Alpha Male Botox – Look better & stay drier
Botox works, but it is important to understand how to make it work for you. Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available:
What is Botox?
Botox is the trade name of a drug based on a neurotoxin protein called botulinum toxin.
It is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In the UK the brands of botulinum toxin available are Vistabel, Azzalure and Dysport. They all work in the same way, which is by blocking the local release of a neurotransmitter thus preventing localised muscle contraction. Vistabel and Azzalure are currently the only products licensed for treating frown lines, however they can all be used safely by an expert.
What is it used for?
It is used to temporarily relax muscles and stopping localised sweat gland activity.It is used in medicine to treat many conditions where there is involuntary muscle contraction such as twitches, and some migraines.
The top male uses for botox are:
1. To minimise the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
2. To help control excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis).
Non-verbal communication is so important and your expression communicates a lot, either intentionally or not. The appearance of deep frown lines can give a slightly aged and unfriendly appearance, but this could be simply due to habits or straining to read a computer screen. Both will stimulate the frown muscles and create deeper facial lines.
The objective is never eradication of movement but simply a reduction in the depth of wrinkles forming. Men need a larger dose than women owing to their larger muscle sizes, but this needs to be done in a controlled fashion.
Keep your cool.
Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), soaking armpits and body odour all have marked impacts on confidence. In the boardroom you need to keep your cool, no matter what the situation.
Typically hyperhidrosis affects the armpits, a little botox can temporarily stop the sweat glands activating, preventing embarrassing shirt soaking. Typically the treatment lasts 4-6months. This means your shirts stay dry and your confidence is intact.
What are the risks?
Botox is a very safe treatment, it is used in many sites of the body and across a multitude of age groups. The risks are largely related to the site of injection. This means small red spots & possible small bruises which typically wouldn’t last more than 24-48hrs. We use a small amount of foundation immediately afterwards so it is completely unnoticeable, it is possible to go straight back to work unnoticed. In rare cases eyelid ptosis can occur (this is a slight droop of the eyelid), this is temporary, rare and reversible using special eyedrops. It is important to complete a medical history and to rule out some medical conditions which are contraindicated.
Who can provide it legally?
Legal providers of botox injections are doctors, surgeons, dentists, hygienists & registered general nurses. All providers should have full medical indemnity and should be able to provide examples of before & after treatments & testimonials.
Typical prices range from £150 – £500 depending on the number of sites being treated & the experience of the practitioner.
How is it done?
Step 1: Have a consultation to see if this is something that is suitable for you, all good clinics will take photos to show you where the treatment could be applied, a great solution is video analysis, for example we take a video clip of different expressions & this allows us to show where the key areas to target would be and any asymmetries that need to be addressed.
Step 2: Choose the treatment area(s). Typically there are 3 areas that are treated for appearance:
i) Frown lines – the vertical line(s) forming between the eyebrows.
ii) Forehead lines – these are the horizontal lines forming above the eyebrows also known as worry lines.
iii) Smile lines – the small lines that form at the edges of the eyes when making a true smile.
Step 3: Review – all good professionals will place a standardised dose to begin with & then top-up in 2 weeks
What to expect?
You won’t notice anything immediately but after 2-5 days you will gradually begin to notice lessened muscle movement, the maximum result will be after 2 weeks and that is when you should be professionally reviewed, and a top-up applied if necessary. A good professional always errs on the side of slight under correction.
When done by an expert in a precise managed way, there are really no problems. Typically you can expect the results to last for 4-6 months and it will manifest as a slow return to full movement/perspiration.
Dr Aalok Y Shukla BDS(Lon)
Alkali Aesthetics & Wellbeing