When I qualified I said to so many people “I can’t wait to do a botox course”. I knew a few people who had had it done and I used to be so sure I could spot it but in reality I couldn’t really, because it takes quite a bit to understand it. I can spot it now, a mile off, if you’ve had the usual three areas, but toxin is so much more than that. Botox of course is a brand name, as are dysport, bocouture and azzalure. In reality they’re all pretty much the same. So we should just say toxin.
The best non-surgical cosmetic treatments are the ones you can’t see and the ones that give you minimal down time. Toxin is definitely one of those, and I frequently say it’s one of the safest drugs I use. As NHS doctors we are constantly assessing the risks and benefits of medications and often there are many side effects. Toxin in reality, in the doses required for cosmetic treatments is the perfect drug:
- It stays where you put it
- It requires minimal dosing
- It does not have a systemic effect
- It wears off in three months without any long lasting problems
It’s like the perfect crime.
The most common thing you’ll see is paying for toxin by area, classically it’s three areas. In reality everyone gets confused “I want to botox eyebrow lift”. What this means is the look that you get where your eyebrow arches nicely and you feel lifted. It’s a real skill to perfect this, and it’s the result of the combined effect of the classic three areas. Stopping the muscles moving between your eyebrows (glabella – area number 1) means you aren’t pushing down and frowning. Result – you feel lifted. Toxin in the forehead (forehead – area number 2) if you put it in right, focuses on the central aspect of your forehead and lets the edges still move and still pull up. Result – eyebrows lift slightly at the sides, wonderful eyebrow arch. Toxin around the eyes (crows feet – area number 3), it’s a small amount and it is the most technically challenging to get right of the classic three areas, it opens up the eyes when you laugh and smile and it stops your eyebrows from pulling down. Result – the upper face opens up, you can still smile with your eyes and you feel totally lifted.
So the toxin three areas is the botox eyebrow lift, not everyone can have it which is why the best thing to do is to visit www.theclinicburton.co.uk to book in with one of our practitioners for a consultation to work out what is the best treatment for you.
Check out the next blog post for more on other procedures you can do with toxin “the botox lip flip procedure” specifically.