Dr Lina Kotecha gives the lowdown on treatment with Botox.
In the constant dialogue in our heads to stay looking younger, fresher and well more gorgeous, women, men and even perhaps your grandma are starting to ask the question – Should I have Botox?
Botox is a trade name for the substance called ‘Botulinum Toxin’.
Botulinum Toxin has been used cosmetically in the UK for over 40 years gaining its license for medical use and now more than a million treatments have been carried out, it is also FDA Approved in the US. Botulinum toxin can only be used by suitably qualified professionals as it is a licensed medicine and available on prescription only.
Botulinum toxin works to temporarily reduce the action of the muscles it’s injected into by blocking the signal between nerves and muscles so they don’t communicate. As a result, the skin overlying the muscle moves less in the treated area, it then looks smoother and your lines and wrinkles are reduced. The treatment is often used for frown lines, fine lines and crow feet.
How long does treatment with Botox last?
Botox injections (botox) generally last for around 3-4 months, but many people find with repeated long-term use, they unlearn the movements that created the wrinkles in the first place – they trained their face to be more anti-wrinkle! They then can generally have botox treatment carried out even less – even just biannually.
Is Botox safe?
The biggest safety issues surrounding the use of botox over the years has mainly been due to the person giving the treatment. These anti-wrinkle injections require in-depth knowledge of the facial muscles and lots of training!
Avoid so-called ‘botox’ parties or dirt cheap ‘botox offers’ and go to a qualified facial practitioner.
You might be surprised to know that dentists are great for these types of treatments! They have had years learning the complexities of facial muscle structure, nerves and of course injection techniques. They also have detailed knowledge of cosmetic procedures in general, a side effect of this is they have a more holistic approach to facial beauty.
When people come to our Leicester clinic after having had treatment elsewhere they are often surprised at how in-depth the consultation procedure is. Before photos, facial mapping, noting your specific concerns, medical history, habits and more.
If you’re Asking the question, “Should I have Botox?” then ensure you have a consultation first, check that you feel confident in the practitioner, the medicine and then decide on treatment.
Let us know how you get on…
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