What is Botox?
Botulinim Toxin, more commonly known as Botox, is a chemical that is produced by a bacteria called botulinium. When it is injected into the skin, the muscles become weak and inactive.
It has been used to treat patients with eye squints since 1978 because it weakened the eye muscles. It has also been used to treat cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, facial spasms and spasmodic neck conditions. Within the last 10-15 years, Botox has also become very popular as a form of cosmetic treatment.
How does Botox work?
We use our facial muscles every second of every day and over time, our skin creases in the areas that get used the most. Our skin also produces less collagen and elastin as we get older, which causes wrinkles to become permanent.
Injecting Botox into these areas stops the creases from occurring and encourages the wrinkle lines to fade away.
Botox is usually applied frequently over the first year or two to help the facial muscles to re-educate themselves and, in time, the treatment can be applied less frequently.
Each Botox procedure only takes around five to ten minutes and your practitioner will ask you to use your facial muscles so he can see which areas need improving. These will then be treated and afterwards you may notice a slight swelling and redness, but this will subside within a few hours.
A few days to two weeks after the treatment, you should start to notice the effects of the treatment and these should last for two to six months.
Botox does not hurt and the injection is no more painful than any other jab you may have – in fact, it is probably less painful. It is also a safe procedure and it provides natural-looking and beautiful results when handled by a good practitioner.
Prices for Botox at Broadgate General Practice start at just £215 and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have before you decide to go ahead with the treatment.