Botox: Advantages, Drawbacks and Options

posted by Chris Valentine

If you’re trying to tackle some of the most visible signs of aging, that means your highest priority will most likely be wrinkles. If you can find a solution to reduce the appearance of wrinkles you could appear decades younger, and more importantly, do wonders for your confidence!

There are lots of options, from topical creams, to dermal fillers and cosmetic injections. Each of them comes with different pros and cons, so it pays to do some research and make sure you’re making an informed opinion. Today we’re looking at Botox to help you decide if it’s the right choice for you, and can help you achieve the effects you want.

What is Botox?

Botox is actually a toxin derived from the same bacteria as the disease Botulism! Used safely, it has no ill-effects (which is what makes it so important to find a reputable and qualified doctor or aesthetician to treat you). It temporarily paralyses muscles, so with small amounts injected in carefully chosen locations, it can reduce or remove wrinkles or fine lines.

It’s also used to treat migraines and some muscular disorders, but if you’ve heard of it, it’s likely as an aesthetic treatment.


Lots of people choose Botox, so let’s look at why:

It’s a safe, easily accessible treatment. As one of the most popular treatments for wrinkles, clinicians are well practised at giving Botox injections, so you’re never going struggle looking for a salon or clinic to help you.

It’s also quick to receive and fast acting – depending on the areas you want to address, you could be in and out within fifteen minutes. If you’re a busy person without a great deal of time to devote to aesthetic treatments, Botox could be the right choice for you.


For all that the treatment itself is a fast one, it takes time for results to show themselves. You could be waiting between five days and two weeks for the treatment to take effect, so if you’re looking for a fast acting solution, this might not be the one.

The downfalls of Botox is that it’s only temporary. You can expect the treatment to wear off between four and six months after it’s applied, and that means going back for more. If you’re ready to commit to a lasting cycle of treatments, that could be perfect, but if you were hoping for a one stop solution, you’re out of luck here unfortunately.


If Botox isn’t the right choice for you, you have plenty of preventative measures to work with. Facial masks and creams that focus on moisturising your skin can help to reduce the onset of wrinkles, and conceal their appearance, so working them into your beauty routine can only help.

You have also have the opportunity to look into dermal fillers: these offer a whole world of different choices, including collagen stimulators to help your body repair the toll age takes on the skin, and injections of lipids to bulk out the skin and remove wrinkles directly.

Keep researching and speak to your clinician or aesthetician for an expert opinion!

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