Botox is the brand name of botulinum toxin, and it’s produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. C botulinum is found in plants, soil, water and animal intestines. This chemical blocks the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, causing muscle paralysis that lasts for 3-4 months.
What happens to our bodies for us to need Botox?
In our 20s our bodies stop producing a protein in our skin named collagen that’s essential to skin laxity, firmness, and plumpness. In our 30s our collagen levels begin a slow and unrelenting decline, sapping volume and bounce from our skin. This causes it to become thin and lose its structure so that wrinkles develop in particularly expressive areas.
What are anti-wrinkle injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections are a line softening treatment that uses a medically regulated toxin to target expressive areas. Over 6 million treatments are administered every year. As anti-wrinkle injections in medical use continue to grow, so do it’s aesthetic uses as well, the potential is limitless.
How do anti-wrinkle injections work?
Fine lines and wrinkles appear in expressive areas of the face during periods of expression and movement. As the skin has thinned with age, certain expressions and muscles contract to crease the surface, prematurely ageing us. Injecting this toxin into the over-expressive muscles relaxes them and prevents them from moving as aggressively beneath the surface of the skin. In turn, the skin is creased less, and these fine lines are smoothed.
Which areas of the face do anti-wrinkle injections treat?
Typically, over-expressive muscles that cause wrinkles are found in the upper-face. Anti-wrinkle injections, therefore, are used to treat primarily the eyes and forehead. Frown lines, forehead lines, and crow’s feet are common areas of concern for clients that are seeking facial rejuvenation, and anti-wrinkle injections are exceptionally effective here. Even a diminished brow arc or drooping eyebrow can be uplifted with a targeted injection.
Can they treat excessive sweating?
Hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, is a prime example of how anti-wrinkle injections have breached the gap between aesthetics and medical sciences. While they treat the signs of ageing in the face, they also help lessen localised excessive sweating in targeted areas. For example, the under-arms and hair line can sweat profusely and often make those affected feel uncomfortable and self-conscious. Multiple targeted injections of the toxin stop the overactive sweat glands and muscles from producing too much sweat, achieving a greater quality of life and comfort for those seeking relief.
What about treating teeth clenching and bruxism?
Teeth clenching, or bruxism, occurs sometimes subconsciously in periods of stress, sleep, or just force of habit. The muscles in the jaw work over-time, pushing your teeth together and often causing knock-on effects such as jaw pain, headaches, and shoulder pain. Not only clenching, but sometimes these muscles spasm and could lock, threatening your jaw health. Precise injections of the medical toxin stop these muscles from contracting as aggressively and are best effective when used in conjunction with a dental splint and other treatments.
Are there side effects to anti-wrinkle injections?
There are some side effects that are entirely common and natural. For example, temporary bruising at the injection sites where the needle was inserted is entirely normal and should subside within 2 days or so. Some clients do experience headaches and flu-like symptoms post-treatment, too. These side effects tend to only last between 1-2 days and are a little rarer than bruising, though they are still widely recognised and natural.
How often will I need Botox for best results?
Botox or anti-wrinkle injections should be reviewed every 3-4 months. Don’t be tempted to rush back and receive more treatment before then. A medically trained practitioner will have the best chance of being able to identify what they need to treat once the effects of the previous treatment have worn off.
Remember over 90% of complications with injectables last year were caused by beauticians and other non medically trained professionals. For your peace of mind our trusted team of medically trained healthcare professionals consider your safety and comfort paramount. From the moment you enquire all the way through to our aftercare process and until your next booking with us.
One of the major benefits of using trusted medically trained professionals is they are able to diagnose and prescribe any treatments you may need if necessary.