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I would like your comments on this. My sister-in-law is coming to visit us in Guadalajara the first two weeks in February and she mentioned that she'd like to get some Botox done. It's cheaper in Mexico than in England.
I've heard a few horror stories and am wondering what your take on that is. Any comments?
I'm sure you know lots of people who've had this done and after reading your blog I know you have some good comments!
Here's an article for your sister-in-law, Injectable Fillers: Easy Approval Leads to Health Risks.
It's specifically about some horror stories with injectable fillers in the UK.
This article, Botox Dangers: How to be Sure You are in Good Hands, covers precautions to take as well as post-treatment care.
Most importantly, she should look for a medical practitioner who:
•Has extensive experience with Botox and facial fillers;
•Uses FDA-approved brands; and
•Has in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy.
Has your sister-in-law had any Botox before? If not, more may be required the first time. A lot depends on the condition of her face.
Botox alone would be about $240 USD in the UK and $140 USD in the Guadalajara area of Mexico.
However, if it's her first time and she has deep wrinkles, the doctor may recommend fillers along with Botox for best results. That would cost roughly $700 USD in the UK and $500 USD in Mexico.
The doctor should spend a good deal of time talking with the patient to see how her face moves and to learn what bothers her specifically about her appearance.
The doctor may apply topical anesthetic to the area to be injected. I highly recommend this. The anesthetic will require several minutes to take effect.
The patient barely feels a Botox injection. Hyaluronic Acid fillers sting a bit upon injection and ache very slightly for a couple of days until the filler is integrated. I think of HA fillers like getting replacement parts for my car. The brake linings wear out and thin; so I replace them.
There's no downtime; but may be some inflammation or bruising (especially on thin-skinned people with superficial veins like me). So tell your s-i-law to bring along a good concealer.