Acknowledging you’re getting older isn’t always easy, but at some point it’s unavoidable – your face in the mirror will remind you every day. Fine lines and wrinkles just aren’t compatible with a youthful appearance, which is why many people (especially women) seek a solution.

Botox is one of the most popular anti-ageing treatment options. Originally used for a variety of medical purposes, it is now a common aesthetic treatment that gets great results. It’s definitely something to consider if you’re unhappy with your crow’s feet, frown and forehead lines!

But how does it work? Botox is the brand name of the Botulinum toxin, which temporarily weakens muscles when injected into them. This gets rid of wrinkles by paralysing the muscles that gather the skin into folds, which in turn leads to a smoother appearance. But the effect isn’t permanent. Botox wears off after a few months, and the muscles start moving/working normally again.

Is it safe?
Yes. Botox is a perfectly safe treatment that has been used by millions of people. As long as it’s administered by a professional, in the recommended amounts, there shouldn’t be any problems – although some people experience mild side effects, such as bruising or a post-procedure headache. However, Botox isn’t suitable for use by everyone, so a pre-treatment consultation is an absolute must.

Is it effective?
Again, yes! Anti-wrinkle lotions and potions promise plenty, with wildly varying results. Botox really delivers. You’ll see visible results in mere days – and the effect will last for weeks and weeks. Botox is especially effective at treating wrinkles on the upper half of the face (particularly the forehead and around the eyes). And it doesn’t just reduce the appearance of existing wrinkles. Preventing certain muscles from moving helps to prevent new wrinkles from forming. Botox can also be combined with other treatments, such as dermal fillers, for complete facial rejuvenation.

Prices for one area start at around £200, which is excellent value when compared to the price of certain prestige face creams, which do not even begin to deliver the same precise, measurable effects. If you’re serious about sorting your lines and wrinkles, Botox is by far the best option.