It seems that the sale of botox injections, a non surgical
procedure available in clinics all over the UK, has maintained its
place in the market as the most popular and favourite non-surgical
procedure, according to research by market analysts, Mintel. Their
research shows that the cosmetic procedure has grown by 17% in the
last two years, despite the recession in Britain it would seem. But
being a market worth £2.3billion in the UK, do people know what
botox injections are and the benefits they can bring.
What are anti-wrinkle or Botox® injections?
Anti-wrinkle injections were previously known as Botox and was used
as an abbreviation of 'Botulinum toxin A'. However
Botox® is actually a brand of
botulinum toxin A, manufactured by Allergan and is a prescription
only medicine. There are many other brands including
Vistabel, Azzalure, Dysport and Bocouture. In scientific
terms it is a purified protein created in laboratories of various
pharmaceutical companies. It works by stopping nerve signals
reaching the muscles, therefore the muscle cannot move. This is why
when botulinum toxin A is injected into the face, creasing of the
skin is reduced or stopped. This is why botulinum toxin A works
best on 'dynamic' lines (that is, those creases in the skin that
move) rather than 'static' lines (those creases in the skin that
remain unaffected by facial movements or expressions).
Are Botox® injections safe?
The 'Botulinum toxin A' is a poison and there was a study some
years ago that raised initial fears for the safety of it. This
study, however, has now been largely discredited. In 1989
Botox® was granted approval by the
U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat certain types of
eye muscle problems (strabismus) and abnormal spasms of the eyelid
(blepharospasm). It has since gained approval to treat
moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar
lines) and to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating
(hyperhidrosis). Botox is no doubt one of the most researched
prescription only medicine in modern history, with a reported 1,800
published studies into its use, safety etc.
Are there any side effects?
There can be a small bump at the injection site which lasts
minutes, although bruising may also occur. You can reduce bruising
by not taking any aspirin or ibuprofen type medication prior to
botox injections. There can be other rarer side effects such as
drooping of the brow or eyelid (ptosis) or mild double vision
although this can be due to 'technical errors' or not adhering to
the after care given. These side effects are temporary and only
last one or two weeks.
Will I have a blank, expressionless face after treatment?
No, only if the Botox is used inappropriately. It is
important to discuss your expectations with your practitioner.
Many people still like to have a degree of movement to ensure
a natural look and this is achievable. The majority of
patients look 'fresher and more awake' following treatment.
Where can I get treatment in Glasgow?
in Glasgow offer a great lines and wrinkles treatment package that
uses Botox® and Azzalure® to reduce the appearance of frown
lines. We are an established non-surgical aesthetic company based
in Glasgow, offering a huge array of treatments that include
anti-wrinkle injections. We have a purpose built clinic, allowing
for treatments to be carried out in private, clean facilities.
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