So if Botox is something you have been considering trying or you’re just too hesitant to enquire about, read on as we’ve done half of the work for you.
Next up on Extreme Glamour Tries, GLAMOUR’s beauty editor, Lottie Winter goes for her first top up of Botox of the year with founder of Michael Prager Skincare, Dr. Michael Prager.
The Procedure: What is Botox?
Botox is the trade name for Botulinum Toxin, a neurotoxic protein that temporarily paralyses muscles when injected. Although it is admittedly a poison, when injected in minute amounts into a muscle underneath the skin surface, Botulinum Toxin relaxes the muscle causing the overlying skin to appear smoother. Thus, making it a popular anti-wrinkle treatment in the aesthetics industry.
Botox benefits extend from the purely cosmetic, this was discovered as a side effect of medical use. It can be used as a treatment alternative for Bruxism (teeth grinding) by relaxing the jaw muscles, excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis, by blocking the nerves that control the sweat glands, and other medical conditions such as chronic migraines. However, Botox is most commonly used to help smooth fine lines , wrinkles and expression marks on the skin, and prevent new ones from forming – otherwise known as preventative Botox.
What are the steps?
- Preparations – marking up skin
- Inject Botox into the target areas
Dr. Michael Prager likes to treat the face as a whole, for a really balanced look all round. So the whole procedure cost £895. These prices will vary depending on the clinic, Dr and placement of injections/ number of areas you get treated.
“I’ve had Botox before, and I do it for different reasons. I grind my teeth a lot at night which results in a lot of neck pain and headaches and Botox seems to help alleviate that discomfort. It also helps to relieve migraines through frowning and stress and the fact that it’s a preventative agent for the ageing process is a plus.
I got some jawline Botox, for the teeth grinding and subsequent tension and neck pain and some injections on my forehead for my frown lines as a preventative measure. The process of getting it done is a little painful, but only at the exact moment of the injection. As soon as the injection was finished, I didn’t feel any pain.
I never really get any other negative effects, including bruising, (although that is a possibility with injectables). That is the same every time, and so having those expectations from the get go, make the whole experience a lot more comfortable.
Due to COVID-19, I was unable to get my usually bi-yearly dose of botox. However even after all this time I still love it. I’ll always be happy with the result and I am yet to be disappointed so I will continue to get it done.”
It takes a 3-7 days for the muscle relaxer to kick in. Results last around four to six months. However, there isn’t any downtime. Avoid direct UV exposure in the early days.
The Safety Need-to-know checklist:
Procedures that involve needles are only worthwhile if you put safety first as a botched job will leave you worse off than how you came in and can lead to serious health complications:
- Check credentials – make sure that the practitioner that is carrying on your procedure is a trained and qualified professional. If you can, also check online reviews or ask a friend of a friend
- Keep things clean – Make sure that your clinic setting is clean to avoid risk of infection.
- Know what is going on your face – Make sure that the products being injected are FDA approved or CE marked and that you have any intolerances before you jump into the procedure
Best sources to check practitioner’s credentials:
Check out our exclusive video of Dr. Michael Prager, working his magic on Lottie, GLAMOUR’s Beauty Editor who was looking to top up her bi-yearly dose of injectables for a calmer night of sleep and to keep those wrinkles at bay.