What is Botox & How Does It Work?
Botox is an abbreviated term that actually refers to Botulinum Toxin, a neurotoxin that is produced by the bacteria known as Clostridium Botulin; an organism found in the natural environment. Rising in popularity over the past 10 years, Botox has seen a 41% rise in young women alone in the UK since 2011, but men too are embracing the non-invasive treatment.
So, how does Botox work? The 20-minute procedure essentially aims to relax and paralyse muscle tissue in order to prevent the undesired effect many currently experience; this may be in the form of cosmetic concerns or to alleviate the effects of certain medical conditions. The Botox solution is injected in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching the muscles – resulting in the paralysis. This is achieved by the Botulinum Toxin preventing the release of a chemical messenger: acetylcholine. This chemical is exchanged between the nerves and muscles and blocks the muscles from contracting.
What is Botox Used for?
First used in 1977 to treat strabismus, a problem with eye muscles, Botulinum Toxin gained approval for its use in cosmetic applications in 2002 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Though this substance can be identified as two different types – type A and type B – it is type A that is used throughout these injections and consists of Botox or Dysport.
The procedure is commonly associated with its use in cosmetics to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that can occur as a result of many different factors, with the main one being ageing.
However, this prescription only medicine has a number of beneficial applications to relieve the symptoms and effects of specific medical conditions. Currently, over 20 medical conditions have been identified as responsive to this treatment, such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), chronic migraines and bowel/bladder disorders, with many more still under rigorous research efforts. As such, there are numerous areas of the body that can be treated with Botox, such as the upper face, neck cords, mouth & chin, jaw muscles for the likes of bruxism and, of course, under the arms for hyperhidrosis.
What Does the Botox Treatment Involve?
The treatment entails much more than the physical procedure; preparation and after care are also crucial factors to achieving the results you desire. It is recommended that you research practices and doctors that offer Botox, so that you are fully confident and trusting in their ability to correctly administer the drug. Their qualifications, testimonials and experience can give you a good insight, and a full consultation should ensure their professionalism and dedication.
It is important to go through the consultation process as everybody is different and this will form the basis of the correct treatment path for you, including dosage requirements and returning visits. Of course, there are ways to prepare yourself beforehand. This includes hydration, as well as avoiding medication like aspirin and ibuprofen. Resuming normal facial care routines post-procedure is encouraged to maintain the condition of your skin, Injected muscles are exercised for up to 4 hours after treatment so that the Botox is absorbed by the muscle tissue and is less likely to spread and cause side-effects. However, it is recommended that as part of good Botox aftercare practice, you wait at least 7 days before having facials, microdermabrasion, peels and sunbeds.
As clarified earlier, this is a non-invasive technique and is a great alternative to surgical options. The minimal side effects and downtime means you can continue your daily routine as normal.
Results of Botox
Botox injections are increasingly popular because of their ability to achieve the desired results in a short space of time, usually 2 weeks. Cosmetically, it can reduce the visibility of lines and wrinkles. However, it must be understood that this is not a permanent solution Botulin Toxin only has a temporary capacity to block the signals from the nerves to the muscles, and repeat treatments must be undertaken to maintain great results.
Generally, the treatment will last for 12 weeks and the doctor may want to begin with smaller doses before building it up accordingly, particularly if you are new to the treatment.
Whilst your preferences and routine of how often you undergo the Botox treatment to maintain or relax the muscle paralysis is taken into consideration, you should remain aware that this is subject to the recommendation of the experienced doctor. Their experience and knowledge does mean they know best and their timescale recommendations is important to avoid excess injections causing a surplus and potentially dangerous build-up of the substance.
Benefits & Limitations of Botox
With every procedure and treatment undertaken, there are potential side effects and some limitations that can vary from person to person. Whilst Health & Aesthetics takes every step to assess, consult and prepare each patient on individual requirements, there are some general ‘rules’ that may prevent you from receiving Botox.
Botox should not be administered to those who are pregnant or lactating, or to those that have had a previous negative reaction to the drug and any of its ingredients. Generally, the injections are well received and accepted by the body, as the consultation will have determined the right course of action. However, individuals may find themselves with a genetic predisposition that can have a mild response from the drug. Some potential side effects include:
- Local oedema (fluid build-up)
- Erythema (reddening of the skin) at the site of the injection
- Mild nausea
- Flu-like symptoms
- Neck weakness
Of course, aside from the possibility of temporary side effects, there are major benefits to many – both physically and mentally. Not only does the cosmetic side produce a prolonged, more youthful look that prevents the signs of ageing, Botox treatment can improve your mental health as a result.
When you’re so used to avoiding public situations or busy days for fear of your medical condition, Botox can help you regain your confidence. You can work or socialise, without sweating excessively or having to cancel and take time out due to chronic migraines.
Book Your Botox Treatment with Health & Aesthetics Today
These are just a few examples of how Botox can have a positive impact on your mental and physical health. We recognise that all patients have their own individual needs. Our professional, knowledgeable and friendly team are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about this quick and painless Botox treatment with us in Surrey. Simply get in touch with us today by calling 01252 933 133 or book your Botox online now.