What Is Botox and Is It Safe?


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Botox® is one of the quickest and easiest ways to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines on your face. The procedure is straightforward, requiring nothing more than an injection, and the risks involved are minimal. You are free to go about your normal routine as soon as the treatment is complete, so no time off work is necessary.



My name is Dr. Panut Oprasertsawat , and I work at the Healthy Skin Clinic in Phuket Town, Thailand. My expertise in cosmetic dermatology, and being able to speak English as a second language, as well as my native Thai, allows me to treat many of the medical travelers that get Botox in Phuket . We offer many different treatments for skin rejuvenation, but Botox stands out as one of the most popular.


Treatment is simple and does not involve any invasive surgery: one reason why patients try Botox. Many frequently return because of the excellent results they enjoy.


It is understandable that you may feel a little apprehensive about having Botox injections for the first time, so this article aims to answer the questions you might have in mind.


How Botox Works


Botox is actually a trade name for botulinum toxin, a substance that interferes with the chemical signals responsible for causing muscles to contract. When Botox is injected into your face and these neurotransmitters are blocked, your face muscles relax and your wrinkles become less visible. Botox is especially good at combating furrows on your forehead, the fine lines around the side of your eyes (often called Crow’s Feet), and the frown lines that appear between your eyebrows.


Are There Any Risks Involved with Botox?


Although Botox is one of the safest skin rejuvenation treatments available, botulinum toxin is poisonous . For this reason, it is important that you visit a dermatologist who is qualified to treat patients with Botox, and the more experience they have the better. Fortunately, the amount of this neurotoxin protein used for treating facial wrinkles is so small that there is very little chance of adverse side effects.


If you do experience any discomfort after your injections, they are likely to come in the form of swelling or bruising at the site of the injection. For injections close to the mouth, in some rare cases you could suffer temporarily from a slightly droopy smile. Any side effects you may encounter usually fade away within just a few days.


Preparing for Your Botox Appointment


Ahead of having Botox injections, there is very little you need to do or be aware of. We do advise not taking aspirin, ibuprofen, or any other medications that have blood-thinning properties in the week prior to your Botox appointment. The reason for this is that thinner blood equates to an increased risk of bruising. It is a good idea to add some leafy greens like kale and spinach to your diet in the week running up to your Botox, as these will boost your levels of vitamin K and thus help lower the possibility of swelling.


What Happens After Your Botox Injections


Once you have your injections it is important not to touch or massage the area where Botox has been administered. This could lead to the toxin moving to an area that you did not want to be treated. Apart from that, you are free to return to work, exercise in the gym, or just put your feet up and relax!


Botox does take a few hours to start affecting your muscles, and the first visible effects on your wrinkles will take at least a few days to appear. Within a few weeks, the full effect of your Botox treatment will be apparent and you can expect the results to last anywhere up to six months. After that time you will need to follow up treatment to make your wrinkles less noticeable again.


Getting Botox at Healthy Skin Clinic in Phuket


For affordable Botox injections, Thailand is one of the top destinations in the world, and people from all over the planet visit for treatment. At the Healthy Skin Clinic we offer a treatment consisting of 18 units of Botox for just $115, which works out at just under $6.50 per unit. Book an appointment with now online, here at Medical Departures. If you have any trouble scheduling a time slot, just contact the Customer Care Team who can arrange a Botox appointment for you.



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2. Botox Also Called Botulinum Toxin Type A. MedlinePlus. https://medlineplus.gov/Botox.html

3. Cronkleton, Emily & Wells, Diana. Is Botox Poisonous? Here’s What You Need to Know. Healthline. 23 February 2018.


Panut Oprasertsawat

DR. Panut Oprasertsawat is specialized in Aesthetic Medicine,Thread Lifting and Skin Rejuvenation treatments. He is a member of The Medical Council of Thailand and works at Healthy Skin Clinic situated in Phuket, Thailand.
To get in touch with this author, or for more info regarding this article, please contact us at author@medicaldepartures.com

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This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be medical advice or instructions for medical diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified medical professional before starting or changing medical treatment