We live in a time when going under the knife is no longer the only resort to maintaining a youthful and rejuvenated appearance. What the modern woman expects from the beauty industry these days has changed as there are several non-surgical procedures available that can turn back the hands of time. 

One of the most popular and commonly used treatments available is Botox, short for botulinum toxin. This drug is injected into the muscles of the face to temporarily eliminate the appearance of wrinkles and lines around the forehead and eyebrows, and crow’s feet around the eyes. If you are considering your first botox treatment this article will provide you with everything you need to know so you can make an informed choice. 

The Advantages of Botox 

The Results 

With all the expensive serums, lotions and creams on the market that fail to live up to their promises of youthful looking skin, Botox is a tried and tested solution which delivers what it sets out to. 

Botox is highly effective at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and works by temporarily blocking the nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. Many of the lines on the face are formed as a result of repetitive expressions such as squinting or smiling causing laughter lines and creases around the eye area. By relaxing these muscles the lines that form also relax and soften.  


Unlike plastic surgery, receiving treatments from a vetted botox provider will ensure your results are achieved in a relatively painless manner without any swelling, bruising or other unpleasant side effects. With botox treatments there is also no need to recuperate afterwards. 

Since the effects of botox wear off over time, you can revert back to your original appearance, which is something that cannot be easily done with other more drastic treatments such as a facelift. 

Fast and Convenient 

Often known as the ’lunchtime procedure’ compared to other more invasive options, a botox treatment is far more convenient and faster. Appointments can even be scheduled during your lunch hour at work and can be completed within approximately 20 minutes. 

The Disadvantages of Using Botox 

Temporary Results 

As with most anti-aging treatments, maintenance is required over time. However, unlike treatments such as face lifts which can last seven to ten years, botox will begin to wear off after a few months. 

To maintain a youthful appearance all year round you will need to factor in regular appointments to top up your treatments. 


Depending on the areas being treated and the amount of botox required, a botox procedure around the eyes and forehead will typically cost around $300 to $600. With the need to top up treatments every three to four months the cost can quickly add up, making this an expensive option over the course of a year. 

Frozen Features 

As botox limits the movement of your muscles, if it is injected incorrectly or by someone inexperienced it can result in limited facial movements and expressions. This frozen look has come to be associated with botox for a reason, and by booking a treatment with a reputable and certified practitioner you can avoid such mistakes. 

With the information in this article, you can now decide whether this is the right route for you.