Botox doesn’t always equal a frozen face - Let it go!

Botox isn’t for everyone, and that’s fair enough. Not just because they don't like the idea of injectable treatment, but it's actually not an appropriate treatment for everyone!

That said, At Glowday, we’ve seen the positive effects it has had on tonnes of women - restoring confidence and reducing lines to give great results. But one of the biggest misconceptions that people often have when it comes to the anti-wrinkle treatment is that they will look frozen afterwards. Wondering how not to look frozen after your toxin treatment? You've come to the right place...

We’ve all seen photos of celebs with the frozen or permanently surprised look, right? They’re not exactly the best endorsement of the anti-wrinkle treatment, so it’s easy to see why people are wary of it. So, why does the frozen look happen, and how do we avoid it?

Will Botox leave me with a frozen face?

It’s no surprise that so many people are against Botox - I mean, there are some pretty bad walking advertisements out there. Weirdly, many of these are rich and famous but just don’t know when to say stop. But, fortunately, anti-wrinkle injections don’t always result in a frozen face. In fact, when done properly on the right candidate, they can have really lovely results.

An expressionless face that doesn’t move is not attractive. And, let’s face it, we want to be able to show how we are feeling - it’s an essential way of communicating. So, how can we get rid of wrinkles but avoid the frozen look?

How do you avoid the Botox frozen face?

The key to avoiding a frozen face after Botox is choosing a prescribing, medically qualified practitioner who has a lot of experience in giving anti-wrinkle injections. They will carry out a full consultation, to see if you are a good candidate for anti-wrinkle treatments. Make sure you take a look at their Botox before and after pictures to see if you like their work - and if you see any that don’t look quite right, avoid them.

There are loads of places that now offer anti-wrinkle treatments, and while they are often much cheaper than going to a clinic, there’s a reason for this - they are likely not medically qualified and are unlikely to be using genuine products - and they certainly wouldn’t know what to do if it all went wrong or you experienced side effects. Do you really want someone who isn’t medically qualified near your face with your needle? Definitely not!

Once you’ve found a medically trained professional you trust, they will work with you to determine the area you are looking to target, why (it’s important for them to know the main reason you want the treatment), and how much botulinum toxin they would use. Your consultation is all about you and your practitioner getting to know each other.

The real art of Botox? Making it subtle

So, you’ve found the right practitioner for you, you know where you want the anti-wrinkle injections, and you are ready to reduce those lines. Now it’s important to stay au naturale and go for subtle tweaks. If you have chosen a practitioner who has worked closely with you and looked at the forehead lines, crow's feet, frown lines or other static lines you want to reduce, they should be recommending the lowest amount of botulinum toxin possible to get the results you want - though this obviously depends on the area you’re targeting and the size of the muscles they will be injecting.

You will, most likely, also be offered a post-treatment appointment to see how you’re getting on. This will allow your practitioner to see whether the Botox has taken effect and whether you need any more. The important thing to remember is that you can add botulinum toxin, but you can’t take it away. A bit like salt in your soup.

It works both ways too. You want to continue looking gorgeous, just with a touch of rejuvenation, and your practitioner will want to make sure you are a great advert for their work. And as the majority of practitioners say, you shouldn’t be able to tell when you’ve had Botox, you should just look fresh faced with a certain glow about you.

How much is too much Botox?

Now, you might be thinking, well how do all these celebrities get it so wrong. And that’s a great point! This simply comes down to how often they go back for more and the amount that’s being injected. In many of these cases, this comes down to choosing the wrong injector.

There are, unfortunately, a lot of people out there who are willing to take advantage of insecurities, and who don’t care about the results and their impact on the person receiving the treatment. That’s why it’s so important to select one that you’re happy with, who is an expert in this treatment, and who you know has your best interest at heart, rather than allowing you to continue adding Botox when you really shouldn’t be.

Toxin treatments should always be an individual’s choice, and should only ever be done because it’s something you want to do for yourself, not for anyone else. If you decide you want anti-wrinkle injections to reduce lines, great. Just remember to do your research, choose a medically qualified practitioner you trust, and know when enough is enough. That’s the key to avoiding that frightening frozen look.

Our anti-wrinkle treatment guide will give you the lowdown on everything Botulinum.

At Glowday, we only list medically qualified practitioners, so you can be confident you’ve made a great choice. Ready to get glowing? There are lots of ways to tackle lines and wrinkles, why not book a consultation to learn what options are available?​

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