What is Botox®?
The word Botox is often used to describe an anti-wrinkle
treatment but Botox® is actually a drug made from botulinum
toxin A which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
In large doses the neurotoxin protein causes botulism, a rare
paralytic illness often linked to food poisoning. However the
protein has been used very successfully for over 10 years in
cosmetic medicine to temporarily treat moderate to severe glabellar
lines (frown lines).
Different Brand Names
Botulinum toxin A is sold commercially under different brand
names including Botox, Vistabel, Azzalure, Dysport, Boucouture and
Can Botulinum Toxin A be used for other Indications?
Yes it can and has been used for over 20 years to treat other
medical conditions. It is also used to treat the following
Hyperhidrosis - excessive underarm sweating ; Blepharospasm -
uncontrolled blinking ; Strabismus - misaligned eyes ; Cervical
dystonia - a neurological condition which causes severe neck and
shoulder muscle contractions ; an overactive bladder; migraine
headaches and even some cases of people suffering from
How does it Work?
The protein is administered into the muscles by a series of
small injections and works by blocking the nerve impulses to the
muscles so they can no longer contract therefore relaxing and
softening any lines and wrinkles. It can take up to 14 days
to see the full result but most patients start to see an
improvement after 4 days and results can last 4-6 months, after
which another treatment would be required.
What are the Side Effects?
As with any medication, side effects can happen and include pain
at the injection site, bruising, flu-like symptoms, headache,
drooping of the upper eyelid and upset stomach.
You should not have treatment if you are pregnant or
At Allure Aesthetics Glasgow, we offer both Botox and
Azzalure to treat facial lines and wrinkles and after performing a
full medical consultation to assess your suitability for treatment,
we will assess your face and recommend what treatment would provide
the most aesthetically pleasing and natural look to enhance your
We are an established non-surgical aesthetic company based
in Glasgow, offering a huge array of treatments that include