Botox facts you need to know

An increasing amount of women are turning to Botox to help fight the signs of ageing. But there are lots of things you need to know before deciding to take the plunge.

We spoke to world-renowned doctor Jules Nabet, who gave us the lowdown on this anti-ageing procedure.

1. What is it?
Botox, real name Botulinum toxin is a naturally occurring poison. It has been used for medical reasons since the 50s due to its ability to paralyse muscles. In 2002, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of botox for cosmetics procedures including the reduction of frown lines on the forehead and to help prevent excess sweating under the arms.

2. How long does it take?
Botox can be injected in a matter of minutes. A full procedure is expected to take around 15 minutes.

3. How long will it last?
Botox around the eye area can last up to 12 months, while around the jawline and forehead, it will last from four to six months.

4. Will it hurt?
Any injection can hurt, but the needles used for Botox injections are very small, so pain is usually minimal and over within seconds.

5. Are there any side effects?
After the initial procedure, you may see some bruising where the needle has pierced the skin, but this only lasts 24 hours.

6. What are the possible risks?
Badly administered Botox can cause droopy eyes and eyebrows. This wears off when the Botox wears off so would take three to four months. Dr Nabet, however, specialises in 'baby botox' a lower dosage, which means that patients get a more natural result and less of a 'frozen' expression. Other risks include more serious side effects, but these are rare and are a reason why it's important to go to a good, qualified doctor.

7. When will I see results?
Dr Nabet suggests the results can be seen as early as 24-48 hours after. You'll see maximum results about one week to ten days after your appointment.

8. Different between botox and fillers?
Botox and fillers are not the same thing. Although often administered together to treat the face as a whole, botox relaxed the muscles, while filler is used to add volume to areas that become hollow with age.

9. Celebrity fans?
Countless celebrities use Botox to keep wrinkles at bay. A few of the many to use it include Kylie Minogue, Cindy Crawford, Courtney Cox, Kim Kardashian and Nicole Kidman.

10. Who are the best candidates?
Patients with deep creases and lines are the best candidates. But Botox can also be preventative – if you're concerned about ageing, Dr Nasbet suggests you begin 'baby botox' from your mid-late 30s.

Dr Jules Nabet is a world renowned French aesthetic doctor with over 25 years’ experience in his specialised field of aesthetics. Practising in his clinics in Paris, London and Moscow, Dr Nabet enjoys an international reputation and ranks in the top Botox practitioners, he also has his own range of cosmeceutical skincare products. His philosophy is to re-capture the look of one’s younger self instead of creating a radically new look. Dr Jules Nabet Medical Rooms, Royal Garden Hotel, 2-24 Kensington High Street, London.

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