The guide to the best doctors and clinics for Botox injections in Bangkok
Botulinum toxin, commonly known as Botox, is a biologic substance widely used in cosmetic medicine to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles, to prevent their formation, and to overall reduce the signs of aging.
Although being commonly referred to as a toxin, it is actually a very safe treatment; since at least a decade the improper use of the term toxin has been substituted with the more correct term neuromodulator: this is because Botox is not toxic to cells, it actually modulates the way the nervous impulses are transmitted from the nerves to the muscles. It is also wrong to think that Botox paralyzes faces: when injected by an expert surgeon the results are far more natural and subtle; if this wasn’t the case, Hollywood actors would not be able to play any role due to their paralyzed faces. When abused though, the effects can be unnatural, hence why it is very important to receive Botox injections only by qualified doctors and surgeons with knowledge and experience in this specific treatment.
Botox as a treatment for expression wrinkles
Not all lines and wrinkles are the same. They can be caused by different factors such as loss of collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin due to sun damage (elastotic and atrophic wrinkles) or by compression, like from the weight of the head against the pillow while we sleep.
The best candidates for botulinum treatment are the dynamic wrinkles, also known as expression wrinkles, which form due to the repeated use and contraction of the face muscles. Botox can not only improve the look of already formed expression wrinkles and lines, but it can also prevent their formation by strategically easing the contraction of some of the muscles in the face. The location of the injections varies among individuals: we are not all the same, we age differently, we develop lines and wrinkles differently and we use the expression muscles differently. An expert doctor will be able to determine where it is best to inject Botox and how much of it is needed to achieve optimal results for your specific case.
Botox is effectively used to treat forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, marionette lines, smile lines, bunny lines, …
Treatment duration varies among individuals and depends on the metabolism, amount injected, area of the face where it is injected, whether it is the first treatment or it has been done several times before, … on average it lasts 3 months, but some patients report effective results for up to 8-9 months.
Botox as a treatment for hyperhidrosis and migraines
Botox is not just a cosmetic treatment to fight the signs of aging. It is also an effective treatment for chronic tension headaches or migraines and for hyperhidrosis, which is a condition characterized by excessive sweating.
Botox is an FDA approved treatment for chronic migraines since 2010. It is injected in the area affected by the headache and it is believed to block the release of the chemicals responsible for the pain. Treatment lasts for 10-12 weeks and it is said to decrease the frequency of migraine by 50% on average.
In the case of hyperhidrosis Botox was approved by the FDA in 2004 and works by blocking the nervous signals that make the sweat glands release their content. On average, treatment is effective for 2-8 months.
There is no difference in the substance injected for cosmetic purposes or to treat migraines and hyperhidrosis, it is the same botulinum toxin or Botox.
How long should I stay in Bangkok to have Botox injections?
The procedure takes between 10 and 45 minutes depending on how many units are injected and how many areas are treated.
The injections are performed with no anesthesia. Sometimes a local anesthetic might be applied, or ice can be used to avoid the discomfort. Ice can also be used to prevent bruising which is normal and fades in a couple of days.
The effects of the Botox injections will be apparent after 3-5 days and maximal effects will be visible after 10-14 days.
There is no need to stay in Bangkok after undergoing the treatment. You are free to travel as soon as you leave the clinic.
What should I know before having Botox treatment in Bangkok?
According to several studies, Botox is the top performed minimally-invasive cosmetic procedure both among men and among women, showing an increase in treatments of over 850% since the year 2000.
Due to its popularity, many healthcare professionals now offer this service: from dentists, to GPs, to ophthalmologists. This happens all over the world, as doctors see Botox as a way to make quick and easy money. Unfortunately, in most countries you just need a medical or nursing license to be allowed to perform this treatment. Other countries require physicians to obtain a certificate that can be secured with a training lasting less than a day.
Cosmetic medicine and surgery though are not this simple. Plastic surgeons have a thorough knowledge of the nerves and muscles of your face. They receive extensive training, lasting several years, to be able to provide their services. Moreover, aesthetic sense is needed to create a harmonious result: it’s not just medicine, some would argue it is a form of art.
Bangkok is no different: you can find a clinic providing Botox injections in every corner of the city. But not all doctors nor all clinics are the same in terms of results! For these reasons, it is wise to seek this treatment from a reputable and renown professional and not just from the cheapest one. Finally, a good doctor will also tell you when you do not need Botox treatment. As we saw not all wrinkles are the same and, in some cases, money is better spent on other treatments, such as dermal fillers.
This doesn’t mean only plastic surgeons are capable of performing Botox injections and ensuring good results, nor it means that all plastic surgeons are good at it.
What activities should I avoid after having Botox treatment?
Here are the top 8 things to avoid after having Botox injections:
- Avoid exercising for the first 24 hours. Exercising increases blood flow to tissues so it could interact with the diffusion of the drug. Increased blood flow could increase bruising too in those who are subject to this side effect. Wiping your sweat by touching your face could also interact with the way Botox distributes in the tissues.
- Avoid wearing tight hats, masks, goggles for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid or at least limit the consumption of alcohol.
- Avoid blood thinning medications (ask your doctor first).
- Avoid other facial treatments, such as dermabrasion, chemical peels, lasers, etc. for a couple of days.
- No rubbing or massaging your face for a couple of days.
- Wait at least 4 hours before lying down.
- Avoid hot showers, sun tanning, sauna, or other forms of heat exposure for 24 hours.
These are general recommendations and might be slightly different among different doctors so ask your treating physician for more details.
What is the cost of Botox treatment in Bangkok?
In other countries such as USA and Australia a unit of Botox is usually priced between 10 USD and 20 USD.
In Bangkok the average price for 1 unit of Botox (same brand) is 6-9 USD.
What are the best doctors and clinics for Botox injections in Bangkok?
Here are the Top Clinics for Botox treatment in Bangkok: