Botox is actually a shorter form of ‘Botulinum Toxin’. It is one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment globally. The graph of its popularity has moved quickly in the upwards direction during the past few years. The main fact is the tremendous media coverage it has received as famous celebrities, actors and actresses have started confession publically that they take the treatment to regain their youthful and fresh looks.
There are many other hidden facts about Botox which you may not be aware of. These facts will be explored in this piece to help you better understand the product and its uses because the uses of Botox are not just limited for aesthetic enhancements. It is a wonderful drug that is doing wonders in alleviating several medical conditions in addition to treating lines and wrinkles.
Let us start with what actually Botox is.
What is Botox?
It is a neurotoxin which is classified as Botulinum Toxin Type A. This substance has been in used for treating medical conditions for the past many centuries. The approval of Botox for the treatment of lines and wrinkles came in 2002. Since then, it has been successfully used for treating forehead lines and the brow lines (which appear between the brows also called elevens) and small lines that appear at the corners of the eyes.
In 2004, the Botox treatment got approval for treating excessive sweating called hyperhidrosis and in 2010, it got approved for a chronic migraine/ headache treatment.
Botox is a natural and purified form of protein which is strictly recommended for use under controlled conditions in medical settings. It should only be administered by a qualified and trained medical practitioner.
Botox treatment for ageing signs
Botox can effectively treat the following signs of ageing:
- Lines surrounding eyes corners (crow’s feet)
- Forehead lines and creases
- Frown lines
- Wrinkles under the eyes
- Neck knots and creases or turkey neck
A general misconception about Botox is that it completely paralyzes the facial muscles giving an expressionless face. Although, it is true that it stops the activity of facial muscles but in case of an overdose of Botox injections. An expert practitioner attempts to inject an only a limited amount of Botox which leaves some activity in the muscles giving a natural yet youthful appearance. When it is done correctly, most of the people may not even notice that the Botox London treatment has been performed. They will simply see that the patient appears happier, fresh or more relaxed.
One of the many unknown things about Botox is the fact that it treats your muscles and not your skin. The pulling and usage of facial features into a particular expression for a long period of time develop it into wrinkles. The active ingredients of Botox i.e., botulinum toxin type A is a muscle relaxant that ensures that the pulling and contracting of muscles does not cause any wrinkles and eases out the ones already formed. There are a misconception and a widely fearful one that the Botox will leave you with a stiff, expressionless face which is entirely wrong. Proper administration by a professional will give you purely natural results that won’t include you any kind of face freeze.
How it is performed?
The procedure of Botox is free of discomfort; hence no anaesthesia is required. Botox injection is prepared by reconstituting the crystalline substance with saline or other liquid. The amount varies from patient to patient. Botox is injected into a specific muscle spot in accordance with the vice you have chosen to treat. The area is cleaned with a nonalcoholic cleanser. The injection pattern usually includes four to five areas on each side of the face. This may change depending on the type of wrinkles being treated. Direct pressure is to be applied in case of bleeding.
After the injection, the patient may lie on the table for about five minutes to ease the dizziness but after that lying down is to be avoided for a few hours. It takes a minimum of 3 and maximum of 10 days for the treatment to start working. Hence, the results will start to be visible in a week. The only precaution required during the down time s cutting back on alcohol consumption and anti-inflammatory medicines. The procedure does not take more than 30 minutes and nor does it cause any lingering swelling which makes it very flexible for fitting into daily schedules. No bed rest is necessary after the Botox London treatment is carried out.
Temporary side effects
About the side effects of Botox, due to its non-invasive nature, there are no threatening or long-lasting side effects. Temporary inflammation and bruising are the most commonly reported side effects. Headaches are also common but they usually resolve within 24 hours. This can be avoided if you let your practitioner know about any medical conditions or allergies that you may have.
Botox is not suitable for people suffering from neurological diseases and currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Anyone who comes under the umbrella of any of the above-mentioned conditions should not opt for the treatment as it could have severe adverse effects on the patient.
Botox for treating the excessive sweating issue
Do you suffer from excessive sweating making it embarrassing for you to move in a social circle? Let botox help you with. The Botox treatment for excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis has proved to be highly beneficial in controlling excessive sweating. The injections are given in the affected areas, face or armpits, which shrink the pores which cause perspiration. This leads to reduced sweating and you can enjoy your social life to the fullest.
Botox treatment for migraines or headaches
If you experience severe chronic headaches or migraines then botox can provide you with an effective solution. The injection of botox injected at specific areas on the neck, head and shoulders which leads to significant reduction in migraines or headaches. Although treatment gives temporary relief for a few months, it is better than the medications. The repeated treatment can be performed after the effects wear off.
Botox is the most researched treatment
The most important aspect of this treatment is that despite being endorsed by people from all walks of life across the globe, plastic surgeons are still researching and carrying out trials to make it better. Also, for clarification to the clients, all the findings are published publicly in scientific journals.
The study of using Botox for treating depression and muscle pain is being carried out so that the treatment can be used for extensive uses other than beauty. Owing to the fact that stressful emotions are often given away by the facial expressions and facial muscles are used for this. Botox can be used to relax the face and the tensed muscles artificially.
Owning to its amazing benefits, Botox continues to be the most popular and the safest aesthetic treatment in the UK.