We’ve all had one of those days when we’ve turned up to work with loo paper stuck to our shoe, smeared lipstick and our husband’s glasses on while cramming a Hobnob into our mouths because we ran out of time for breakfast…again.
But when it comes to the office Christmas party it’s our big chance to show our colleagues, and our boss, just how fabulous we can really look!
And wrinkles are most certainly not invited.
So now’s the time to book in your botox and dermal filler treatments ready for the festive season. Yes, right now! Don’t leave it until December, and here’s why…
How long does it take botox to work?
We’d recommend having your botox treatment at least two weeks before a big event, ideally a month ahead of it to allow us to review and, if necessary, top up your dose for optimum results.
Botox actually takes effect, by blocking the signals which make your facial muscles contract, just a few hours after you’ve received the treatment.
Most patients notice some improvement after a few days, however it can take up to two weeks for the muscles around your wrinkles to fully relax and for you to start to reap the full rewards. The timescales vary because they are dependent upon your skin type and the nature of the wrinkles being treated (so your fine lines will disappear quicker than deep wrinkles).
Gently exercising the treated area by making facial expressions may speed up the results and give you the best final outcome. However don’t be tempted to rub your face after your injections or use any other facial treatments for 24 hours.
In fact the benefits will continue to increase over the next couple of months as the skin gradually smooths out, now that the muscles have stopped forming the wrinkles.
We offer a free review after every botox treatment where our expert practitioners may include a free top up if they feel a greater improvement can still be achieved.
If you’re unsure when to have your treatment, we offer a free consultation to our all patients where one of our team will be able to advise you on the likely timescales for the full benefits to be revealed.
How long does botox last?
How long the effects of your botox treatment will last is dependent upon your skin type and the type of wrinkles treated, but generally you should assume that you’ll need a repeat treatment after around four months, as the botox is naturally broken down and flushed out by your body.
How long does it take dermal fillers to work?
Unlike botox, dermal fillers will give you immediate results, mostly with a single treatment, although we generally recommend a course of three treatments for maximum effect if you’re having our Restylane skin boosters. We suggest that you have dermal fillers at least two weeks before any important event, six weeks before if you’re planning a course of three treatments.
Dermal fillers inject hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid under the skin, which has both a plumping and moisturising effect. The treatment works immediately and often the practitioner can make any adjustments needed then and there. However, we do offer our dermal filler patients a review appointment two to three weeks after treatment to check everything has settled properly and that you’re completely happy with the results.
It is totally normal to feel a little red, bruised or swollen immediately after the treatment. We’d generally expect this to subside after a few days, but to be on the safe side allow a couple of weeks if you have a particularly important event coming up.
How long do dermal fillers last?
Our rejuvenating and hydrating Restylane skin boosters will generally continue to smooth out your skin for 6 to 12 months, whereas the thicker consistency of our Juvederm Voluma volumising fillers means that the benefits should last up to 18 months.