Earlier this month, Botox celebrated its 15th year as an FDA-approved wrinkle-relaxing treatment. Botox is our most popular treatment at the clinic but it doesn’t always get a fair portrayal in the media with numerous articles commenting celebrities with ‘frozen faces’ or ‘botched Botox’.

Challenging some popular misconceptions, in this blog we look at 6 things you may not know about Botox.

  1. Botox treatments are a lot more common than you think! A piece in the Mail Online suggests that there are around 2 million treatments a year in the UK alone. However, you may not have known that as not everyone is open about treatment and the results should be natural-looking.
  2. Botox does not make you look frozen, but the wrong practitioner might. Quite a few patients reveal that they want to look younger but they are worried about losing their expression. At the end of the day, Botox is a muscle-relaxant and this can happen. That is why it is paramount that you do your research before choosing a practitioner. Look for someone who is medically trained and have consultations at different clinics, you need to choose someone you can trust and who understands your goals. Remember, when you have a Botox treatment you not only paying for the product but you are paying for the practitioner’s time and experience. If the price seems too good to be true: walk away. Dr Natalie Blakely has some good tips for choosing a practitioner below
  3. It has a preventative effect. Yes, that’s right. As well as reducing wrinkles, Botox actually trains your muscles to behave differently which in turn can prevent future wrinkles.
  4. It’s fab for excessive sweating. We all sweat, sweating is natural but hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating is an unfortunate condition where a patient sweats abnormal amounts. In particular it can affect the face, hairline and underarms. Hyperhidrosis can have a massive impact on someone’s confidence and can be really impractical. Fortunately, we can treat excessive sweating by injecting small amounts of Botox into the affected area. The Botox inhibits the signals to the sweat glands which in turn reduces sweat production.
  5. Actually, Botox has a number of medical uses. From preventing teeth grinding (Bruxism) to treating muscle spasms in children, Botox is not just for rejuvenation.
  6. It doesn’t last forever. Sadly, Botox doesn’t last forever. It does vary, but Botox is metabolised by the body over 3 – 6 months.

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