Basic knowledge about Botox, its costs and some tips by Dr. Ryan from Vivid Surgeons

Introduction to Botox

We all want to look aesthetically pleasing to the eye and sometimes are not satisfied with some flaws we see in ourselves. These flaws include wrinkles, which turn into insecurities that we want to fix. To eradicate wrinkles and achieve their ideal standards of beauty, some people turn to Botox – short for botulinum toxin or jaw botox. Are you one of the individuals looking to find more information on Botox and its costs? Well, look no further for this article will educate you on the basic knowledge about botox and its costs, providing you with all the tips you should look out for before the application of botox. 

What is Botox and how does it work?

Botox – short for botulinum toxin, is a drug that weakens or paralyses muscles. It is made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum (the same toxin that causes botulism), usually used to reduce or remove wrinkles or as a treatment for certain muscle conditions such as muscle spasms. It is to be noted that botulinum is extremely toxic and harmful.

Some scientists have said that 1g of this toxin can kill millions of living people. However, botox is a safe drug and protein that can have certain therapeutic benefits. Additionally, albeit it being a toxin, when used in small and weak doses, botox can certainly be used for cosmetic or medical uses when applied correctly.

You may now be wondering, how does this toxin work? Well, botox injections work by targeting and disrupting specific nerves,  resulting in the weakening or paralysing of certain muscles. When botulinum toxin is injected, it blocks signals of the nervous system nerve that result in the contracting of muscles. This way, the muscles relax, reducing unwanted wrinkles. The effect of botox can last to about 12 months, depending on which part of the nervous system is being affected. 

What are some uses of Botox? 

Botox is usually used for the reduction or eradication of the presence of facial wrinkles. It can be also used in other areas, such as jaw botox. Like we mentioned above, the effect of botox lasts for about 3-12 months, depending on the type and kind of treatment applied. One of the main reasons for the use of botox is for cosmetic purposes, whether it is to look younger or more aesthetically pleasing.

Here is a list of some of the most common botox procedures and facial areas people use botox on:
  • Frown lines, due to the folding the tissue between your eyebrows too often
  • Crow feet, which refers to wrinkles at areas around the eyes
  • Horizontal lines and creases formed in the forehead
  • Lines at the edge of the mouth
  • Cobblestone chin skin, making the shin at the chin look knobbly 

Aside from the fact that botox can be used for cosmetic reasons, it also has its medical purposes. It can be used to treat:
  • Crossed eyes, also known as strabismus
  • Blepharospasm, which are spasms in the eyelids 
  • Cervical dystonia
  • Spasm of neck and shoulder muscles 
  • Neuromuscular conditions 
  • Conditions resulting in muscles being severely stiff
  • Excessive sweating, which is also known as primary focal hyperhidrosis

How is the procedure of getting botulinum toxin injections like? 

During the process of getting your botulinum toxin injected, your doctor will first rub an anesthetic cream on the area, numbing the area before the injection to prevent any pain. Then, the toxin is then injected into specific facial muscles and directly to the nervous tissue. The whole process probably only takes several minutes, and can be swiftly conducted at the consultation room at the clinic or doctor’s office.

It will take about 24 to 72 hours to see the visible effects of muscles (usually facial) relaxing and the disappearing of visible wrinkles. According to different individuals, some activities should be avoided right after the injection. You should also take important note that botox should be avoided during pregnancy or breastfeeding as it can bring harm to your health and safety. Since botulism can be life-threatening and is caused by botulinum toxin, it is highly encouraged that pregnant mothers and mothers still breastfeeding avoid the consumption of that toxin in the body, in case it affects the child with comparably weaker immune systems. 

What are some of the costs incurred when getting botox?

Getting botox may have medical benefits such as treatment to certain muscle conditions and spasms and also aesthetic benefits. However, there are definitely costs that come with injecting toxins into your body. These costs that we are about to mention are both monetary costs and risks 

Monetary costs

In Singapore, botox pricing differs, depending on the desired area of application. The price ranges from about $100 to $1800. The price of botox also depends on the number of ‘units’ to be used, which depends on the area of injection as well. The more units to be used, the more expensive botox is. However, the number of units differs from person to person and so there is no particular fixed price for a specific botox injection. The different prices are also affected by the brands of botulinum toxin safe for use in Singapore, mainly Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. Botox and Dysport have a longer track record and are the most commonly used brands amongst the brands applicable to be used in Singapore, which include some newer drugs from China and Korea. 

Healthcare risks and side effects 

Botulinum toxin can have several harmful side effects on the body. These side effects may bring costs and disadvantages to your healthcare and safety. 

These risks include: 

  • Slight pain, swelling, or bruising around the area of injection
  • Symptoms alike those of flu
  • Headaches and migraines 
  • Stomach upset 
  • Temporary eyelid drooping
  • Feeling unwell
  • Temporary numbing and unintended paralysis in nearby muscles

To conclude on Botox and the costs that come with it

Ultimately, when used correctly, botox is safe and can bring about benefits through its use of cosmetic amendments and medical treatments. However, before deciding and going through with the use of it, do be sure to seek advice from your doctors and let them know of any medical conditions you have. This way, you will be able to remain safe and healthy with the use of botulinum toxin. 

Here at Vivid Dental Surgeons, we aim to educate and raise awareness for matters and issues regarding oral and dental hygiene. Especially during this COVID-19 period, we believe that it is highly essential that everyone maintains good oral hygiene and be safe. If you are interested in learning more, click here to read other related articles on our blog. Dr Ryan is also open to answering any questions you have regarding oral health matters, drop him a message here.

Dr Ryan and the Vivid Dental Team wishes everyone well and that you remain safe and virus-free!

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