5 Reasons Botox is the Most Popular Cosmetic Procedure (by FAR)

A smiling woman receiving Botox. In this article we ask, why is Botox Popular?

As we begin to age, we are all obsessed with a compulsive need to roll back time.

We want the same younger looking smooth skin back that we once took for granted.

It is for this reason that age-defying treatments and medicines have been so popular lately. Lotions and over-the-counter creams are certainly popular, but Botox is one treatment that people unanimously vouch for. Its satisfaction rates are first class, meaning that the vast majority of people who receive Botox will have it again. This is perhaps what it’s known best for; its incredible ability to fight wrinkles. But this isn’t the only reason that it’s so popular.

Read on to find out more.

1.    It produces quick results

Well, we all have heard of the night creams that can fight your wrinkles and keep your skin fresh but one thing that we all would agree to is that their results are not fast. It can take years before their effectiveness begins to show.

So, why wait for years when you can get a fresher wrinkle-free skin in no time at all? An average Botox session takes 30 minutes, with the effects visible in a day. Any treatment that provides such results without any anaesthesia or surgery is well worth looking into. With Botox, you can get the treatment done and still make it to the afternoon lunch on time.

2.    It isn’t too expensive

Botox is certainly not the only treatment for wrinkles. With some research, you’ll come across a huge variety of options. Among these options (such as dermal fillers, or facelifts), Botox stands out as much more economical.

Since it produces semi-permanent results it is a considerable option for the people who are in the early years of their life and not looking for anything permanent as yet.

3.    It causes no discomfort

Botox treatment is nothing but injections that are administered in the areas with the most wrinkles. Except for a bit of pricking and slight discomfort the procedure causes no serious pain or trauma to the skin. In fact, it requires very little downtime! An hour of lying down and massaging the concerned parts would be enough to ensure great results. Moreover, since it is not a surgical procedure, the chances of it going wrong or causing any side effects are close to none.

That said, it carries risks as with any medical procedure. These should be minimised by seeing a fully qualified and experienced doctor.

4.    It is long lasting

With all the points covered above, you would expect it to not work its magic for too long. If that’s what you though, you are in for a surprise. Its results can last for months before you feeling the need to go for a touchup. Most people’s treatments last between 2 to 6 months.

5.    It is not just about the looks

The benefits of Botox are not just associated with a better-looking skin. It has found use in preventing and treating severe migraines, and has long been used to treat hyperhidrosis.

These are just some of the many reasons why Botox is one of the best treatments to have in the UK for a smoother wrinkle-free skin. It is convenient, FDA approved and really effective.

Disclaimer: this article is for information only, and forms no substitute for medical advice at all. The Cosmetics Guru does not endorse any medical procedure. Advice should only be taken from your medical professional, and as such, your reliance on any information given in this article is solely at your own risk. If you have any questions regarding cosmetic treatments or any medical procedure at all, they should be addressed to your doctor. 

Here’s How Botox Can Help You Stay Forever Young

A beautiful woman who has received botox, admiring her lips

Quite simply, the popularity of Botox has exploded over the past few years.

It has become a mainstay of cosmetic treatment,  removing fine lines, wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Compared to other procedures like facelifts, it has lower costs and much lower complication rates.

It’s no wonder then that women and men everywhere are now turning to Botox for it’s miraculous effects on the skin.

And its popularity extends beyond merely its anti-ageing effects. For example, its FDA approval reassures many about its efficacy and safety. The fact that it has use in a range of health issues gives it a status above other cosmetic treatments, like facelifts. We will talk about this in a second, but first, a few Botox facts:

How does it work? And Other Quick Botox Facts

Botox is a brand name for Botulinum Toxin. Though Botox is its most popular formulation, it is made by other companies with brand names such as Dysport and Myobloc with similar effects.

It is a special medicine that is injected under skin to stop the movement of the muscles. The impulses from the brain are still there, but Botox stops them getting to the muscles and causing wrinkles.

That’s because at the end of the day, the cause of wrinkles is excessive facial movements over long periods. This is how Botox has its effect: by causing a barrier between your brain and muscles, stopping this build up of wrinkles over the years.

Because Botox works by limiting facial muscle movement, you may feel slightly  frozen. However, this will be minimal with a trained professional, and you should still be able to move your face as long your practitioner does not use too much of the drug.

That this all means is that it should help you achieve younger looking and smoother skin, and most people are happy with the results. The effects of Botox last a few months, with most treatment lasting between 2 months and half a year. Everyone is different, so you might need injections more or less frequently yourself.

A woman happily receiving a Botox injection in her right cheek
In one study, over 80% of participants were satisfied with how well Botox relieved their crow’s feet and frown lines

Botox will help you stay looking younger

1. Non-surgical solution

Many people go for dermal fillers or surgical treatment to reduce the wrinkles and fine lines. Botox is a less painful solution, while still providing great results.

  • The injections takes just a few minutes, and the benefits can be seen within a day
  • It’s great at removing wrinkles from the the mouth, laugh lines, and forehead
  • The only pain that you will have to feel is a sharp scratch of the needle

Treatment from a highly skilled doctor with many years of experience will help you feel safer about any side effects. Complications are minimal, but any respectable clinician will explain these to you in detail before proceeding.

2. Control your sweating

Excessive sweating is a common issue these days. It can make you feel embarrassed when you are in public. You might be able to control the smell with the help of perfume and deodorant, but sweat stains are much harder to control.

Botox treatment can help treat this issue at the source. Injections in the armpits can control the production of sweat by paralysing your sweat glands. In this way, the normal amount of sweat will be produced from your body. It will enhance your confidence and you will feel relaxed even in crowded places.

3. Surprising advantage

Since the very beginning, we have known that Botox treatment is used for skin and to remove the signs of aging. In a recent study, it has been shown that Botox has many other surprising benefits and one of them is treatment of a chronic headache known as migraine.

Though the mechanism isn’t currently well understood, this effect has been demonstrated in high quality studies. Plus, when you’re not suffering from migraines, you have more time to look after yourself and your skin.

A smiling woman

Get the treatment from professionals

There are many spas and saloons that provide Botox treatment. However, you have to remember that it is not a simple massage or haircut. It is a medical procedure, and as such, should only be performed by a qualified medical professional such as a doctor. This ensures the highest quality of treatment as well as aftercare.  If you are planning to have Botox treatment it is recommended to consult a plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

Regarding the condition of your skin and your lifestyle, your specialist will do their best to give you the ideal dosage. Depending on how your doctor sets pricing, the dosage might affect pricing. Others, however, charge per area for simplicity, and if that is the case then you will know pricing already. Be careful with spa treatments that seem too cheap – these often use inferior products from less qualified individuals.

Disclaimer: this article is for information only, and forms no substitute for medical advice at all. The Cosmetics Guru does not endorse any medical procedure. Advice should only be taken from your medical professional, and as such, your reliance on any information given in this article is solely at your own risk. If you have any questions regarding cosmetic treatments or any medical procedure at all, they should be addressed to your doctor. 

6 Things That Men Need to Know about “Brotox” (And Why It’s OK)

A man with a needle that is about to administer him with Botox - a practice often called "Brotox"

Botox is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments available today.

It’s effective.

There’s no surgery required.

It’s inexpensive, especially when you compare it to surgical options.

No wonder, then, that Botox has become the go-to cosmetic treatment for millions of people worldwide. It’s effective at a range of things, from battling wrinkles, to slowing the ageing process altogether.

But if that’s the case, then why are men not getting it? Why is there such a stigma around men having it, when it’s even gained its own special name: “Brotox”? Well it seems this may all be changing…

Who Should Use Botox Injections?

Let’s get this out of the way now. People generally believe that cosmetic procedures, such as plastic surgery and Botox, are meant solely for women. But women are not the only victims of ageing!

Here’s the truth. We need to squash this ideology because, put simply, men age too!  There is no reason they shouldn’t benefit from the corrective and preventative effects of Botox (or any other cosmetic treatment that they wish to have). The only thing stopping men having these injections is a societal stigma, which has gone on too long in our 21st century world.

A man standing confidently in an alleyway, wearing a suit
Confidence and self esteem are cited as the biggest reasons that men consider cosmetic treatment

It’s Totally Fine To Use Botox Injections as a Man. You Don’t Even Have to Call it “Brotox”

The truth is that the world we live in is a youth as well as appearance focused world. We care too much what other people look like, placing pressure on them to fit a certain profile before we can deem them appropriate. Selfies are the reigning trend, and you have to look your absolute best at all times. Many perceive younger looking men as smarter, or generally more skilled. This is a harsh reality, even if it is largely subconscious. Findings from major studies show that more attractive, youthful appearing workers often get a higher salary just for the way they look. Men in particular are not exempt, but they are placed in a difficult situation where they can’t do anything about it. 

This is a common topic that comes up in counselling, as it is sometimes hard for men to adapt to the changes happening to their faces.

If you are a man who has started noticing fine lines, crow’s feet and wrinkles on your face and it is causing worry for you, it is totally fine if you opt for Botox.

You won’t be the first man to get Botox injections.

You’re not the first man who has been reluctant, because of societal pressures.

And you’re certainly not the first man to suffer from the effects of ageing.

Botox for men, sometimes referred to as ‘Brotox’, is becoming more and more popular. Millions of men worldwide, including celebrities, have had Botox injections to improve aspects of their faces. A lot of them have used it to look younger and reinvigorated. Rumours regularly circulate about male Hollywood actors having Brotox, with Jared Leto being the subject of some recent ones.

Before making the choice, however, here are the answers to a few common questions:

1. Where’s the best place to get Botox?

As mentioned earlier, Brotox is a really popular procedure. As a result of its popularity, there are a lot of practitioners who you can get your Botox injections from. You need to be careful, so as not to get your Botox injection from someone who’s not qualified enough.

Any medical procedure such as Botox should only ever be administered by a trained medical professional. This is even though Botox rarely lead to complications. You have to keep your eye out for highly recommended professionals with good reviews. If not administered by an experienced clinician, Botox can have negative side effects such as a droopy eyelid. In order to avoid these side effects, it’s advisable to go to tested and proven professionals to get your Botox injections.

A senior doctor shaking hands with a young man
Many experienced clinicians offer anti-wrinkle treatments with Botox. A little bit of research will go a long way in giving you confidence in your practitioner.

2. What does getting Botox feel like? Are there pains, bruising, and swelling?

The entire procedure should be swift and uncomplicated. Once your doctor has marked out your treatment areas, all that’s left is to make a few injections in those areas. After that, you’re free to go.

With regards to pains, a lot of people who have undergone the procedure reported minimal pain, as well as a bit of visible swelling. The swelling is normal should last for less than ten minutes. If it lasts much longer than that, then there’s a problem.

3. What are the results I should be expecting from Botox?

As long as the procedure was properly done, Botox should result in an appearance that’s more youthful and full of life.  The results take a few days to manifest, usually after three to four days. Once results begin to surface, the condition of your face will gradually improve for about two week, after which results will reach their peak level.

4. Are there possible side effects?

Any medical procedure comes with the potential for side effects, but for Botox these are minimal, and should be explained to you fully in your consultation.  A small amount of bruising, redness, and swelling are the most common, but seeing an experienced practitioner will minimise these.

If it was not properly done, however, the Botox can spread too far and cause change to muscles it wasn’t intended for. This can lead to things like a droopy eyelid, or a “frozen” face. Some people have also claimed that while it has dealt with their wrinkles, it has led to some terrible under-eye bags.

5. How long will Brotox last for?

This is a question whose answer varies based on individual treatment. Depending on the areas treated and units injected, it lasts for different amounts of times on different people. Botox usually lasts for somewhere between two and six months on average.

An hourglass on a rocky beach
The effects of Botox last between 2 to 6 months, depending on the individual. Unfortunately, if you’re unhappy with the results you will have to wait it out.

6. I don’t have wrinkles yet. Can I use Botox as a means of prevention?

It’s absolutely possible to use Botox as a means of prevention against wrinkles. Once you start the treatments before the formation of wrinkles start, it helps to limit their development. It also reduces the cost and number of treatments you will need later. Professionals have also testified to the fact that when you start treating wrinkles before they form, it makes treatment easier.

Apart from using Botox to treat wrinkles, you can also use them to treat a variety of medical conditions including migraines, heavy sweating, and muscle spasms. You should not let anyone shame or mock you for opting to get “Brotox”. Even calling it “Brotox” makes it seem eccentric, like it’s a deviation from the norm. Contrast this with the reality that a record number of men are getting it every year, and you’ll see that there’s nothing out of the ordinary about it at all. It’s a quick, inexpensive, and proven method of giving your face a youthful and reborn look.

Disclaimer: this article is for information only, and forms no substitute for medical advice at all. The Cosmetics Guru does not endorse any medical procedure. Advice should only be taken from your medical professional, and as such, your reliance on any information given in this article is solely at your own risk. If you have any questions regarding cosmetic treatments or any medical procedure at all, they should be addressed to your doctor.