Botox might sound scary but many over 60s are exploring what it can do for not only their appearance, but also health issues such as incontinence.
Since becoming approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for medical use in 1999 and cosmetic use in 2002, Botox has becoming a booming business.
One of the most common uses for botulinum toxin is for the cosmetic treatment of vertical frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet.
We’ve had questions for some of our readers asking for more information about Botox and its effects. Here’s what you need to know!
Uses for Botox
Botox injections are used to treat medical conditions such as:
- Twitching or spasm of the eyelid
- Muscle spasms in the face and body
- Excessive sweating
How does it work?
Botox Cosmetic is injected into muscles where it blocks nerve impulses to those tissues. The muscle activity that causes the frown lines is reduced, and you’re left with a smoother look. Without a contracting muscle beneath it, the skin is not able to wrinkle.
Is Botox painful?
Like an injection, it can hurt but needles used for Botox are generally small, and the area can be numbed.
How long does it last?
After a cosmetic treatment, you should see an improvement in your wrinkles that lasts for 3 to 6 months, and you will require more if you wish to maintain the effect. In other words, it is not a permanent procedure, but should still be considered as one.
Is Botox safe?
When administered by a medical professional, Botox injections should be safe. As with all treatments, there are some side effects associated with its use, but most of these are mild and temporary. Pain, tenderness and bruising may also be present, and you may have a slight headache after the initial treatment.
How long does it take to look the way I want it to?
It can take three or more days to see an effect.
What is the age limit?
According to Dr Grant Stevens, an LA-based plastic surgeon, there is no age limit for getting treated with Botox. “If you have animation lines that cause wrinkles with movement of certain facial expressions Botox can and will help relax those muscles. In my office we have treated patients well into their 80s with Botox”, said Dr Stevens.
For facial wrinkles and lines, it should take about 10-15 minutes in total.
What is the cost?
Some cosmetic clinics offer Botox for $9 per unit (you could need up to 20 units/injections) but others have specials for around $3-4 per unit. You could be looking at a cost of between $250-$450. For non-cosmetic procedures, it would be advised to speak to your doctor.
Will it plump up my skin?
Botox is often confused with injectable fillers, however dermal fillers work differently. They plump up tissues so that lines and wrinkles diminish or disappear, whereas Botox relaxes muscles and nerves. If you have lines when your face isn’t moving, these would need to be treated with fillers.
Who shouldn’t use it?
You shouldn’t use Botox if you:
- Are allergic to any ingredients in Botox
- Are allergic to another botulinum toxin brand or had any side effect from these products in the past
- Have a skin infection or other condition in the injection area
- Have a nerve or muscle disorder
- Have breathing problems, such as asthma
- Have difficulty swallowing
- Have bleeding issues
- Have drooping eyelids
- Are taking or have recently taken certain medications
This is general advice only. Starts at 60 does not provide medical advice, it is offered for information purposes only. Please consult your physician before considering any of the information above.