I’ve been getting Botox on and off for around 10 years now. It started after I got my eyes fixed; basically I had caused a massive “dent” in the middle of my face in the space between my eyebrows by squinting because my eyesight had deteriorated badly enough that I eventually had to get Lasik surgery to fix it. 

Within days, really, I could clearly see that my furrowed brow was relaxing, smoothing out and that the dent was reducing. I was a complete and immediate convert.

Since then I’ve continued to use Botox to “top up” the brow area and have added other areas like my crows feet, the area across my whole forehead (frown wrinkles caused more by work than squinting) and around the eyebrows to help “open up” my eyes (so I look more awake).  

SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS ‘BOTOX’?

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Although we use the word “Botox” as a catchall for “botulinum toxin” the product’s official name, Botox is actually a brand name. But because of it’s excellent record of safety and the fact that it was the first in the market, the brand has become the product. 

As to why you should “get Botox” as we say; basically because if you want to look younger for longer this is one of the easiest ways to do it. According to a recent clinical study if you use Botox regularly and continuously you’ll end up looking at least 5 to 6 years younger than your peers

Botox is actually the most popular aesthetic treatment in the US according to a member data survey from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the other top treatments are laser hair removal, Hyaluronic acid, microdermabrasion and way down at the bottom is the chemical peel. 

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T BE AFRAID OF GETTING BOTOX

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Long gone are the days of dodgy operators poking your face with way too much Botox and making you look like either a wax doll or a very surprised wax doll. These days the doses are much smaller and in Singapore only available from reputable aesthetic clinics and doctors. 

If you choose to get Botox overseas you’re on your own; it’s not the product that causes cases of over-lifted eyebrows, it’s the lack of skill in the practitioner. At all times you should use a registered and reputable doctor and clinic should go without saying but, well, sometimes we do silly things on holiday, right? 

Once you have your doctor sorted out, you can then start your treatment. I’d recommend that if it’s your first time you should go with the old saying “less is more”. Try one particular area first or a smaller dose so that you get a more gradual “lift”. The clinic will generally “ice” your face while you are getting the jabs and some will also use numbing cream in advance so you don’t even feel the pinprick of the very small, very fine needle. 

You feel little to no pain when getting jabbed. You won’t really see or feel any effect for the first 12 hours or so. The next day you will wake up and the area you had the shots will feel stiff, almost as though it’s a bit numb (although it’s not actually numb as you can still feel it when you touch the area). After a few more days you’ll start seeing the effects of the Botox as the area will become less mobile and consequently more smooth. 

After a week or two you will really start to see the effect as your deeper lines start to disappear. If your furrows are terribly pronounced as mine used to be, you can improve that area even more by getting derma fillers added into the grooves to “plump them up” ‒ I’ve done this on deep wrinkles and scars and it really does help.

The treatment lasts from 3-6 months the first time you get it; with repeated doses its effectiveness increases as the muscles become less prominent; and you basically “train” yourself not to frown etc.

WHY I CONTINUE TO USE BOTOX … 
Basically it’s made me look about 10 years younger than my sister who is actually 2 years younger than I am! 🙂 … Shallow, I know, but it’s also a way for me to combat general wear and tear that’s easy, painless (at least for me) and relatively inexpensive. And it works; quickly. 

I’m all for using quality facial creams, eating well (mostly), sleeping enough (practically never) and doing other non-invasive things to stay looking healthy and yes, young; but Botox does it almost immediately, with absolutely no downtime. So, why WOULDN’T you use Botox? 

There are a number of reputable aesthetic clinics and doctors in Singapore. I visit Dr. Sylvia Ramirez at Cutis Laser Clinic located at Pacific Plaza #08-07, 9 Scotts Road. Tel: 6801 4000 or e-mail hello@cutislaserclinics.com. If you are concerned about which doctor to use, go to www.healthprofessionals.gov.sg/guidelines for information on aesthetic practice guidelines and if you do have a bad experience you can register a complaint.  

For more information about other aesthetic treatments read our story on the 5 best aesthetic treatments for younger looking skin or read our review on Ultherapy.