Botox® - your questions, answered
Many Glasgow customers seek the benefits of Botox® but find it
difficult to ask the questions they need to. With so much
information available in the media and across the Internet, it is
important that as a potential customer of Botox® that you get
the information you need to make the right choice for you.
What is Botox®?
It is a brand name for a toxin, called clostridium botulinum.
Most people see the word toxin and instantly panic. But the human
body and the natural world is a wonderful thing! Whilst large doses
of this toxin can cause food poisoning in the human body,
scientists over the years have been able to harness the power of
this bacterium to treat certain medical conditions. Blepharospasm
or uncontrolled blinking, for example, is a condition that has
cause misery to the hundreds and thousands of sufferers across the
globe. Small, controlled doses of Botox® induce temporary paralysis
within a small area of the face, with the symptoms of uncontrolled
blinking slowed or stopped.
From this early work, Botox® has since been approved for use in
treating wrinkles and frown lines and in 2012, National Institute
for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) also suggested that
Botox® could be used by the NHS for the treatment of migraines.
How does Botox® work?
As previously mentioned, Botox® causes temporary paralysis
within the area that it is injected. It does this by effectively
blocking signals between the nerves and muscles; as a result, the
muscles can no longer contract and the wrinkles or frown lines on
the skin relax and soften, the exact result Glasgow customers look
Do Botox® injections hurt?
This is a question many customers ask; there may be a small
level of discomfort but there is no anaesthetic required. A
practitioner at our clinic will use a fine needle to inject the
Botox® in the desired areas of the face. After the initial
treatment, it can take 14 days for the full effect of the
injections to take effect, although many patients start to see an
improvement after 3 days. Some practitioners also suggest that to
avoid bruising, medication such as anti-inflammatories should be
stopped as this avoids excessive bruising. However, if you are
unsure, please consult your practitioner prior to treatment.
How often will I need Botox® injections?
The full effects of Botox® last, on average between 3 and 6
months. We have regular Glasgow customers who make half yearly
visits to our clinic as they notice that as their muscle action
returns, lines and wrinkles will re-appear. Over time, these
wrinkles etc. can be less severe as the muscles are effectively
'trained' to relax.
Are there any side effects with Botox®?
Patients may potentially get a tiny bruise where injected but
this can be covered up with a small amount of concealer. Some
customers experience a slight headache within the proceeding 24
hours. Drooping eyelids have also been known to happen but this can
be caused by a client rubbing the injected area; in fact, you
should not rub the area for 12 hours after the injection so as to
prevent this happening. This 'drooping' resolves itself within a
few weeks of treatment. Side effects are uncommon if the
after care instructions are properly followed.
Is there any reason why I should not have Botox®?
Clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not have
Botox®. With Allure Aesthetics, you will receive a
full consultation prior to treatment at our Glasgow clinic and you
will be advised fully before making the final decision.