Who said Botox in Hong Kong has to be expensive? Botox injections don’t have to cost an arm and leg if you know where to go.
Are you feeling like you want to erase a wrinkle or two?
We’re sure you have a lot of questions so, 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. This 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.
Curious to see how botox could work for you whilst being mindful of your budget? We’ve got you covered.
While many clinics located in Central may charge a high price for injections, you can expect to pay about 50-60% less by going to clinics located in Causeway Bay, TST, or Mongkok.
What are the 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 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.
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 sweating in the areas you get injected. Underarm Botox 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 to just 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.
- 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.
Where to get Botox done in Hong Kong? Top two salons for getting Botox done at lower prices
Medik Pro is well-known for offering Botox injections at multiple locations across Hong Kong at very reasonable prices. The prices at Medik Pro 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 Medik Pro 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, Medik Pro 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 of the doctor’s tendency to over-inject, six units is a relatively small amount.
Phone: +852 2104-1911
Location: 23F Siki Centre, 21-23 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay
Want to compare these two options to higher-priced clinics in Central, Hong Kong?
We listed two Central clinic options below so that you can see for yourself the difference in prices of Botox in Hong Kong.
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.
Location: Duddell Street, 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.
Location: Queen’s Road Central
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 big no-no. People who’ve previously had an allergic reaction to the drug or any of its ingredients shouldn’t keep trying.
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 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 either side of the neck and chest
- Gallbladder dysfunction
- Diplopia, or double vision
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth, known as xerostomia
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 sticking to drinking plenty of water after your procedure and avoiding 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 you don’t want it to 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. There are some antibiotics that can react with your injections so be sure to tell your doctor about all the medication that 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 to reduce your wrinkles, but smoking will do the exact opposite – if you care about your skin we recommend you try to quit.
Can I workout 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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