This article is written with inputs from one of our clients who took botox injections at our partner skin clinic in Andheri, Mumbai.
We’ve transcribed the interview which was taken verbally. The client is 34 years old (at the time of treatment). He is a marketing manager at a large corporate company. We asked him for a detailed insight into his experience for the benefit of others like him.
The interview was taken 4 weeks after his botox injections when he visited for a follow-up. He was very happy to share his experience, but wanted to remain anonymous. We’ll therefore refer to him with a pseudonym, Rakesh.
Please use this article as tool to clear your doubts about the procedure, the potential results, risks and after-care and the cost of botox injections. We purposefully touched upon these areas in the interview so that this article is helpful from a consumer’s point of view in understanding all that you require to know. You can also read more details on our page about Botox treatment in Mumbai.
If you have any further questions after going through the article, feel free to contact us from the floating button or the details provided at the end of this page.
Botox is a branded formulation of OnabotulinumtoxinA. You need not get perturbed by the long name, it’s basically an engineered version of a protein molecule (works as a toxin in its’ natural form) that is made by the clostridium botulinum bacteria. There are other engineered versions of the molecule such as Dysport also. The active there is AbobotulinumtoxinA.
These products are refined versions of the natural toxin and are engineered to perform targeted functions. They help with muscle spasms and conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). They even play a role in diseases such as rosacea. However, the most common application in dermatology is for reduction of fine lines and wrinkles which is an anti-aging treatment.
The molecule relaxes the muscles under the skin, thereby reducing their pulling action and hence reduces the wrinkles that they form. It’s more or less certain to get results. It’s not like creams that you keep applying for years without visible difference. Here, you’ll see the results pretty quick, starting 48 hours after the injection. They will keep improving over 2 weeks and will last for 4 to 6 months, depending on the metabolism of your body.
Without any more technical details, here’s a dive into Rakesh’s experience with botox at SkinGenious:
I had actually visited Dr. Chopra for an issue with my skin. It was a small patch of darkness for which I wanted a pigmentation treatment. That area looked darker than the rest of my face. I’m happy with my results on that treatment too, but it was completely by chance that I stumbled upon the option of getting Botox done.
I’d heard about it before, mostly from celebrity stuff on the news about who got what cosmetic work done. It actually gave me an image that the treatment would be very costly and something that people like me can’t afford. I also thought it’s some sort of cosmetic surgery and was quite pleasantly surprised about being wrong on both fronts.
I had seen some brochures in the waiting area about this, which said that botox isn’t really as expensive as you would think. I honestly thought that ‘not expensive’ would also mean something like 50-60000 rupees.
Just a few days back I’d seen my wedding photographs from 10 years ago and my wife looked exactly the same. I, on the other hand looked so much older. I hadn’t even put on much weight. I just looked older and my face looked a little wrinkled and puffy.
After my skin consultation, I was itching to ask about how much Botox costs and what the results really look like, but was a little embarrassed. I nevertheless put my question forward, expecting to hear some exorbitant amount which I would save up for when I look even more old!
However, Dr. Pooja informed me that Botox costs ₹350 per unit in Mumbai, and someone like me would just need 20-25 units (I had wrinkles around my eyes that are called crow’s feet). I immediately asked her if we could do the treatment on the same day.
Yes absolutely. She told me I could get the Botox injections on the same day. I initially asked her if I could see some pictures of results for others which she showed me. I saw the pictures and the first thing that came to mind is that these results look so impossible. If Botox can give such great results, then why aren’t more people doing it.
I stepped outside where her assistant applied a numbing cream on the areas where she was going to inject me. I also had to sign a consent form about the potential side effects and risks, which Dr. Chopra had already explained to me. I waited for maybe 15 minutes and then went straight into the treatment room.
She prepared the injections right in front of me. It was a very thin syringe. I sat on the treatment chair and was injected. The whole procedure took around 15 minutes. I did not feel any pain, just the sensation of the pricks where they were being made.
After the treatment, I was basically told that I need to take care that the product injected should not spread to surrounding areas. I was given 2 basic instructions which I remember well:
I was also asked to give a phone call in case I felt any sort of discomfort or pain. But I was absolutely fine. I just followed the instructions that were provided and there were no hassles.
[We have provided, at the end of this page, the entire potential risk profile of botulinum injectables. We have simply pasted the risks as mentioned on the official botox cosmetic website. Please go through it to know the possible side-effects for which you will be required to sign an informed consent.
There have however been no confirmed serious side-effects reported globally so far. The official website also mentions that fact.]
The results were just fabulous. I actually lost all my wrinkles 2 days after the treatment. They used to show up prominently when I smiled, but now they don’t. I photograph so well. I’m feeling like I’m 25 again.
I’m now thinking of going for the dermal filler that was suggested for my under-eye bags. But fillers are a little more expensive. I will do them soon too. That’s the only thing left on my face that still bothers me. But to be frank, if Botox lasts for 6 months and fillers last for 12, the value from both is more or less the same.
I don’t mind at all if I have to repeat this treatment every six months. I’ll stop when I’m comfortable with looking old.
You can use my before and after picture as long as my identity is satisfyingly covered up.
My crow’s feet Botox treatment ended up costing me exactly ₹7000 plus taxes. It was totally worth it and I still can’t believe that results like this are possible at this cost. I honestly don’t understand why people would still buy such expensive anti-wrinkle creams when you can get rid of wrinkles for sure with this treatment.
My wife has already lined up behind me for my next visit. Although if you ask me, she still looks very young. Dr. Pooja also told her that she can go ahead with some regular facials at the clinic and should start the wrinkle reduction only when the signs become a little more prominent and visible.
My mother is a different story though. She’ll be visiting soon for sure.
[Botox at SkinGenious costs ₹350 per unit and the costs may come down when a higher number of units are used]
Yes, I will. Some close friends have already commented that I look younger and asked me what I’ve done. I don’t tell everyone, but the people I know well, I tell. I’m sure some of them will be contacting SkinGenious soon to get the treatment also.
Dr. Pooja Chopra was the treating specialist for Rakesh. She is the medical director at the clinic partnered as SkinGenious Andheri. Hers was chosen as the partner clinic because she is one of the best dermatologists in Mumbai.
The clinic has all the required modern technology to help clients who require various skin, hair and cosmetology clinics. Dr. Pooja is also an experienced injector for aesthetic treatments and has been performing Botox and fillers for most of her career with zero adverse events.
The USP of SkinGenious is to partner with top dermatologists to provide the best treatments guided by the best experts. Our other partner dermatologists in the city are:
Do you want to learn more about Botox or try the treatment for yourself? Don’t hesitate to call us at 022-48966605 or use the link to send us a WhatsApp message. Your first call is also answered by a qualified doctor who will get you in touch with the specialist for any higher-level queries.
Some other Anti-aging treatment available in Mumbai with our specialists include:
Botox also has a very interesting application for women, where it is used to give a more feminine look. Here, the Botox is injected in the masseter muscles to give a more feminine look. It basically helps I slimming the jawline. Here is an example photograph of the results. You can call us to find out about this too.
From the Botox cosmetic website:
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION & APPROVED USES
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause serious side effects that can be life threatening. Get medical help right away if you have any of these problems any time (hours to weeks) after injection of BOTOX® Cosmetic :
BOTOX® Cosmetic dosing units are not the same as, or comparable to, any other botulinum toxin product .
There has not been a confirmed serious case of spread of toxin effect when BOTOX® Cosmetic has been used at the recommended dose to treat frown lines, crow’s feet lines, and/or forehead lines.
BOTOX® Cosmetic may cause loss of strength or general muscle weakness, vision problems, or dizziness within hours to weeks of taking BOTOX® Cosmetic. If this happens, do not drive a car, operate machinery, or do other dangerous activities.
Serious and/or immediate allergic reactions have been reported. They include: itching, rash, red itchy welts, wheezing, asthma symptoms, or dizziness or feeling faint. Get medical help right away if you are wheezing or have asthma symptoms, or if you become dizzy or faint.
Do not receive BOTOX® Cosmetic if you : are allergic to any of the ingredients in BOTOX® Cosmetic (see Medication Guide for ingredients); had an allergic reaction to any other botulinum toxin product such as Myobloc® (rimabotulinumtoxinB), Dysport® (abobotulinumtoxinA), or Xeomin® (incobotulinumtoxinA); have a skin infection at the planned injection site.
Tell your doctor about all your muscle or nerve conditions, such as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, myasthenia gravis, or Lambert-Eaton syndrome, as you may be at increased risk of serious side effects including difficulty swallowing and difficulty breathing from typical doses of BOTOX® Cosmetic.
Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions, including: plans to have surgery; had surgery on your face; have trouble raising your eyebrows; drooping eyelids; any other abnormal facial change; are pregnant or plan to become pregnant (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic can harm your unborn baby); are breast-feeding or plan to (it is not known if BOTOX® Cosmetic passes into breast milk).
Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Using BOTOX® Cosmetic with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you have told your doctor that you have received BOTOX® Cosmetic in the past.
Tell your doctor if you have received any other botulinum toxin product in the last 4 months; have received injections of botulinum toxin such as Myobloc®, Dysport®, or Xeomin® in the past (tell your doctor exactly which product you received); have recently received an antibiotic by injection; take muscle relaxants; take an allergy or cold medicine; take a sleep medicine; take aspirin-like products or blood thinners.
Other possible side effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic include : dry mouth; discomfort or pain at the injection site; tiredness; headache; neck pain; and eye problems: double vision, blurred vision, decreased eyesight, drooping eyelids and eyebrows, swelling of your eyelids and dry eyes.