Is Botox®, Dysport® safe?

These or other botulinum toxin containing anti-wrinkle injection brands are generally considered safe when used appropriately and administered by qualified medical professionals. They have been used for various medical and cosmetic purposes for several decades. However, it is essential to understand the potential risks and benefits associated with treatments. A thorough assessment with a qualified medical professional is always recommended during which they will consider your medical history, provide guidance on potential risks, and ensure proper administration.

When is the right time to start Botox®, Dysport®?

This is a great question, and there is no right answer. You can start at anytime, whether it is for prevention of wrinkles or to soften ones that have already appeared. Commonly people may choose to start in their 30’s or 40’s but some may choose to begin earlier or later depending on their skin and their personal goals. Some people are not sure if they will benefit, so a consultation with Dr Lia can answer these questions.

How frequently will I need treatment?

Generally anti-wrinkle injections will wear off between 3 and 4 months. We don’t recommend having a treatment again prior to 3 months. Over time the time between treatments may become longer in some individuals as the wrinkles soften.

Do I need Botox®/ Dysport®?

This is a personal choice. If you want to maintain a fresh and youthful look, or if you are looking to rewind the clock and smoothen out wrinkles and lines that have appeared then this is the option most likely to give you the best results.

Are there any reasons I can not have anti-wrinkle injections?

There are certain circumstances and conditions that may make Botox®/ Dysport® unsuitable for some individuals. Some of these include:

a. Pregnancy: It is generally recommended to avoid Botox®/Dysport® injections during pregnancy.

b. Allergies or sensitivity: If you have a known allergy to any component of Botox®/Dysport® or if you have experienced an adverse reaction to it in the past, you should avoid the product.

c. Muscle or nerve conditions: Certain muscle or nerve conditions, may make Botox®/Dysport®  injections unsafe or less effective. It is important to consult with a healthcare professional who can evaluate your specific condition.

d. Infection at the injection site: If you have an infection at the proposed injection site, it may be necessary to postpone the treatment until the infection has cleared.

e. Medications and interactions: Inform your doctor about any medications or supplements you are taking, as some medications may interact with Botox®/Dysport® and increase the risk of complications.

How can I prepare for my treatment?

Great question. It is a quick and straightforward procedure but there are some steps you can take to maximise your experience and results. Ideally a clean face with no make up. Avoid alcohol before and after the procedure. Discuss with your doctor if you are taking any medications, to ensure there are no interactions, or medications which would make bruising more likely. After the procedure avoid rubbing the injection sites, refrain from lying down for a few hours, and avoid excessive exercise for 24 hours.

When will I see the effects?

In some cases in as soon as 2-3 days, but it can take up to two weeks for maximum effect to be seen. This is when you will be offered a review by Dr Lia if it is your first treatment with her.