Worried about the beginnings of wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin when you look in the mirror? Out of the facial treatments we’ve tried and tested, Botox might just be the quickest and easiest answer to taking years off your face. Injected into the area just beneath skin with a microneedle, Botox can smooth out wrinkles, minimise pores, sculpt jawlines and even slim calves. We ask top doctors from three aesthetic clinics our burning questions on the popular anti-ageing treatment.
The Belle Clinic
Dr Maybelle Tan, Founder and Medical Director
What is Botox and what does it do?
Otherwise known as botulinum toxin, Botox is a neuromodulator (used to manage activity of the nerves), and a natural and purified protein that was first discovered in the 1950s. When Botox is injected into a muscle, it blocks the motor nerves from releasing a certain chemical that allows the muscle to function, therefore relaxing the muscle and preventing the muscular contractions that lead to frown lines and wrinkles. You can look forward to smoother skin with fewer lines.
In addition to treating wrinkles and fine lines, Botox can also be used to treat excessive or unwanted sweating and to correct imperfections in facial symmetry. By strategically targeting muscles, we can improve facial aesthetics by raising certain areas (like the eyebrows) or lowering others (like the upper lip, thus creating a less gummy smile), as well as contour the facial profile.
How much does Botox cost at The Belle Clinic?
We have a transparent pricing policy, where charges are based on the dosage used. Prices start from $116.
Mendis Aesthetics & Surgery
Dr Rohan Mendis, Founder
What’s involved during the process?
The Botox procedure takes place in the physician’s office after a consultation between the physician and the patient. Botox, a patented, highly purified protein manufactured under stringent conditions, is administered by a few tiny injections, thus relaxing the muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles (during facial expressions). As a result, you can achieve a more youthful look within five to seven days. Results last from four to six months. Patients are advised not to lie down for the first four hours after treatment. Otherwise, they can resume all other daily activities.
Are there any side effects?
The physician will advise on potential risks prior to the procedure and there are hardly any side effects if Botox is administered correctly. Botox is well established, with over 20 years of clinical use; it has been used to treat millions of patients worldwide to date.
How much does Botox cost at your clinic?
An average of $300 and above.
David Loh Surgery
Dr David Loh, Founder
Who is a suitable candidate for Botox?
While conventional thinking is that you start getting Botox when wrinkles and lines appear, there is a growing trend for those in their late 20s and early 30s to do it as a preventive measure before these ageing signs show up. Botox is also used for slimming the jaw, reducing pore size and tightening loose skin on the neck.
Which are the popular areas of treatment?
Popular areas for preventive Botox are the forehead, frown lines and crow’s feet. However, they should always be treated as anatomical units, or else the surrounding muscles may be compensated. For example, if only the frown lines are treated, this can result in an undesirable appearance, like the “spock” look. Facial slimming – getting Botox on the jaw muscles and neck lift – is very popular, too. Botox can also be used to decrease pore size and tighten the neck.
How much does Botox cost at your clinic?
$800 for the forehead, frown lines and crow’s feet; $800 for shaping the jaw muscles or lifting neck.
Eager to give it a try? Here are some other spots to check out…
AesCure Medical & Aesthetic Clinic
72 Amoy Street
Cost: Starts at $170 on average. ($17 per unit of Botox used)
The Dermatology Practice
#07-60/61/62 Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
38 Irrawaddy Road
6694 3290 | thedermatologypractice.com
Cost: Initial consultation starts at $100, and treatment price will be advised.
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