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How to Have Botox and Get Away With It

Updated: Jan 6, 2019

Botox injections are the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the uk, and it has been that way for years. On the other hand, invasive surgical procedures have declined and reached their lowest levels in a decade, signifing that the knife is out and the needle is in.As more and more people are having Botox the taboo and secrecy around having the treatment is slowly fading away. This is partly due to the rise of reality tv and instagram celebrities who are more open about their beauty regimes.

Nonetheless, most people want to have their Botox discreetly. Here are my top tips, after performing almost 3000 Botox treatments, on how to have your Botox and get away with it.

1. Avoid Booze: Ever heard of the "Botox Party"? Whilst I'm all up for a get-together, skip the alcohol as this can make your blood thinner, less likely to clot and increases the chances of bruising. Some common medications also make bruising more likely; ibuprofen, aspirin, warfarin, and St John's Wort. Exercise increases blood flow to the face, so avoid this for 12 hours after your treatment to keep bruising to a minimum.

2. Timing is Everything: Anti-wrinkle injections can open tired eyes and most people look refreshed once the injections work their magic. Some people don't even want their friends to notice this. I had a client who gave me a great tip once. She always timed her Botox with a visit to her hairdresser, so that if anyone asked why she looked different, she had a ready-made excuse.

3. Do Your homework: Injecting botox is an art (combined with science and anatomical knowledge). Patients desire different effects and end results, some women want peaked eyebrows and others don't, some people want their forehead lines gone at all costs and others want to maintain normal expression. Find a doctor who is an experienced injector, as they are more likely to achieve the look you want, plus they will be more comfortable correcting any issues and managing complications.

4. Less is More: Gone are the days when people ask to be completely paralysed. Having no facial expression is unnatural and you are more likely to go unnoticed if you have small amounts of Botox, especially when being treated for the first time. My personal preference is that sweet spot when at rest all the lines have gone, but you have some degree of natural facial expression.

5. Ice Ice Baby: Having a small bruise after a botox injection can happen; after all it is administered by an injection. But if you want to minimise the duration of the bruise, apply some ice to the area right after the treatment. Quite a few of my clients swear by the herbal medication Arnica (that comes in either a cream or tablet) and its ability to hasten a bruise's departure.

If you are thinking about having Botox for the first time or even if you've been doing it for years, contact us to see what we can do for you. Check out this link on areas of the face that can be treated, and this link for some secrets uses of Botox.

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