Botulinum Toxin, often referred to as Botox, is a mixture of proteins produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is given as an injection with very fine needles.
How is it used?
It is used for both medical and cosmetic applications:
- To reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- To improve facial symmetry
- To reduce muscle spasms
- To reduce excessive sweating
- To treat chronic headaches / migraines
The Science behind Botulinum Toxin
Botulinum toxin acts on the junction between nerves and muscle, blocking the transmission of nerve signals and paralysing the muscles supplied by those nerves. This reduces movements caused by the muscles and therefore fine wrinkles caused by the movements are reduced. The effect on muscles and fine lines / wrinkles starts 2-4 days after injections and reaches a maximum effect at 7-10 days. The effect usually lasts for 3 – 4 months.
Botulinum toxin also acts on the small nerves stimulating the sweat glands, so blocking these nerves reduces sweating. The effect on the sweat glands starts 2-4 days after injection, reaching full effect at 7-10 days and usually last for 5-6 months.
Why choose Botox in Stanmore with Centre Of Dental Excellence?
Your skin and health is our priority. Our years of medical experience mean we are experienced in safely injecting Botulinum toxin and know exactly how to minimise any complications. We use only products of the highest quality and will guide you safely through every step of the procedure. Our extensive experience in antiageing medicine means we achieve natural, subtle improvements.
Things to consider…
Botulinum toxin injections can be slightly painful and lead to mild bruising. We will advise you on how to minimize the risks, but it is worth bearing this in mind when planning the right time to have your treatment.
Other very rare complications are :
- Drooping of the eyelids
- Mild headache or sensation of heavy headedness
- Allergic reaction
Side effects cannot always be prevented but we are fully trained to recognise and treat any issues early and safely.