Worried about the beginnings of wrinkles, fine lines and sagging skin when you look in the mirror? Botox is a popular and accessible facial treatment used by people to combat the signs of ageing. Injected into the area just beneath skin with a microneedle, Botox is used for smoothing out wrinkles, minimising pores, sculpting jawlines and even slimming calves. We ask top doctors from three aesthetic clinics our burning questions on the 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.
What happens during a Botox or fillers session?
All our patients get a detailed and in-depth assessment. Their medical history, current medication, supplementation and skincare regime are reviewed. After which, photographs are taken and we’ll discuss their concerns and expectations, before proposing a personalised treatment plan. The Belle Clinical Rejuvenation and Restorative Program is a 3D process, targeting hyperdynamic muscle activity (botox), volume loss (fillers) and surface rejuvenation. Our aim is to restore – not recreate your face.
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.
Cutis Medical Laser Clinics
Dr Sylvia Ramirez, Medical and Scientific Director
Does Botox hurt?
The discomfort after a Botox treatment is very minimal. The treatment is done using very fine needles that will feel like an ant bite. It may be slightly more sensitive in the under eye area. Ice is applied before and after the injection, which makes the procedure more comfortable. We also provide topical numbing cream prior to the procedure to improve patient comfort.
How fast will I see results after getting Botox done?
The effects of Botox will start about five to seven days after the injection, but the full effects will only be visible after two weeks. The wrinkle-preventing effect of Botox lasts between three to six months, depending on the dose delivered. With regular treatments, most patients should require fewer doses of Botox over time.
How much does Botox cost at Cutis?
The price for Botox is $18 per unit in our clinic. Botox can be priced by area or by unit. We generally price this by unit in our clinic as every patient may require a different amount. In general, patients are usually surprised that Botox treatment is relatively inexpensive compared to other aesthetic procedures.
Dr Low Chai Ling, Founder and Medical Director
Who is Botox suitable for?
These days, Botox is being used by women in their 20s, all the way to their 50s. Women in their 20s may seek Botox to reduce the size of their masseter or jaw muscles to help attain a more V-shape look. In the 30s and 40s range, women often seek a more natural-looking Botox treatment to soften lines and wrinkles while retaining full facial expressions. Another popular use is micro-refine, which is the use of diluted Botox in small, superficial microinjections to close pores and tighten skin. This is great for anyone with large pores and oily skin.
What treatments pair well with Botox?
Botox pairs well with fillers. Natural dermal fillers can restore volume loss in your face especially in areas of sunken eyes and flattened cheeks. They can also be used to fill out static lines, which are lines that are present even when your face is at rest, such as your nasolabial folds.
What should I do before and after a Botox treatment?
You should avoid the use of alcohol, aspirin, vitamin E and NSAIDs for a day prior to treatment. This is to minimise risk of bruising during your injections. Post treatment, you should keep the area clean.
How much does Botox cost at SW1?
Botox is priced from $500 per area (e.g. forehead, crow’s feet).
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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’s been used to treat millions of patients worldwide to date.
How much does Botox cost at Mendis Aesthetics?
An average of $300 and above.
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