Following Botox’s formal FDA approval, medical recognition, and diverse uses, it has fast become one of the most popular aesthetic treatments. With only trained professionals able to administer it, it has quickly become known as the reputable way to soften the signs of ageing in fine lines and wrinkles. However, you wouldn’t be alone if you were unsure of how it works and what it even is. Let’s discover Botox in Leamington Spa and explore what it treats.
What is Botox?
Botox, medically known as botulinum toxin, is a medical toxin that has been approved for certain cosmetic uses since 1989. It involves direct injection into the targeted muscles to lessen their ability to contract as aggressively. Botox is used for temporarily softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the face, as well as expanding into some medical uses.
What is Botox used for?
Common and very popular areas of Botox treatments include the forehead, the frown lines, and the crow’s feet. These are all areas that have animated and expressive muscles beneath the skin. As we age, our skin thins and degrades in quality, so that these over-active muscles contracting and forming expressions crinkle it to produce wrinkles. Some patients feel these lines prematurely age them, with some in their 20s seeking cosmetic aesthetic treatments. These overactive muscles are treated by Botox because they help to soften their contraction, limiting their movement slightly so they can’t crease the skin as prolifically as before. We even discovered the medical uses of Botox in one of our previous blog posts.
What are the side effects of Botox?
Botox does come with a few side effects, but these are perfectly normal and usually very mild. For example, there is a small chance of bruising at the point of injection purely because we have broken the skin a little. A good way to combat this is to not drink alcohol for up to 48 hours before your treatment. You may also experience some mild flu-like symptoms and temporary headaches, but these should pass within a few days. If anything does concern you though, you should reach out to your practitioner who can answer your questions and set your mind at ease.
When will I see my results?
Results typically tend to vary between patient to patient. Broadly speaking, you could see your results after a few days or up to 14 days post-injection. This is when you’ll see your optimum results. As a guide, your results could last between 3-6 months, depending on how your body reacts to the toxin. Having regular injections as soon as the muscles begin to regain activity causes them to gradually contract less and less, lengthening the necessary time between injections.
Who can perform Botox injections?
Botox treatment is only able to be performed by specially trained healthcare professionals. Because it is uses a prescription-only medical injection, high-street beauticians and ‘Botox parties’ should be avoided at all costs! Instead, trust trained professionals such as our own Caroline Milner, who has over 10 years of experience in facial aesthetics and was trained on the prestigious Harley Street in London. When it comes to your health, not just your appearance, always seek those who will deliver on both.
Line softening and wrinkle reduction treatments are incredibly popular because they produce results personalised to your facial structure. Enquire online or speak to a friendly member of our team on 01926 339993 to learn more about Botox in Leamington Spa with Clarendon House Dental Centre today.