Last fact-checked: 1 April 2020
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Botox is a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment with millions of treatments administered across the world every year. Its active ingredient is derived from an organism called clostridium botulinum, which occurs naturally in the environment.
Botox is mainly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
In extremely small concentrations, it is injected into muscles below lines and wrinkles, preventing signals from reaching the cells to contract or shorten; this process essentially paralyzing them halting the onset of wrinkles.
Botox is also useful in other medical applications for treating a variety of problems, including eyelid spasms, neck and shoulder spasms, migraine, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), strabismus (crossed eyes), overactive bladder and hay fever.
Although Botox is the name that people apply to all botulinum treatments, it is actually a brand name; others available include Dysport®, Vistabel® and Myobloc®.
The toxin that Botox is derived from is poisonous, but the doses are so minute in medical applications that it is perfectly safe. After all, our bodies can cope with a glass or two of wine, which contains alcohol—another type of poison. In fact, the FDA has reported very few cases of adverse reactions to the treatment during aesthetic use, making it one of the safest cosmetic treatments around.
The majority of people will be suitable for Botox, but there are some exceptions:
● There is no age limit to using Botox although it is thought that over 65s generally won’t benefit from it in terms of wrinkle prevention.
● Under 18s will not be treated with Botox because the muscles are not fully developed.
● If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, your doctor will advise you not to have the treatment.
● If you have an allergy to eggs, Botox may not be a good idea as the same protein found in eggs is also contained in Botox.
● Botox is only effective on “static” wrinkles—i.e. those that are caused by facial expressions. If you can see the wrinkle all the time (when your face is in a resting state), Botox will not be effective. For these, you might want to consider other wrinkle treatments, such as dermal fillers.
Botox is administered as an injection, and so there are a few things you should avoid for a week or so before your injections to minimize bruising . This includes any anticoagulant or blood-thinning drugs, including aspirin and ibuprofen, which should be avoided to decrease the risk of bruising. Some dermatologists go further with their list of dos and don'ts, including fish oils, ginger, cinnamon, green tea, multivitamins and red wine.
If you do bruise easily, you may want to start taking Arnica, which some people have reported to be effective.
Botox is administered by injection. Your doctor will mark out the appropriate injection points on your face and using a fine-needled syringe, inject the Botox gel directly into the muscles. You will feel a little discomfort but no sedation or local anaesthesia will be required.
Following your Botox treatment, you can resume your normal activities, although it is recommended:
● Not to rub the treated area and avoid make-up until the next day
● Avoid sleeping on your face for the first night
● Don’t do any strenuous exercise or activity for 12 hours after treatment
● Avoid excessive alcohol consumption for 24 hours
Turkey is becoming a global healthcare destination and is particularly popular with Europeans, especially the British and Irish. As a favourite holiday destination, it offers a familiar, trustworthy environment for medical tourists and for anybody thinking about trying Botox in Turkey, there is an additional draw of making substantial savings.
The treatment is quick to administer and won’t interfere with your holiday too much, if at all, as there is no downtime. You’ll go home looking refreshed—with everyone thinking your rejuvenated look is because of your holiday!
Major investment into Turkey’s private healthcare sector is ensuring that clinics and hospitals are at the top of their game, providing modern facilities that meet internationally-recognised standards on hygiene and safety, are equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and staffed by doctors with considerable expertise.
Quality facilities are located throughout the country, particularly in popular tourist locations, including Istanbul, Izmir and Antalya.
Having said that, if you want to be sure you are going to a reputable medical provider, it’s best to do your research thoroughly beforehand—or book your appointment via Medical Departures. We carry out our own background checks before we partner with any facility, verifying doctor qualifications, confirming professional memberships, searching legal/criminal records and carrying out onsite visits. We also publish patient reviews, alongside clinic photos, prices and location maps so you can make your own, informed choice of where is best for you.
Top-rated clinics in Turkey for Botox include:
Check out the average Botox prices in Turkey in the table below compared to your home country:
Botox cost per unit – Home
Botox cost per unit – Turkey
(Note: the prices above are approximate. Please check our current prices for your selected clinic for estimated costs of treatment).
Book an appointment online for Botox in Turkey, or speak to Medical Departures’ Customer Care Team to find out more. You can schedule your appointment online right here any time of the day or night, at no charge to you.
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