TBI’s Guide To Getting Good Botox

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Botox – thousands of Irish women are getting it but no-one’s talking about it. Perhaps it’s because we’ve all seen those frozen Z-list celebrity faces and fear we too will end up like them. Or perhaps we Irish feel like it’s ‘cheating’ to get a little help with the ageing process. Either way, it’s a conversation I’d like us to be having.

Botox has come a long way in its 14 years and a good, reputable doctor will administer it with a light touch. And thanks to the introduction of a new generation of precision needles such as the innovative micro-fine needles at Therapie Clinic, Botox is now virtually pain-free and extremely precise.

Having tried the micro-fine Botox for myself at Therapie, I can vouch for the pain-free needle claims. As someone who is completely terrified of needles (and Botox), I was the perfect, anxiety-ridden candidate to try both with Therapie Clinic’s Dr Andre Nel.

I think I look good for my age (37 – eek!) so was worried I would be messing with my face. After weeks spent deliberating over whether or not to have it done, I opted for ‘baby Botox’ (receiving a smaller than average dose in one area) for my crow’s feet.

I needn’t have worried. It was over in seconds, without pain and with no visible needle marks. In fact, I could return to work immediately with colleagues none the wiser. And the verdict? So subtle only I would know I had it, which is exactly what I wanted. As one impressed pal pointed out I still had some fine lines under my eyes, just a little less.

Botox takes a couple of weeks to take full effect and so for two weeks I woke up looking a little younger every day – rather like a real-life Benjamin Button. Five weeks after treatment, I look exactly like me, just a little fresher.

Finally, I asked Dr Nel to debunk the Botox myths for anyone considering having it done and here’s what he had to say.

How can I get Botox without looking like I’ve had Botox?
Find a sensible doctor with experience.

How can I reduce my risk of bruising?
By preparing yourself mentally and emotionally that bruising can happen in Botox treatments and accepting that fact, then it will make you more relaxed and the chances are less likely of it happening.

Also, find a doctor in whom you have confidence, and trust the situation. Having said all that, bruising can happen in any hands at any time and it is a random occurrence and a fact of Botox treatments. Mostly, immediately after bruising, apply ice and pressure to the area for a couple of minutes and repeat later when you’re at home.

Is there anything I should avoid after Botox?
Don’t do exercise and remain upright for at least four hours after treatment is administered. Take it easy for the first 24 hours, stay at home and rest.

Is there any way to make my Botox last longer?
Not really. It is a subjective experience. Some patients feel it still works after six months and others feel six weeks later it’s not working that well. It varies from patient to patient. Build a good relationship with a doctor you trust. Botox should not be your only treatment option in your skin restoration protocol.

Is there a “better’ angle for someone to inject Botox at?
It’s a “feel” thing for the doctor and each patient’s skin is slightly different and you get a sense and feel for each case with regard to the angle.

How much Botox should you use, really?
Not more than the standardized amounts per treatment area and ideally less.

How often should you get Botox?
One to three times per year should be enough. You can’t rely on Botox exclusively as an aesthetic skin treatment. It should form part of a bigger skin restoration protocol.

*In collaboration with Thérapie. Anti-wrinkle injectables are available at Thérapie Clinics nationwide. For more, visit www.therapieclinic.com

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