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Botox is something that has been around for years now, there has been much debate about its uses and safety in the media, but it still remains a popular choice.
Botox has many uses, from cosmetic to medical, and is carried out by a trained doctor or technician at a licensed facility, such as My Ethos Spa.
What is Botox?
Botox is a neurotoxin from the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, which may sound familiar as it is the same bacteria that causes botulism in food.
Botox is, as it says, a toxin, which means it is toxic in large doses. The key here is large doses, the amounts that are used in cosmetic situations are very small. Botox is considered to be safe, with few side effects, and as long as you are visiting a licensed and regulated practitioner, your experience should be a good one.
How Does Botox Work?
As mentioned, Botox is a neurotoxin, this means that it blocks the signal from the nerves, to the muscle it’s injected into. This paralyzes and tightens the muscle, making wrinkles in your skin appear smoother.
It can be used to improve the appearance of the skin, or to help with certain medical conditions.
How Is Botox Administered?
Botox is given via injection, it usually uses a very small needle, so the discomfort shouldn’t be too bad. The injections are administered to the area that needs to be treated. A general anaesthetic is not needed, although sometimes the technician will apply some numbing cream to the skin to minimise any pain.
You should see the effects immediately, however the full effect won’t be seen until about seven days post treatment.
The treatment is not permanent, and generally lasts anywhere between three and six months, at which time you may notice the effects gradually wearing off.
As with any treatment, there can be side effects ranging from mild to severe. Always talk these through with the technician so you are aware of all the risks associated with Botox injections.
What is Botox Used For?
Botox is most commonly used for cosmetic usage to remove or soften wrinkles on the face. It is most commonly associated with frown lines on the forehead, and crow’s feet around the eyes.
Botox can also be used for lines around the mouth and chin. It is sometimes combined with other treatments to even out the skin tone or help fill where wrinkles are at their deepest.
Botox can also be used for medical reasons, of which there are many.
Hyperhidrosis is the technical name for a condition where the person sweats excessively, unrelated to the temperature, or any activities that are being carried out.
The sweating can be so severe that it quickly soaks through clothes, and is apparent on the skin, this can lead to severe mental health issues like depression and anxiety, as well as just being unpleasant for the sufferer.
In these cases, Botox can be injected to stop the nerve signals that tell the sweat glands to overproduce. The injections are most commonly given into the armpits. The effects generally last around 6 months, at which time a further course of injections is needed, but the more treatments a patient has, the longer the interval between treatments becomes.
Cervical Dystonia is a very painful condition which causes the neck muscles to contract randomly, and without your control. These contractions pull and twist your head to different sides and are extremely uncomfortable.
Botox can be used in these cases by being injected straight into the affected muscles. It will paralyse the problem causing muscles, blocking the nerve signals and allowing the patient relief from the constant discomfort. Repeated treatments will be needed every few months.
Other Conditions Botox Can Help With
Botox can also be used to help with chronic migraines, lazy eye, twitching eyes, muscle contractions, and bladder dysfunction.
If you are thinking about Botox treatment for any reason, be it cosmetic or medical, talk to your doctor first to make sure it is suitable. There are some patients who shouldn’t have Botox, for example, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or anyone who is allergic to proteins in cow’s milk should avoid Botox. There are also some neurological diseases that would prohibit you from receiving Botox treatment, so always check with your doctor first.
Once you have decided on your treatment, find a good, reputable technician who is licensed and regulated by the relevant authority.