The first thing that comes to mind when you think about Botox treatment is how much it can cost to get it done. This article focuses on how much Botox treatment costs in the UK, factors that can make a patient disqualified to get the injection treatment, risks associated with the injections, and frequently asked questions about the anti-wrinkle product.
Botox has an effective anti-wrinkle property that gives a six-month cosmetic benefit, making the botulinum toxin product the most popular anti-wrinkle treatment. The treatment is non-surgical, and therefore, it does not have the risks of surgery. It is not as expensive as surgical treatments. Other than Botox, cosmetic experts use other botulinum toxin injections to achieve the desired results.
Botox treatment is temporary; its effects wear off a few months after the injection. Cosmetic doctors must have the skills to perform Botox treatment procedures. This treatment is suitable for everyone who has skin lines and wrinkles and wants to eliminate them. Botox injections are an affordable treatment in the UK that provides a wide range of prices for different patients.
In the UK, the cost of botulinum injections varies depending on the clinic and the area being injected. The cost can vary from 100-350 pounds. It would help if you did not choose a clinic based on the cost; your decision should be based on the cosmetic doctor’s expertise in performing the procedure. Since non-surgical cosmetic procedures are unregulated in the UK, anyone can offer this treatment without legal consequences. For this reason, be very careful when doing your research to find the most qualified cosmetic doctor. Most clinics in the UK charge this treatment based on the area of injection. These areas include the forehead and crow’s feet area. Each area is given a discounted rate. Since men have stronger facial muscles that require higher doses than women, clinics in the UK charge a supplement for men that ranges from 25-50 dollars per treatment. The clinic’s location also affects the cost of the treatment; different areas have different prices for the treatment. The cost of treatment is determined by the Botox product and the service you receive.
The following factors explain the Botox treatment’s cost;
· This procedure needs to be carried out by a skilled cosmetic doctor. The doctor must undertake the patient’s medical history to prevent the risks of complications and side effects. According to King (2016), Botulinum treatment may have side effects like drooping of eyebrows; patients should beware of such risks before getting the injection.
- In the UK, the doctor should be registered by the General Medical Council (GMC)
- The cosmetic doctor should have insurance coverage that protects the patient if something goes wrong.
- The treatment should be carried out in a well-equipped clinic that meets all the required hygienic standards.
- A good cosmetic doctor should offer follow-up appointments to assess the progress of recovery and can offer free top-up injections if needed.
There are some clinics in the UK offering low prices. Patients should be very careful with such clinics; they may only meet some of the requirements needed before and after the procedure.
When a Patient Cannot Have Botox Injections
There are certain circumstances under which Botox injections are not recommended. They include:
- If the patient’s skin has an infection
- If the patient is taking certain medications
- If the patient is pregnant or breastfeeding
- If the patient is unwell
- If the patient is below 18 years
Patients with a neurologic disease called myasthenia gravis should not take botulinum toxin injections. According to Rouientan et al. (2019), this disease affects the strength of muscles. The combination of myasthenia gravis and botulinum toxin injections can create an exaggerated and prolonged result.
How Botox Injection is Done
The first step is to clean your face. The botulinum toxin is injected into the muscles of the intended area using a fine needle. These injections are done into different parts within the area of injection. In the process, the cosmetic doctor will ask you to move your facial muscles to identify the best areas for the injections.
Anti-wrinkle injections do not manifest immediately after injection. You will notice changes about five days after injection, and a full result will be achieved approximately after 30 days. Patients should avoid rubbing their faces at least three days after the injection. They should also avoid vigorous exercises, sunbathing, exposure to sunlight, and other activities that expose the body to high temperatures.
Risks of Botox Injections
The risks of Botox injections are small if done by a qualified cosmetic doctor. However, you may experience the following after treatment, as stated by Mess (2017)
- A headache accompanied by flu-like symptoms for the first 24 hours.
If too much Botox is injected into the face, you might have a frozen face, making it difficult for you to move your facial muscles. However, this complication is rare if the procedure is conducted properly. One may also experience a temporary eyelid and eyebrows drooping if the injection spreads to the eyelids and the eyebrows.
According to Waltenburg et al. (2020), very rare complications may occur relating to blurred vision, double vision, and breathing difficulties. Consult your cosmetic doctor if you experience any unusual feelings after the injection.
Frequently Asked Questions about Botox Injections
How Long Does Botox Last After Injection?
Botox lasts about 3-4 months after the injection. You should wait for at least three months if you want to have the treatment again. If you do it too often, it might stop working.
Will My Face Look Unnatural?
After treatment, a qualified cosmetic doctor ensures that your face looks natural and youthful. It is important to note that too much botulinum injection in the wrong place can make a face look frozen. Therefore, choose a skilled cosmetic doctor for the procedure.
How Does Botox Work to Prevent Facial Lines and Wrinkles?
When injected directly into the muscles, Botox reduces muscle movements, causing wrinkles and fine lines to soften and disappear.
In general, the quality of service you get is directly proportional to the cost you pay for the service. When looking for a botulinum service provider, find a certified cosmetic doctor to get the most accurate treatment; a qualified cosmetic doctor will have the procedure devoid of complications and side effects. You might have to pay more for a good treatment service, but in most cases, your goal for the treatment should be given precedence. Consult your cosmetic doctor if you feel unusual.
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