Curious whether getting Botox in Singapore is the right step to make to get rid of your facial wrinkles and fine lines? If you are one of the many people who rely on the Internet for information, it is important that you read from a reliable source. Dr Chua Cheng Yu aims to provide his patients and would-be patients information and services that they can trust. That said, this article is written to give you facts you need to know when getting treatment of Botox in Singapore.
1. Botox vs. Botulinum Toxin
Here is to set the records straight. Botox is actually a brand of an injectable neurotoxin called botulinum toxin. However, the two terms have been used generally and interchangeably when talking about the subject of botulinum toxin because Botox is the pioneer among commercial botulinum toxin brands used for dermatologic purposes globally.
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin protein that is derived from the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria. This type of toxin, when injected into the facial muscles, works to block the transmission of brain signals from reaching the muscles, disabling the muscle’s ability to contract. As the muscle’s movement is disabled, it reaches a relaxed state that reduces the development and appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the skin.
2. Botulinum Toxin is poisonous – in large amounts
Botulism is a side effect that can be caused by botulinum toxin when processed by the body in high concentrations. This is not a hidden fact. When it comes to cosmetic or medical treatments, botulinum toxin is able to bring improvements on the body when it is administered in very small amounts. It is for this very reason that many beauty enthusiasts turn to the magic of this neurotoxin to maintain their faces’ smooth and youthful appearance.
3. Botox is just one of three botulinum toxin brands widely used in Singapore
Currently, there are three brands of botulinum toxin used widely by doctors in Singapore. These brands are approved by the US FDA and Singapore Health Science Authority (HSA) for safe use. The brands are:
- Botox (onabotulunim toxin A)
- Dysport (abobotulinum toxin)
- Xeomin (incobotulinum toxin A)
4. Difference between brands of botulinum toxin
Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin are able to deliver the same effects and longevity of results. There may be some difference when it comes to their cost and how fast the outcome of the treatment appears on a patient’s face.
Among the three brands, Dysport is able to show results faster than Botox and Xeomin. When counting costs, Dysport is also significantly cheaper as compared to the two other brands. If you are considering a proven track record, Botox has been on the market longest and is a popular choice among doctors.
5. Cost of Botox in Singapore
The range of cost when getting Botox in Singapore is from $150 to $1,800. The total amount of your treatment will depend on the part of the face that needs the treatment, the number of units required, and the brand of botulinum toxin to be used. There are clinics that offer treatment packages for Botox. This can be much cheaper if you have several facial areas for treatment that are clustered closely together.
6. Parts of the face that can be treated and improved with treatment of botulinum toxin
Botulinum toxin can improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines in the skin and other features that are found on the following areas of the face:
- Chin (dimpling)
- Jawline (V-shape contour)
- Glabella (skin that is part of the forehead located above and in between the eyebrows)
- Nose bridge (Bunny lines)
- Sides of the eyes (Crow’s feet)
7. Risks and side effects that can happen following treatment of botulinum toxin
There are some temporary side effects that can happen following the treatment of botulinum toxin. These include:
- Mild skin discolouration (redness)
- Minor swelling
- Slight pain
There are also rare side effects, such as allergic reactions to the neurotoxin and flu-like symptoms.
Risks of getting a botched treatment is highly to happen if the doctor administering your treatment has little experience with the application of botulinum toxin. The following risks could occur:
- Over or under correction of the treatment area
- Leaking of botulinum toxin to surrounding muscles that can cause an unwanted loss of facial muscle movement (e.g. drooping of eyelids or lips)
8. Choose a reliable doctor for your botulinum toxin treatment
Given the risks mentioned above, it is vital that patients choose a reliable doctor that is highly skilled in performing the treatment using botulinum toxin. There are a lot of clinics in Singapore offering this treatment and choosing which provider to go for can be overwhelming. Here are some factors you should consider when choosing a botulinum toxin treatment provider:
- Positive recommendations and reviews – Doctor recommendations can be easily asked from family and friends who have undergone aesthetic treatments. Likewise, there are tons of reviews from Singapore beauty bloggers or celebrities that you can read online. Do note that some posts may be sponsored, therefore giving biased opinions.
- The brand of botulinum toxin used by the doctor – There are only 3 brands that are approved for use in Singapore. These are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. Some clinics may use newer brands of botulinum toxin, which can be offered at prices that are cheaper than the three brands mentioned. It is important to remember that these have yet to receive approval from HSA. Best to just stick to brands that are US FDA and Singapore HSA approved for your safety.
- Follow-up consultation – Checking whether the treatment is taking effect without any complications or major side effects is essential. Some doctors charge for this on top of your initial payment, so better ask during your first consultation if this is already included in the amount that you are to pay for your treatment.
9. Advice on food when getting Botox
Patients are recommended to eat a small meal or light snack prior before the treatment.
Avoid taking the following for 7 to 10 days before your treatment to avoid the risk of bruising and bleeding:
- Aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen, Advil®, Motrin®, Nuprin®, Aleve®, Celebrex®
- Fish oil
- Ginko Biloba
- John’s Wort
- Vitamin E in high doses
A day before your Botox treatment, avoid consumption of any alcoholic beverage.
Following the treatment, patients are advised to avoid intake of:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Aspirin (unless needed and doctor prescribed) or other NSAIDs and health supplements enumerated above.
Dr Chua Cheng Yu
13 Stamford Rd, #B2-35 Capitol Piazza,
+65 8129 9789