hole or crack in the wall before sanding it smooth – only no sanding is required on your skin.

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Botox Treatment for Hyperhidrosis

Posted on January 18th, 2016

Botox Treatment for HyperhidrosisBotox can be used to treat Hyperhidrosis, or sweating of the underarm in cases where it is excessive and causing a problem.  When a person sweats excessively it can certainly ruin their life as the bacteria that thrive in perspiration cause an unpleasant odour. This can affect the person’s social life and work life as well.

The regimen for treatment of Hyperhidrosis is similar to any other kind of Botox treatment. It can be done in the doctor’s office in a very small time frame so you can go in your lunch hour and get back to work with no one else being aware of your treatment. Of course, there is always the driving time to consider.

Before having the treatment you will need to find a physician who is trained in the art of administering the injections for the best result. It must be someone who has trained for Botox treatment of hyperhidrosis; not for facial treatment of wrinkles. The doctor will discuss with you what you need to do before, during and after the treatment. This is not complicated.

Mostly you may need to go off blood thinning medications for two weeks and avoid alcohol and energetic sports on the day, or for two days before and after. There is no need to shave the underarm area, in fact, the doctor will prefer you not to do this at all. When you come for your treatment, the doctor will inject small amounts of Botox with a fine needle in a grid pattern over the underarm area. You can then go straight back to work.

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10 Top Tips for Men Choosing Botox

Posted on October 23rd, 2015

When thinking about Botox injections, we usually assume that it is women who have it to reduce their wrinkles. However, men can also have this treatment to ensure those wrinkles don’t become a problem – and to look younger. In fact, men’s faces tend to wrinkle more than women’s because their skin is thicker and they rarely use skin lotions on their face except for some aftershave. Add to this the fact that more men spend more time outdoors in harsh, sunny conditions due to their work or play, they tend to have more wrinkles.

This is not necessarily a bad thing, since wrinkles are just a normal part of aging, but for men who are in the public eye a lot, it can be embarrassing, especially if they are still young. Having Botox can alleviate the problem to a great extent, even if it doesn’t get rid of those deeper lines. It can still soften them out so they are not as visible.

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The Pros and Cons of Preventative Botox

Posted on May 26th, 2015

preventive botox treatmentMany women look forward to the onset of wrinkles with dread and wish they didn’t ever have to have lines on their face, even though they can be treated. These people consider preventative Botox injections should be given, so the wrinkles never form.  There are many pros and cons to having preventative treatment and doctors can side one way or the other.

To many cosmetic doctors, having preventative Botox when your face is still smooth and young looking is totally unnecessary. The trouble is that the more muscle movement there is, the sooner those wrinkles will start forming.  However, there is a time to start and a time to wait. Here are the pros and cons of having preventative Botox treatment.

Pros

  • Wrinkles will never appear on your face so you’ll remain younger looking instead of aging with wrinkles and then suddenly looking younger without them.
  • Muscle movement will be stopped so the wrinkles don’t form.
  • Your confidence in your good looks will make you more likely to succeed in other areas of life.
  • It can be used to contour the face so it looks better.

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Important Facts You Need To Know Before The Procedure

Posted on February 17th, 2015

Botox – Important Facts You Need To Know Before The Procedure

The struggle to stay young or at least to look younger longer goes on in many households on a daily basis. There is a multi-billion dollar industry surround the search for the miracle of youth. Cosmetic surgery is no longer a “dirty” word and no longer something that is being hidden. The greatest thing to come from the openness seems to be the anti-wrinkle treatment, Botox.

The Prevailing Attitude

There are some important facts you need to know before you do Botox treatments, but not all of the negative press it has gotten sway your opinion. Many in Hollywood have been at the head of the negativity because they have been reckless and abused the product. We have forever etched in our minds the horrible photos of famous people like Joan Rivers and Lindsay Lohan, but the truth is these are exceptions not the rule. There are hundreds of people using Botox and we would ever know it if they did not say so.

What you should know

1. Muscles and nerves vary by person and region. When you see ads that offer a flat rate for the service no matter the area then you should be cautious of the service provider. Many clinics and private practice providers who offer these types of rates allocate only such much of the botox for that region at that price the fact is you may need more. They may even dilute the product to meet their bottom line.

2. Many people are injecting botox with a bare minimum of training. Never forget that facial anatomy is complex and if the person that is administering, what is essentially a derivative of snake venom, is not knowledgeable enough serious damage can be done. Only a MD or someone who has had extensive training in anatomy will be able to correctly administer this product without fear of permanent damage.

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How Not to Botch Your Botox

Posted on September 8th, 2014

Your BotoxMany people have Botox injections as a way to remove their facial wrinkles and look younger. Without those frown lines – or laugh lines – your face will look much smoother, contributing to a youthful look that can make you feel much more confident in your ability to get on in life. Mature people can take years off their looks and be sure to keep their jobs when they have a face free of wrinkles.

However, some Botox treatment has been botched, with the patients suffering things like bruising, an uneven looking face, misaligned eyebrows and even a frozen face that cannot demonstrate any kind of emotion, n either happiness or annoyance.  How does this happen?

It is mainly because they have had the treatment done by someone who is not trained to know where each facial muscle is and what it does. Such a person is likely to inject the Botox into the wrong muscle, or the wrong position on the muscle. They may inject too much Botox or not enough. They may try to save on the cost by using Botox that has gone past its use by date. Worse still, the solution used to mix it or the needles they use may not be sterile and cause infection.

While Botox injections are a very minor form of cosmetic treatment, they are still invasive because they puncture the skin. This tiny puncture can allow bacteria to invade unless the correct hygienic procedures are followed.  What are they?

  • The skin should be swabbed with a sterile solution that will kill bacteria
  • The needles should be sterilised properly

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Who Will Inject Your Botox – and Why it Matters

Posted on March 22nd, 2014

botox-or-fillersIf you were going into hospital to have a major operation, you would like to know the surgeon was properly trained and had lots of experience doing that particular operation, wouldn’t you? The same applies for Botox injections. Unless you have a properly trained and experienced doctor do the job, you cannot be sure it will be done properly.

Different techniques

In fact, even among trained and qualified doctors who’ve done a lot of work on wrinkles in this way, the application can vary. For instance, suppose you were having those crow’s feet at the corners of your eyes treated. Once doctor may give mini injections into each of the several wrinkles that form when you smile while another may consider just one larger injection sufficient to treat them all. Neither technique is necessarily wrong – sometimes what works on one person simply doesn’t work on another.

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Eight Tips to Help Avoid Botox Side Effects

Posted on June 14th, 2013

Botox Side EffectsBotox injections are a popular treatment for getting rid of facial wrinkles, especially in the upper part of the face. These injections can also be used around the lips to remove those vertical lines that sometimes appear. However, dermal fillers might be a better choice for this area, especially considering they last longer. Not everyone has side effects from using Botox and those that do may only experience one or two of the several that can affect patients.

While many side effects are not very bad, it’s better to not suffer from them, so here are 8 tips to help lessen the likelihood of getting any side effects.

  • Only allow a respected medical professional to do the injections in a medical setting. Then if you do have side effects, they can be treated properly and at once.
  • Always tell the doctor about any health problem you have, even it is an unimportant one.
  • Tell the doctor what medications you are on, including over the counter vitamins and herbal supplements. Some of these products can interact with Botox and cause problems. Tell the doctor if you’ve recently had antibiotic injections or take allergy or cold medication.
  • Follow the instructions for pre and post procedure care to the letter. If you leave something out you are putting your body at risk. The doctor knows exactly what care such a procedure needs to get the best effect and avoid side effects.

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Botox Treatment Costs

Posted on July 17th, 2012

Asking how much a Botox treatment cost will get the same type of answer you would get from a carpet cleaner or a hairdresser about their services. They will all tell you a version of, “it depends”, and it really does depend on a lot of different factors. Botox treatments change with the neighborhood literally, the price can change with the geographical location.

You cannot find a celebrity 25 and older that has not tried it. It is easy and effective and for most to them cost is not a consideration, they will pay what it costs to stay younger looking as long as possible. And besides Botox is much less invasive and costly than plastic surgery.

The reasons that the costs vary so much is simply because every person’s needs are different. If you only need forehead shots why pay for crows feet and laugh lines and vice versa. Clinics and so called specialists often advertise on a “cost per area” basis. Doctors have said that for the best prices look for providers that charge on a “cost per unit basis”.

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Why Is Botox Treatment Better Than Using Wrinkle Creams?

Posted on July 17th, 2012

p61The very thing that makes Botox different is also the reason no wrinkle cream can compare with its results. Wrinkles do not start on the surface but beneath it. Creams, dermal abrasions and other topical treatments cannot hope to have much of an effect on things that are happening beneath the dermis.

Wrinkles start below the surface in the muscles. This is much farther than any surface treatment can penetrate. Yes, well moisturized skin has less visible wrinkles but that is only a pacifying move. As soon as the skin dries the wrinkles will reappear. The truth is there is not one cream on the market that works as good as or better than or just like Botox.

Creams reduce the size and depth of the creases but nothing like the results that you can get with Botox. Even the best wrinkle cream will take weeks to show any results at all while you see Botox results the same day and it gets better over the next couple of days. Creams have to be applied daily and some even have to be applied several times a day. This can mean using many tubes or jars of cream in months time.

One first inspection the cost of creams makes them seem like a much better bargain than Botox but that is just a façade. The truth is that over time you spend twice as much on creams than you do on the 4x a year treatment. A Botox treatment generally last between 3-6 months. While it cost anywhere from 300-1200 dollars a treatment thinks about it only takes 2-4 treatments each year.

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What Are The Benefits Of Botox Injections?

Posted on July 10th, 2012

botox benefitsEvery since the FDA put its stamp of approval on the use of botox for cosmetic purposes it has been the subject of much hype. Celebrities sing its praises and it has become the “go to” fix for fine line and wrinkles for people as young as 25.

For many it is like finding the fountain of youth, it is surprising indeed since Botox is a toxic derivative of Clostridium Botulinum. This is the same bacterium that is responsible for Botulism poisoning. The medication, which it was originally developed to be, causes muscles to freeze.

The first benefits of Botox injections were for medicinal purposes for chronic migraine sufferers. This is one medication for migraines that have minimal side effects. It was also used to control muscle spasm in some patients. When used to treat migraines by blocking the pain receptors.

Men who have enlarged prostates can also find relief through the miracle that is Botox. Doctors inject Botox directly into the prostate gland and this provides relief from infections and also helps with frequent urination. The side effects are not permanent, erectile dysfunction and incontinence is not a bother like with so many other treatments.

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The Science And The Truth Behind Botox Treatments

Posted on March 3rd, 2007

p3Botox is one of the most popular treatments on the market today in the fight against aging. What many users and potential users fail to realize is that there is sound science behind this little miracle. It might surprise many that this toxin was first researched as an agent for chemical warfare by both Japan and the United States. Many of our conveniences and medical breakthroughs were discovered quite by accident while researchers were perfecting new weapons of war.

The reason it was thought of as a great weapon was the fact that it really can paralyze muscles. And if ingested in large enough dosages it could even stop the heart and lungs from functioning. We do not relay this information as a scare tactic, quite the contrary, we are certain that the more you know about this product the more you will understand why it is important to seek professional providers when you decide to use it.

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Understanding What’s Behind Botox Treatments

Posted on November 24th, 2006

Without a doubt Botox has become the most widely used non-surgical treatment in the fight against signs of aging. You hear a lot of horror stories as well as a lot of success stories, but before you allow this toxin to be injected into your body you should at least learn the facts. If asked about Botox treatment you will get a wide variety of answers about what it does and how it affects the body. Some users will swear it is the greatest thing since the microwave while others will say that it is the worst experience of their lives.

There are many who say that using Botox interferes with the ability to express yourself. Emoting feelings is hard, such emotions as joy, sadness and anger are dulled not to mention that the facial muscles cannot move so it will not be able to register on your face in its normal manner. Understanding the science behind botox is important if you are going to use this treatment.

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