Are you starting to see frown lines, furrows on your forehead or crow’s feet? Botox is a popular and accessible facial treatment that can combat these signs of ageing. Injected into the area just beneath the skin with a microneedle, Botox is not only used for reducing wrinkles, but also for minimising pores, sculpting jawlines, reshaping noses and even slimming calves! We ask five doctors and experts from top aesthetic clinics our questions on the treatment, including how much Botox costs.
The Belle Clinic
Dr Maybelle Tan, Founder
How does Botox work?
Botox (botulinum toxin A) is a neuromodulator that temporarily relaxes muscle activity in the treated area. 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 cause frown lines and wrinkles. The aesthetic result is smoother skin with fewer lines.
Who is Botox suitable for?
For anyone who feels that they look “angry all the time”, or those who are worried about developing wrinkles, a neuromodulator like Botox can soften and prevent permanent lines from forming. If you already have pre-existing frown lines such as the “angry 11’s” between the brows, or crow’s feet by the eyes, Botox can still reduce the depth and in some cases, relax and smooth out these wrinkles completely. In addition to treating wrinkles and fine lines, neuromodulators can also be used to treat excessive sweating and to correct imperfections in symmetry.
By strategically targeting muscles, we can improve facial aesthetics by raising certain areas (like eyebrows) or lowering others (like the upper lip, creating a less gummy smile) as well as contour the facial profile. With techniques like “micro-Botox”, where tiny amounts are injected over larger areas, other skin conditions like enlarged pore size and acne can also be improved, especially when combined with other treatments.
Is there any downtime?
Mild redness or needle marks at the injection site can occur. Otherwise, there are usually almost no noticeable side effects after the procedure. Some patients may experience mild bruising but this can be minimised by following our patient guidelines and physician instructions. We also have devices on hand that can help reduce bruising. Most of our patients are able to return to work right after.
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.
Dr Low Chai Ling, Founder
What happens during a Botox session at SW1?
Every Botox session starts with a thorough consult with our doctors. They’ll ascertain the optimal distribution and design of your Botox treatment to suit your face. This will optimise your results and bring out the natural youthfulness of your face without affecting your normal expressions. In turn, this means no one will notice you’ve had Botox done, just that you look younger and fresher.
Prior to the procedure, numbing cream is applied and left on for 10 minutes. We also use ice and a vibrational massager during the procedure to ensure maximum comfort; most of our patients don’t feel any discomfort during the procedure. Botox is administered using designer microneedles vis tiny injections. This results in a painless process. After the injections, we give our patients a post-treatment protocol to follow. Free touch-ups are also available to ensure patients get the results they desire.
How often should I get Botox done?
Patients usually repeat their Botox every three to four months for the upper face and every six months for the jaw.
How much does Botox cost at SW1 Clinic?
From $250 for frown lines or undereye areas.
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Eileen Tan Skin Clinic & Associates
Dr Eileen Tan, Founder
What’s involved in the process?
Small quantities of botulinum toxin are injected into specific overactive muscles. This causes localised muscle relaxation, which smoothens the overlying skin and reduces wrinkles. The effects of Botox take about two weeks to fully develop and generally last for four to six months. It’s used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis (increasing sweating on the underarms, hands and soles), wrinkles on the face and body, and also face contouring (injection into masseter muscle to create a slimming effect on the lower face).
Are there any risks?
Potential risks are minimal and numbing cream is applied 30 minutes prior to the botulinum toxin injection. There may be some bruising. Also, while there can be some asymmetry and eye drooping (ptosis), this is rare if the doctor is experienced.
How much does Botox cost at Eileen Tan Skin Clinic & Associates?
Botox treatments start from $650 onwards for crow’s feet and glabella wrinkles.
Angeline Yong Dermatology
Dr Angeline Yong, Founder
What treatment pairs well with Botox?
Botox is great for correcting dynamic wrinkles, and it complements some of the energy-based devices we use to smoothen wrinkles and textural issues on the skin. This include non-ablative fractional lasers like our Picoway and Picosure hybrid fractional laser treatment, which are great for working on fine wrinkles and textural irregularities, as well as ablative fractional lasers like our fractional CO2 laser resurfacing.
Botox also pairs very well with fillers to improve static wrinkles and rejuvenate the face as a whole. The other treatments that pair well with Botox include our Ultherapy treatment (high-intensity focused ultrasound) and Tempsure Envi radiofrequency treatments, which are great for multi-plane lifting and tightening. For example, I love to use Botox in conjunction with Ultherapy or Tempsure Envi for a non-surgical brow lift to make the eyes look less tired.
What should I do before and after a Botox session?
I typically ask patients not to lie face down for a massage for a few hours after. I also ask them to avoid going into a sauna or steam room. But other than that, there really aren’t many restrictions with regard to lifestyle. There can be some minor bruising in certain locations, so I usually ask patients to cut back on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and alcohol for a few days before and after a Botox session to prevent that from happening. Then again, the needles we use for Botox are so fine that bruising doesn’t happen often.
How much does Botox cost at your clinic?
At our clinic, Botox is charged based on the type of indication, such as for treating crow’s feet or forehead wrinkles. We don’t vary our charges based on the absolute amount used. That’s why we always include a touch-up session for the patient without extra charge, so we can tweak the amount to the best effect. Prices start from $250.
Sandra Koh, Director
What’s involved in the process?
First up is a consultation with the doctor to understand your desired outcome and determine if it’s feasible. Once the doctor gives the go-ahead with the procedure, our aestheticians will cleanse your skin while the doctor prepares the Botox required. There’s no downtime and the process is fairly quick and straightforward.
How fast will I see results after getting Botox done?
We prioritise natural-looking results, which can be seen as early as three to four days after the procedure. Most patients will see the full results within 10 to 14 days; so, the doctor will usually advise for the patient to return after two weeks to review the results and decide if more Botox is needed.
Are there any alternative treatments offered at the clinic?
For injection-averse clients, we have other treatments like the Thavma Therapy from the Juliette Armand Skin Booster range from Greece, which uses Argireline and Leuphasyl. Argireline is a hexapeptide that helps to reduce wrinkle depth and prevent skin ageing. It gives similar results to Botox, targeting the same protein complex as botulinum toxin but in a different way. Leuphasyl acts to prevent the formation of expression wrinkles by attenuating muscular contraction. It’s a series of 10 sessions, but if you don’t want injections and would like to reduce wrinkle contractions, this is the go-to treatment.
How much does Botox cost at Bio Aesthetic?
Botox treatment starts from $150 for crow’s feet, forehead lines and frown lines. Botox for teeth grinding or jawline reduction starts from $599 for 50 units.
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