Botox Injections – are they safe?

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?

Allure Aesthetics 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.

Contact Allure Aesthetics today for a no obligation consultation.

Posted by Donna at 13:13


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