Firstly, it is important to know that botulinum toxin injections (commonly know as botox injections) are the most commonly performed non-surgical cosmetic treatments in the world. In the ‘cosmetic form’ it is commonly known by the trade names, such as Botox/Vistabel or Dysport/Azzalure, and is used for various cosmetic and medical procedures.
Secondly, no matter what scare stories you read or hear, Botox is a very ‘low risk’ treatment. It is estimated that approximately 3,000 units would kill a human. Within a cosmetic treatment of 3 areas of Botox, we would generally use less than 100 units, thus allowing a very wide safety margin.
The Benefits of Botox Injections Are:
The History of Botox Injections
Here’s Some of the Background on Botox
Botulinum toxin for cosmetic treatments is a relatively new thing. But we have known about it for some time now
In 1895: A Belgian bacteriologist isolated the botulinum bacteria that cause’s botulism.
In 1928: A Dr named Herman Sommer purified the toxin so that it could be used in medicine on humans.
In 1940: In the 40’s researchers in London discovered that by injecting botulinum toxin directly into the skin, it effectively stops interaction between the nerves and muscles.
In 1993: Doctors in England noticed that when the toxin was used to treat spasms in patients that they perspired less where they were treated with Botox. Hence the fantastic effects on underarms for sweating!
In 2002: The FDA approved Botox injections as a safe treatment for smoothing frown lines on the forehead under the name ‘Botox Cosmetic’.
In 2006: UK license was granted by the UK drug regulatory body for the use of Botox for cosmetic purposes
In 2013: We now know we can use botox to treat lines and wrinkles on the entire face
- Acet-yl-cho-line is a neuro-transmitter (works on nerve endings) and it is this chemical which sends a signal to the muscle making it bunch up or stay at ease.
As everyone is slightly different, this ensures you get the best result for you.
Several injections will then be given. It will simply feel like a small insect bite and often clients feel no discomfort at all.
Aging is associated with the development of lines and wrinkles caused by many factors such as sun damage, gravity or lifestyle. We also develop ‘sleep lines’ and lines from the action of muscles. This is called ‘hyperfunctional pull’ with facial lines caused by the ‘pull’ of certain facial muscles on the skin. Botox injections reduce facial lines caused by this hyperfunctional pull. They also are used to contour aspects of the face for example the brows or the chin.
Some of the lines that fit with this hyperfunctional pull are frown lines on the forehead (called glabella lines) or lines that run from the corner of the lips downwards towards the chin (called marionette lines). These frown lines can make us look permanently angry, anxious, tired, fearful or sad. And who wants to look angry or miserable all of the time?
Simple Do’s and Don’ts with Botox Treatments
For Best Results with Botox Treatments
It is so important to have realistic expectations. The benefits of botulinuum toxin injections usually last 3-4 months on someone who regularly has the treatment. Movement returns gradually within this time period. However the first time you have a treatment you may only get 2.5 months and then need the treatment redone.
For all treatment with Botulimum toxin it is important to have an initial consultation to assess the appropriateness for treatment for you. At MediSpa we have both a Plastic Surgeon and a Aesthetic Therapist working alongside our Cosmetic Dentist who can assess your situation and provide advice and treatment.
There are 3 main sites for treatment frown and as you can see with proper technique the results are amazing.
Is Botox Right For You?
In clinical trials 90% of clients reported there was an improvement in their facial lines. Botox is suitable for both men and women from their late 20’s to 80’s depending on your skin. It works best on recent, non-established lines whilst deeper lines may not completely disappear. A good test is to gently stretch your skin between you fingers. If the lines disappear you will get a better result than if they don’t completely go. Generally speaking Botox injections as well as dermal fillers work best on those who look after their health and their diet.
It’s worth remembering that Botox Injections are a preferred cosmetic treatment because it’s simple, affordable, and can dramatically improve your appearance instantly. The entire process can be done in our clinic during your lunch time, is non invasive and there is absolutely no recovery time necessary. You can just get straight back to your busy day.
There are a few people for whom Botulinum toxin injections are not an appropriate treatment. Those who are pregnant, suffer with bleeding disorders or have a diseases which affect muscle activity.
Before your treatment we will always provide you with a full consultation with Dr. Rob Jukes accompanied by our Aesthetic Practitioner, Louise Morris. To us, this is an important part of your treatment – as it’s when we get to listen to what you are looking for and we get to understand what is your overall goal in enhancing the appearance of your skin.
We are then able to recommend the best route for you by identifying the most appropriate course of treatment and product for you.
When Should I See the Results
You can achieve a younger, fresher appearance in just 1-2 weeks. Initially results may last 2.5 to 3 months and as you continue treatments, the results will last longer.
To maintain a healthy glow to your skin no matter your age, it’s vital to cleanse, protect and nourish your skin on a daily basis. Our Skin Care Consultant can advise you on your skin care regime and on which products are most suitable for your skin type.
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The MediSpa Membership Plan gives incredible value on all our beauty treatments and allows you to pay monthly! With our membership plan we provide a complimentary consultation ensuring that each treatment is, tailored to your needs, coordinated with other treatments, flexible in approach and all designed around you.
If you want to find out more about what the amazing benefits of Botox Treatments can do to improve your appearance and your confidence, then pick up the phone and contact our clinic today on 01722 413311 or email us, to schedule a complimentary consultation with our Skin Care Consultant. We would love to help you create the look you’ve always dreamed of, but never thought possible – until now!