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Biggest Facts and Myths you should know about Botox

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world, but it’s also one of the most misunderstood.

In this blog post, we will take a look at what Botox is and what it isn’t to help you separate myths from facts and give you a better understanding of Botox therapy.

What is Botox?

Botox is in fact a brand name for the drug, botulinum toxin – other brands which are licensed for use include Azzalure and Boccature.

When you hear the word “botox,” what comes to mind varies from person to person. Some may conjure up images of facial injections with strange results, whilst others think about Botulinum toxin as the most toxic substance on earth – a toxin that (in sufficient quantities) can cause an illness and even death.

Botulinum toxin comes from a toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. There are 39 strains of the neurotoxin, which include the clinically used types A and B. Botox type A is widely used, particularly in medical aesthetics, to relax over active facial muscles and other therapeutic purposes. In fact, in a study published in the International Journal of Dermatology, researchers concluded that botox treatments form an essential part of facial rejuvenation.

How does it work?

In very simple terms ………Botox works by blocking the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which is responsible for muscle contraction. This injection procedure, blocks messages to the muscle receptors , weakening the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. Therefore, any existing lines will not deepen, and new wrinkles are less likely to appear.

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Where is it commonly used?

The most popular areas are
Frown lines (number ‘11s’)
Forehead lines
Crows feet
Armpits for Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)

What it isn’t

Now that we have gone through some facts about botox, here’s some information about what it isn’t.

It is not a beauty treatment

Botox is a prescribed drug and you need to see a prescribing healthcare professional before each treatment! It cannot be bought on line without a prescription!

It is not solely for wrinkles.

When botox is injected in a particular area, muscle activity is weakened, steadying stray gaze, and eliminating eyelid spasms or retractions.This mechanism of action by botox can also inhibit the nerves that stimulate excessive armpit sweat production (Hyperhydrosis).

According to an article by Harvard Health, if used appropriately, it can be an effective treatment for incontinence, migraine headaches, and more.

Botox is not for everyone.

Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure globally and are one of many non-surgical procedures on the market, yet how it works is different for each individual. Its effects are determined by several factors, such as age and the health conditions of the individual. Other factors also include botox injection location, injector technique and the concentration of the botulinum toxin. A full medical assessment is essential.

What are the side effects of botox injections?

The most common, mild side effects of botox can include redness, bruising, tenderness and swelling at botox injection sites. It usually disappears within a few hours, bruising up to a few days. Headache is also a common side effect, reported more so with first Botox treatments.

Other rare botox side effects may include heavy brows, drooping eyelids, double vision, eye dryness, muscle weakness or numbness that are usually temporary, lasting for several days to several months.

These are the cases that are most commonly spoken about on social media and scare people! The art of a good treatment is one that you can’t spot!

What to expect before, during, and after the procedure

Before undergoing your botox treatment , you will be asked about any history of botox injections, surgeries, medical conditions, allergies, or if you are taking certain medications. During this time, you should ask all the questions you have or any concerns regarding the procedure.

Most people who have undergone botox therapy didn’t feel much discomfort during the procedure.

The procedure will take place in clinic, and is usually around 10-15 minutes. Depending on several factors and the extent of the area, the number of botox injections needed varies.

After the procedure, you will be given aftercare information. Results start to be seen after three to five days post-treatment, with the full effect being seen at around 2 weeks. After your first treatment, you will be invited back to clinic for a review of your results (between 2 and 4 weeks max.) to ensure the dosages given are enough to achieve the result we’re aiming for.

BotoxThe results last around 3-4 months but gradual movement may return from around 8 weeks. Improved results come with a series of treatments as the relaxation of the muscles over a period of time allows the skin to rest and repair.

Are you considering Botox treatment? Get in touch!

We hope you enjoyed reading some of the most common facts about botox that you might or might not have heard before.

If you’re considering getting botox injections or have questions such as if you are fit to undergo treatment, please book a consultation before making any decisions!

 

 

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