What is Botox? Glowday Video

Glowday's Hannah and Kelly visit Alllure Aesthetics to chat Botox and everything anti-wrinkle treatments, and we speak to Nicki, who gets Botox for the 1st time.

Interested in Botox but still have questions? We feel ya! So, Glowday's Hannah and Kelly went down to Allure Aesthetics to lift the lid on some of those non-surgical treatments you want to know more about. Read on - or watch the video below - to hear their chat about the anti-wrinkle treatment Botox - what it is, how it works, what it does and the main benefits and side effects. And they catch up with the lovely Nicki, who gets three areas of Botox - the 11s, the forehead and the crow’s feet - for the first time. Let’s go take a look…

What is Botox?

Kelly: So, this is Nicki, and she's going to have Botox.

Hannah: She's going to have three areas treated: her 11s, her forehead and her crow's feet. Rosin's started off by sterilising that area.

Rosin sterilising the area to be treated

Kelly: What actually is Botox?

Hannah: Botox is a neurotoxin called botulinum, so you are effectively injecting something that's pretty toxic into your face. However, it's done in such small quantities that it temporarily paralyses the muscles in your face to prevent wrinkles from forming. So, you’ll do lots of frowns, which will allow Rosin to identify where to inject. She’ll then inject a tiny amount, allows it to seep in and then moves onto the next area.

Kelly: Botox doesn’t last forever…

Hannah: No. So, it lasts roughly 12-16 weeks, and then you’ll need a top up.

Kelly: She doesn’t seem to be in too much pain.

Hannah: No, honestly, it doesn’t hurt. If it did, I wouldn’t do it. It just feels like a little, tiny sting. If you are really, really worried about it then you could have a numbing cream applied, but most people tend to tolerate Botox.

Botox side effects

Kelly: Are there any side effects?

Hannah: Basically, if you go to a medically qualified practitioner, they’re well-versed in anatomy, in where the nerves, blood vessels, etc are situated in your face.

Kelly: What could go wrong there?

Hannah: You could get ptosis, which is where you get a slight droop…

Kelly: Oh - no one wants a droop!

Hannah: Less likely if you go to someone who’s medically qualified. You need to be really honest in any medical questions you’re answering for your practitioner. Let them know if you have any allergies, if you’re taking any specific medicines, if you’ve got any blood disorders...you have to be completely truthful.

How long does Botox take?

Kelly: Am I going to be able to nip out on my lunch break to get this done or is this an all day job?

Hannah: I usually get three areas of Botox done, and I’m in and out in 15 minutes now.

Kelly: Wow!

Hannah: My consultation is just a very mini consultation now, and then it’s just a very quick treatment.

Kelly: And I can go back to work afterwards?

Hannah: You can. You will have little dots on your forehead. Botox is a prescription only medicine and should be prescribed by someone who is able to prescribe.

Nicki’s Botox experience

Hannah: So, Nicki, how was it?

Nicki: It was good, thank you.

Hannah: As bad as you’d anticipated?

Nicki: No. I was quite nervous but it wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be.

Kelly: And what we all really want to know is - did it hurt?

Nicki: No! It didn’t hurt. There was a bit of a tingle, but it didn’t hurt at all. It was fine.

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