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In 2016 it is estimated that over a 1.6 million people in the UK received Botox® injections, ranking it among the top five non-surgical cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.
Botox® is the brand name of botulinum toxin type A and has been in use since about 1990, around 20 million people have been treated worldwide. It is injected into muscle to reduce unwanted muscular contraction. The medication partially weakens the nerve to the muscle for four to six months. Botox® has thus proven very useful in people who suffer from abnormal contractions of muscle. The cosmetic use (anti-wrinkle) of the injections came about when it was noted that lines and facial wrinkles were dramatically reduced.
This has increased dramatically in recent times and is now by far the most common use, Botox® is safe and highly effective at diminishing forehead lines (horizontal lines across forehead), frown lines (vertical lines between the eyes), crows feet (laughter lines at edge of the eyes), neck lines and vertical ‘lipstick’ lines. It eliminates surface wrinkles, resulting in a refreshed, smoother, line-free appearance.
If you are uncertain about any aspects of Botox® we will be pleased to arrange a free consultation to discuss your questions.
What is Botox and how does it work?
Botulinum toxin, is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat medical conditions such as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). Botox is the original and best-known brand name and the most tested product on the market. It is the result of many decades of studies and has been used extensively in medicine. It is the safest product, and it is certified in the medical and cosmetic field.
What does the treatment involve?
While there is no real downtime associated with this treatment, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle. This can easily be masked by makeup. There are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections, meaning clients can resume their usual activities straight away, and can also fly post-treatment.
Who would this treatment suit?
This treatment can be used on a wide range of clients, and is primarily used for skin rejuvenation and the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) for a short period of time. It can also be injected into the area around the side of the eyes to improve the look of moderate to severe crow’s feet lines.
Who should avoid this treatment?
Those who have medical conditions, such as damaged nerves or muscle complaints, should disclose this information during consultation, to avoid any complications. Treatment is not advisable for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. While there are no clinical studies to show that the injection is harmful to the baby or mother, medical professionals advise against having treatment under these circumstances.
What results does the treatment aim to provide?
The treatment is used to soften the lines caused by facial expression and can be adjusted to ensure natural results. The duration of results is variable in between individuals but ranges from 3 to 6 months.
Typically, clients will come into the clinic and point to a specific line that they don’t like. Good practitioners shouldn’t just look at treating this specific line, but will look beyond the line at how the face looks as a whole (as treating an individual line might make the face look unnatural).
Sometimes clients come in and say their colleagues and friends keep telling them that they look tired or grumpy when this isn’t the case. In these cases, it’s usually not a single line that is creating this impression, but multiple factors, and the practitioner should talk through treatment options with the patient.
What are the key questions to ask our practitioner before considering a treatment?
What qualifications do you have?
Which brands of products do you use and why?
Has the product been extensively tested and researched?
How satisfied are your patients with the results? Do you have any examples of before and after pictures you could show me?
What are the potential side effects?
What after-care will I be given?
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