You’ll Feel Some Pain
“The treatment takes only a few minutes; discomfort is very minimal, and the injections feel like tiny ant bites,” says Dr Ramirez. She adds that you may feel more discomfort when the botulinum toxin is injected under the eyes as this is a more sensitive area.
You may also experience bruising, a common side effect of any injection, adds Dr Chuah. The bruise can take a few days to a couple of weeks to go away, depending on its size.
Results Are Not Instant
It takes a few days to see effects, and two weeks to see the full results of the treatment. “Some studies have shown that if you exercise the targeted muscle hard for the first hour after your injection, it helps the botulinum toxin be better absorbed into the muscle,” says Dr Chuah.
In most patients, results last three to four months. After the effect wears off, your wrinkles will reappear.
Safe for Sensitive Skin
Botulinum toxin is safe for those with sensitive skin, as it will not trigger a skin reaction unless you have open sores, pimples or inflammation around the target area, says Dr Ramirez.
Possible Side Effects
It is considered safe in the dosages commonly injected, says Dr Chuah. However, she adds: “If you have any neuromuscular diseases such as multiple sclerosis, previous allergic reactions to botulinum toxin injections, are pregnant or nursing, it is not recommended for you.” To prevent the botulinum toxin from spreading and affecting other muscles, avoid massaging the treated zones for 24 hours, advises Dr Soh Lea Sar, medical director of Healthsprings Laser and Aesthetic Clinic.
How Much Does The Treatment Cost?
Some clinics charge by the area of the face treated while others charge according to the number of botulinum toxin units used – one syringe can contain varying units, depending on what the treatment needs. “Botox usually costs $60 to $80 for every four units,” says Dr Soh. Dr Chuah adds that for the forehead area, the number of units required can range from 10 to 24. Calcium hydroxylapatite gives instant results and also has some collagen-stimulating effect; it lasts up to a year.”
Your skin is first assessed, then a suitable filler is prescribed. Numbing cream is applied to the target areas, which are also iced before the fillers are injected, says Dr Shiau. You can do different parts of the face in one session.