Considering Botox injections in Hong Kong but want to know more? Getting Botox injections in Hong Kong is very popular, so, fortunately, there are plenty of options available. One thing about getting Botox injections in Hong Kong is that the price will vary greatly.
Whether you are looking for a luxurious clinic in Central to get your Botox injections or whether you’re willing to catch a train to a less central location, we will give you the lowdown on all you need to know.
Feel like you want to erase a wrinkle or two? Read on, in this article we’re going to tell you:
- What Botox is
- The benefits of Botox
- Possible side-effects
- Our recommended salons for getting Botox injections
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. These bacteria usually exist in natural environments such as soils and lakes. However, when the bacteria is purified and injected at the right dose in the body, the particles in the bacteria block out the signals between nerves and muscles.
This results in muscle relaxation in the areas you choose. Botox can also be used to treat several other conditions, including excessive sweating and migraine headaches.
What are the most well-known benefits of Botox?
We all want to keep our youthful good looks, and keeping what you have is exactly what Botox does. Botox isn’t only going to magic away wrinkles, but actually, the big benefit of Botox is that it stops wrinkles from forming!
Your Botox injections stop the signals telling your brow to furrow or the corners of your eyes to crease. Because you’re no longer regularly moving and creasing up your skin, those lines don’t get deep and don’t stick around. The earlier you start using Botox injections, the less the lines will develop, keeping you looking young for years.
Botox is effective at making your wrinkles disappear because your skin is no longer moving all the time. It gets to the root cause of your laughter lines – your face moving so often. Think of the delicate silk blouse in your wardrobe; when it’s folded up for weeks, the creases are deep and hard to get out but leave it hanging with no folds, and it’ll stay pristine – just like your face after Botox injections.
What are some lesser well-known benefits of Botox?
Along with maintaining your great looks, Botox has other benefits too. Lots of celebrities will get Botox injections under their arms before red carpet events.
Are they worried about armpit wrinkles? Nope, Botox will stop you from sweating in the areas you get injected. This means that if you get your underarms injected with Botox, it will keep your armpits dry and prevent those dreaded damp patches on your stunning outfits.
It’s even possible to get Botox in the soles of your feet. We all know that sinking, sliding feeling when you’re wearing your best killer-heels and your feet get sweaty, and you’re walking like a duck just to stay upright. Botox in your feet will stop the moisture coming out and let your feet keep their grip.
One last benefit of Botox you might not even have thought of is relieving migraines. When your migraine is caused by muscle tension in your head, face, or neck, having Botox injections to relax those muscles should give you relief from the splitting pain.
Key points to remember before getting Botox injections
- Before going to a new clinic, be sure to find out your usual dosage of Botox injections (in units). This ensures consistency and satisfaction with how your Botox injections will turn out every time. We cannot overstate how important this is.
- Botox is sold under different brands. While they all use the same active ingredient, each brand will have different formulations. The pharmaceutical company Allergan sells “BOTOX,” which is considered to be the original Botox.
- All clinics, irrespective of location and price, tend to use similar brands of Botox. It’s best to talk to your doctor about which brand will be most suitable for your skin.
- Be wary of clinics that require you to spend a minimum amount per visit or pressure you to purchase a higher injection dosage. More doesn’t always mean better, and clinics that encourage you to pump in more Botox than you need are clinics to avoid.
I want to lower my Botox bill; which are the best HK salons for getting Botox done at a lower price?
Generally, clinics located in Central tend to charge a high price for Botox injections. Why is this? Because the rents in Central are expensive and they often have many staff. If you are happy to forgo the convenience of Central, head over to Causeway Bay, TST, or Mongkok to save at least 50% of your Botox bill.
Best affordable Botox Clinics in Hong Kong
1. Calm Medical
Calm Medical is well-known for offering Botox injections at multiple locations across Hong Kong at very reasonable prices. The prices at Calm Medical are standardized across all locations, which means you can get your beauty fix from Kowloon all the way to Hong Kong Island.
The clinic also offers a wide array of other treatments such as fillers. They stock well-known brands such as Teosyal and Juvederm.
Similar to Botox injections, you can expect to pay much less for filler injections at Calm Medical versus expensive clinics in Central. Mostly, it comes down to your needs and expectations and also the procedure that is done.
Costing $98 per unit of Botox, Calm Medical does not have any minimum spending requirements. But keep in mind, a professional, qualified doctor will be doing the injections, you will also get charged a doctor’s fee (approximately HK$500).
Phone: +852 9329-3209
16F Weibao Commercial Building, 513 Hennessey Road, Causeway Bay
Room TOP 1206-8, 700 Nathan Road, Mongkok
Room 1106A, Carnarvon Plaza, 20 Carnarvon Road, TST
First time getting botox? Worried that you’re going to look unnatural afterwards? Dr. Winnie Mui at Medispa is known for ensuring that you’ll look naturally flawless after the injections.
Dr. Winnie Mui previously worked at the well-known Dr. Lauren Bramley & Partners clinic in Central before moving on to Medispa, so you know you’ll be in the right hands.
The Botox brands Medispa offers are Allergan, Xeomin, and Dysport; the clinic charges per unit, rather than by area, at $130 per unit.
The minimum spending amount is six units, $780. While we don’t typically like minimum spendings on Botox because the doctor tends to over-inject, six units are relatively small.
Phone: +852 2104-1911
Location: 23F Siki Centre, 21-23 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay
I want to go to a luxury Botox clinic in Central; where should I go?
We listed two top-rated Central clinics below. You can expect highly trained doctors. You can also expect to be able to sip delicious herbal tea in luxury while waiting for your appointment.
Best luxury Botox Clinics in Central, Hong Kong
1. Central Health
Dr. Stephanie Lam at Central Health charges $3,000 for one area and $5,400 for two regions. The minimum spending requirement is $3,000. However, Dr. Stephanie Lam is highly experienced, and she trains other doctors on the use of fillers and Botox.
Central location: 3rd Floor, Baskerville House, 13 Duddell Street Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2824 0822
2. Skin Central
Dr. Carmen Lam at Skin Central charges $3,000 for the first 1-10 units of Botox and $190 for unit 11 and onwards. The minimum spend is $3,000. This clinic has excellent customer service; if you WhatsApp them, you can expect almost immediate service. They always seem to try to squeeze you in for an appointment if possible.
Risks of Botox
Though Botox is common in nature, there are some severe side effects to be aware of during and after the procedure.
Botox isn’t a procedure for everyone. You shouldn’t have the injections whilst pregnant, and Botox whilst breastfeeding is a no-no. People who’ve previously had an allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients shouldn’t attempt Botox injections again.
The procedure is generally well-tolerated with few side effects. The most common side effects are mild discomfort at the injection site, and hematoma commonly called bruising.
Other potential side effects to be aware of include the following:
- Mild pain, local edema or swelling, and erythema or reddening of the skin at the injection site
- Headache and nausea
- Malaise – feeling generally unwell
- Temporary paralysis of facial muscles
- Temporary drooping of the upper lid or brow is called ptosis.
- Weakness of the lower eyelid or lateral rectus – a muscle controlling eye movement
- Dysphagia – trouble swallowing
- Neck weakness
- Brachial plexopathy – a condition that affects the nerves on either side of the neck and chest
- Gallbladder dysfunction
- Diplopia, or double vision
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth, known as xerostomia
If you experience any side effects after receiving Botox injections, be sure to contact the clinic straight away. The doctor who performs the Botox injections should be experienced in treating side-effects. For example, ptosis (drooping of the upper lid) can be treated with oral medication and potentially a few more injections.
Frequently Asked Questions About Botox in Hong Kong
Can I drink alcohol after botox?
It’s best to avoid alcohol for 24 hours after Botox. Getting a Botox procedure can dehydrate you, so you’re best to stick to drinking plenty of water after your procedure and avoid alcohol for the day.
Can I get a facial after botox?
You should avoid facials and any face massages for about two weeks after your Botox injections. The fluid that’s been injected can get spread around and affect muscles when you get a facial. Get your skincare treatments done before your injections instead.
Can you get botox while breastfeeding?
Although it’s probably unlikely to cause any issues for your baby, there are bacteria in Botox. Not a lot of studies have been done on Botox and breastfeed, but recommend that you avoid it; your baby is more important.
Can you get botox while on antibiotics?
In general, Botox shouldn’t be affected by most antibiotics. Some antibiotics can react with your injections, so be sure to tell your doctor about all the medication you’re taking and let them make the final decision.
Can Botox cause headaches?
In a small number of patients, headaches can be a side effect of getting Botox. It’s not that common, but also not something to be too worried about. If your headache persists or gets worse, be sure to seek medical advice and let them know you’ve recently had Botox.
Can Botox permanently weaken muscles?
In the short-term, Botox does weaken your muscles so that your skin doesn’t wrinkle so much. If you use Botox for a very long time without any breaks, the muscles that receive the injection may begin to atrophy, and it’ll be hard to make them strong again. If you’re worried, speak with your doctor.
Can I take a flight after Botox injections?
Flying after Botox is generally not recommended; you should wait for at least two days, but ideally a week before taking a flight. Botox after a flight shouldn’t pose any extra risk.
Can I smoke cigarettes after Botox?
Smoking cigarettes after Botox won’t affect your treatment. However, smoking isn’t good for your skin at all. Getting Botox will help reduce your wrinkles, but smoking will do the exact opposite – if you care about your skin, we recommend trying to quit.
Can I work out after Botox?
You should avoid getting really hot after Botox, so a sweaty gym session isn’t a great idea. If you really need to workout after Botox, wait for at least four hours and, ideally, give it 24 hours if at all possible.
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