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The Basics of Botox in Singapore

One of the popular cosmetic procedures that many Singaporeans seek out is Botox, which is also one of the minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that are currently offered on the market. It is regarded as one of the fastest ways to achieve skin that looks younger and can provide an appearance of being more youthful. Also, aside from being used as a remedy to facial wrinkles, Botox is one of the procedures utilized to treat several known muscular disorders. Read further to learn more about Botox in Singapore.

What is Botox?

Botox is a brand name for an injectable drug derived from a toxin produced by the bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum that has been used medically for many years to address wrinkles and creases on the face, among other things. Other brands are now available on the market, but the name Botox is still used to refer to the treatment in general because it was the first of its kind.

What specific diseases or issues could Botox help with?

As mentioned earlier, Botox can be used to address both cosmetic and medical concerns. For cosmetic reasons, Botox can be administered to smoothen wrinkles and/creases on the forehead, eyebrows, eyes, nose, lips, neck, jawline, and china which are caused by aging. The medical conditions that uses Botox as part of treatment include dystonia (characterized by uncontrollable muscle movements),excessive sweating (commonly in the underarm), twitching of eyelids, lingering migraines, bladder issues, pediatric and adult spasticity, cervical dystonia and blepharospasm. It should be noted, however, that Botox is not a cure for any specific disease, but is rather used to alleviate symptoms as part of some therapy strategy.

How does Botox work?

Botox works by stopping the nerves from delivering signals to the muscles, which inhibits the muscles from contracting and allowing creases and lines on the skin to become looser and/or softer. Botox is used to treat muscle pain by blocking the nerve signals that trigger muscle contractions. This reduces uncontrolled muscle activity and relaxes the painful, chronically contracted muscles.

How much time will Botox in Singapore take?

A session in Singapore will usually take forty to 45 minutes consisting of a number of steps. Like any other medical procedure, a consultation will first be done before the actual procedure to allow the medical practitioner to ensure suitability of Botox to the patient. If all is well with the consultation, another 15 minutes will be spent in prepping the patient that will usually involve numbing (by using local anesthesia or topical cream, etc.) and preparation of the area (e.g., the part of the face, etc.) to be treated/injected. The medical practitioner will then proceed to administering Botox which usually lasts for 10 min to 15 minutes initially.

The full effects often take 7 to 14 days to manifest. The results of Botox can last for three to six months. Due to the gradual increase of muscle activity, fine lines and wrinkles begin to reappear in the skin, which will then require additional treatment. As the muscles diminish through time, the lines and wrinkles become less noticeable. It is usually advised by clinics in Singapore for patients to undergo routine care and continuous follow-up treatments for better and longer-lasting effects.

Does Botox in Singapore hurt?

The majority of individuals having Botox in Singapore feel little to no discomfort while undergoing treatment which can be attributed to the tiny needles being used to inject. Sensations of soft pinching or stinging can be felt but is known to be tolerable to most patients. A numbing cream/gel can also be used to help those who feel uncomfortable during Botox treatment.

Is there any downtime associated with Botox in Singapore?

There may be some redness or minor bruising following the treatment, but this will go away fast. Aside from that, you should be able to resume your normal activities soon following the treatment.

How safe is Botox in Singapore?

Low doses of botulinum toxin, such those used in Botox injections, are regarded as safe and have a lengthy safety track record, despite the fact that it can be lethal in high amounts. However, although considered safe, only a Board Certified medical practitioner is allowed to inject Botox in Singapore. You can request a referral from your primary care doctor for a specialist in Botox.

The following are some risks connected to Botox injections:

  • An allergic response to the Botox ingredient
  • Bruising/swelling close to the Botox injection site or to where the injection was made

Botox in Singapore commonly do not result to serious side-effects but one should immediately seek medical assistance once he/she experience any of the following symptoms:

  • drooping eyelids or blurry vision and other vision issues
  • blood in the urine and other urinary tract infection symptoms
  • shortness of breath
  • swallowing difficulties
  • slurring speech/having a lisp
  • experiencing numbness or paralysis in the areas that was never treated by Botox
  • severe ache in the stomach

Additionally, Botox is generally not recommended by medical practitioners if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How much does Botox in Singapore cost?

The cost involved in Botox in Singapore varies depending on a lot of aspects. Some clinics would charge per “area” where the Botox injection will be used. For example, for forehead lines, the cost can range from $200 to $700 while it can cost only $100-$500 for nose wrinkles. Other medical facilities would charge per unit of Botox used and the cost will depend on the brand and the amount of injection (measured in units) to be used for the treatment. In Singapore, the Botox brand usually costs $15- 25/ unit while other brands such as the Dysport range from $12- 20/unit. It is also common practice in Singapore to offer packages to patients as an added option.

For most treatments, it is always a case to case basis since the state of health physical features of each person differs. To be able to fully-determine if Botox is right for you, it is best to always consult with a board certified and trusted medical practitioner in Singapore.

Edwin Lim Medical Aesthetic Clinic

East Clinic

#02—12/13 Changi City Point Shopping Mall

Orchard Clinic (By appointment only)

#05-51 Lucky Plaza, Orchard Medical Specialists Centre

Phone: +65 69042218

Whatsapp: +65 96372218

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