Botox is a brand name that is now more widely used to describe the medical, cosmetic and research drug botulinum toxin (BTX). Sometimes simply referred to as ‘wrinkle relaxing injections’, Botox is the most popular anti-ageing treatment in the world due to its effectiveness at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
In addition, it can also be used to treat teeth grinding (bruxism) and reduce excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis) as well as a range of other medical and cosmetic conditions.
How Does Botox Work?
By injecting the treatment directly into problem areas of the skin, nerves are unable to release the chemical acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter needed to contract muscles. By preventing this chemical reaching muscles, Botox is able to reduce muscle contraction and effectively paralyzes them. This causes the muscles to relax, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
The treatment takes between 27-72 hours to take effect on most patients, but can take up to four or five days on others. The effects of Botox can last up to six months.
Botox has been proven to be safe with over 2,500 clinical studies being published on its use. However, Botox should not be used on pregnant or lactating women.
It is also recommended that all alcohol consumption is stopped one week prior and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped two weeks prior to the treatment to help reduce bruising.
Dermal Filler Injections can also be used in conjunction with Botox to perform an 8 Point Facelift that lifts and re-contours the face, reducing the appearance of jowls, wrinkles and hallow cheeks.