If you’re going to do it, you want to do it right: Michaela Shaw from Caci shares everything you need to know about appearance medicine.
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botox® is a purified protein, and has been used for more than 20 years for the effective treatment of medical conditions and for cosmetic reasons; Caci has treated over 10,000 New Zealanders with appearance medicine. Botox® temporarily reduces the action of treated muscles, resulting in softer lines or wrinkles in the overlying skin. The more regular the treatments, the longer the results last for a smoother, wrinkle-free appearance.
When is the best time for a bride to have a Botox treatment in the lead-up to her big day?
In order to soften lines before your wedding, it’s best to have a Botox treatment about four months before you say “I do”. The treatment takes just 10 to 15 minutes, and the results appear gradually over the following few days. Results last for up to four months, so by the time your wedding comes around, you'll have become used the look.
Does it create a “frozen” appearance?
Definitely not. Botox® relaxes the treated muscle, while the other facial muscles remain active and expressive. It’s about enhancing the way you look, not changing it! Caci works with you to ensure you get the best possible results that meet your expectations.
How much does it cost?
Botox® is affordable – the cost varies depending on the amount of product needed to achieve the results you require and the areas being treated. Caci offers affordable payment plans, so you spread the cost of treatments to suit your budget.
What can be done about lips?
Dermal filler, an injectable gel made from hyaluronic acid, can be used to help restore loss in lip volume and soften lines around the lips. When done in small amounts, it has a subtle and natural look. Caci use a dermal filler called Juvederm for lip enhancement. It contains a local anaesthetic that provides more comfort both during and after the injection. It's best to have this treatment done a few months before your wedding to ensure you're happy with the results.