Wrinkly Dog

Oh jeez, is that a wrinkle beginning to form? What should you do? Isn’t there someone that should be notified in situations like these?

It’s inevitable, we all know it, but when it happens it seems like the worst thing in the world. It means old age is on its way and we are starting our slow descent towards beige-coloured clothing and permed hair.

The best way to keep wrinkles at bay is to maintain a good skincare regimen but, once the wrinkle is there, no amount of creams and scrubs can get rid of it.

So why do wrinkles appear in the first place?

As we age collagen and elastin, the proteins in our skin, begin to weaken. This makes our skin thin and loose, which causes folds to appear on the surface. This is why some anti-ageing creams claim to have collagen and elastin in them – but as we can’t absorb proteins this way they’re pretty useless.

Wrinkles can be testament to a full and interesting life, but if it’s getting you down then there is only one legitimate way to smooth those pesky lines and troublesome creases; Botox may have had a bad rap in the past, but it is the only surefire way to tackle ageing skin.

I know what you’re thinking: it sounds petrifying, why would I inject poison into my face? But this really is one of the safest treatments around. It is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the world and has undergone dozens, if not hundreds of tests to make sure it’s perfectly safe to use.

Botox has lots of medical uses including migraine relief and is also a solution for excess sweating, so the medical world is very familiar with the drug. As long as you choose a good doctor, there are few downsides to the treatment.

Although Botox is safe, choosing to have it is still a huge decision. Always weigh up the pros and cons and speak to your friends and family about it first. Of course, mum and dad will certainly be against the idea, but if you still want it after speaking to them then it might be the right choice for you. This is your skin, so make sure if you want Botox that you’re doing it for you and no one else.

First things first: you should always find an experienced doctor that knows a lot about skincare and will know how to make the treatment appear flawless and natural on your face. You don’t want to look frozen like one of the millions of celebrities that have taken it a bit too far! Patrick Bowler, Medical Director at Courthouse Clinics, spoke to us about how trust and having steadfast principles are key to happy patients:

“I have only ever treated patients that I felt would benefit from Botox and are in the right frame of mind for it. I have had consultations with many men and women who have displayed signs of body dysmorphic disorder and others who have requested higher levels of Botox than they actually need. My goal is to enhance the patient’s natural-looking beauty and I have been forced to refuse treatment in the past. Health is my number one priority.”

So finding someone you can trust and who has your best interests at heart is a MUST, but how can you tell for sure if they know their stuff? Allergan, the world’s leading manufacturers of Botox, say there are 5 questions you should always ask a doctor before having Botox. If they can’t answer you then scarper and choose someone more in the know!

1) Which brands and products do you use and why?
2) Has the product been extensively tested and researched?
3) Do you trust the manufacturer and why?
4) How widely is the product used around the world?
5) How satisfied are your patients with their results?

There is a lot to consider when getting Botox so do your research! Google is your friend, but avoid tabloids and just stick to the medical stuff.

At the end of the day Botox is a matter of preference. Some are completely against it whereas others think it’s a miracle cure. Whatever your opinion, we would just like to point out that there is no shame in getting wrinkles…but there is also no shame in wanting to do something about them either. Your body, your life, your happiness.