As one of the most highly requested non-surgical cosmetic treatments, Botox® can have truly transformative effects when administered by a skilled professional. If you are considering booking an anti-wrinkle injectable treatment, there are several factors you should consider before you commit to the procedure. It is always important to do adequate research when deciding on a clinic and injector and be aware of red flags to look out for.
Let’s look at the danger zones associated with injectable procedures, where not to inject Botox® and how to choose the right practitioner to help you achieve subtly beautiful results.
What is Botox®?
Botulinum toxin, often shortened to Botox®, is a neurotoxic protein which is administered to certain parts of the face to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. By temporarily blocking chemical signals from your nerves, muscles that would ordinarily contract remain relaxed, and creases in the targeted area are reduced. Whilst Botox is extremely popular as a cosmetic procedure for anti-ageing purposes, it is also used to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including migraines and excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis). Once the injections have been administered, you can expect to notice initial results within a few days, with the full effect becoming visible in around two weeks. Botox has become an immensely popular aesthetic treatment in recent years, favoured for its non-surgical nature, quick and pain-free process and impactful results.
The dangers of unqualified injectors
Whilst Botox® undoubtedly offers an abundance of benefits and is extremely popular for its ability to produce a younger-looking complexion, it is essential to remember that it is a prescription drug and, as such, should only ever be administered by an advanced healthcare professional with the relevant qualifications.
Warning signs to look out for when searching for an aesthetic practitioner include:
- Lack of qualifications – A qualified aesthetician should have proof of a medical degree and aesthetics training from a reputable provider.
- No before & after photos – Your practitioner should be able to provide clear images of the results they have achieved for patients.
- Non-sterile environment – Strict safety and hygiene procedures should always be observed for injectable treatments to minimise the risk of complications or infection and ensure patient well-being.
- Lack of social proof – Your chosen clinic should have a clear online presence and plenty of positive verified patient reviews.
- No consultation – Your clinician should ask you to undergo a complete consultation which covers your entire aesthetic and medical history. This is the only way they can provide you with a safe and effective treatment plan and follow best practices for complications risk and management.
Most popular Botox® treatment areas
- Forehead – Covering the upper third of the face, the forehead is often the first area for unwanted fine lines and wrinkles to appear.
- Brow lift – Research has shown that the eyebrows are one of our most expressive facial features, often raised subconsciously as a reaction to surprise, anger or enjoyment.
- Frown lines – The space between the eyebrows is also a prime spot for telltale signs of ageing to creep in, as we often furrow these muscles whilst concentrating intensely.
Where not to inject Botox®
Since Botox® is often injected very close to the eye area, the procedure must be undertaken by a professional with advanced knowledge of the head and neck anatomy. These are three common mistakes that botched injectors make when treating patients:
- Injecting too deep – If botulinum toxin is injected too quickly or deeply, excessive bruising and swelling can occur, which, in extreme cases, may result in a trip to A&E.
- Injecting too much – An excessive amount of Botox® can relax muscles too much and result in a heavy feeling that causes the skin to sag.
- Injecting the wrong muscle – A skilled aesthetician will be familiar with the exact injection site for the best results and have the ability to administer it precisely.
Anti-wrinkle treatments at Acquisition Aesthetics
Our botulinum toxin procedures cover a wide range of patient complaints, from the forehead and brow areas to the jawline and neck. All injections are carefully tailored to your individual needs and aesthetic goals by skilled medical professionals who have advanced expertise on the most effective injection sites and where not to inject Botox®.
At Acquisition Aesthetics, we train medical professionals, including doctors, dentists and nurses, in the safe and proficient practice of non-surgical injectable procedures. Model patients who attend our live training courses can benefit from exceptional quality treatments at significantly discounted prices. All procedures are administered by advanced healthcare professionals and closely overseen by our expert faculty of aesthetics trainers, so you can be sure that you are in safe hands. If you are interested in booking one of our treatments, you can book directly on our website or by getting in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0203 514 8757 to speak to a member of our team.