Lots of people have heard of Botox, and know that it is one of the best ways to reduce wrinkles and fine lines in the face. Botulinum toxin is the active ingredient found in Botox injections. This has been used in medicine for a number of years.

As well as being used to reduce wrinkles, Botox has a number of different uses. This includes:

  • Treatment for facial spasms
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Treatment for excessive sweating

How does it work?

When botulinum toxin (Botox) is used in small amounts it can give the patient great benefits. Botulinum toxin temporarily blocks the nerve impulses from reaching the treated area. This allows the muscles to relax, skin soften and therefore reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

This is a very quick and easy procedure, usually taking around 10-20 minutes. There is no need for any anaesthetic, and most people will be able to get on with their day to day activates once they leave the clinic. Some patients may experience redness or bruising around the site of the injection; however, this should clear up after a few days and you should see changes to your appearance within 5 days. As this is a temporary procedure, most patients will have to return for a top up every 3-4 months.

Like all procedures, there are risks that you should consider before going ahead with Botox injections. As we have talked about before; Botox is temporary and therefore so are the side effects (the risk of permanent damage is extremely low). Possible side effects include:

  • Weakness or drooping near the site of the injection
  • Rashes or itchiness
  • Bruising, swelling or redness
  • Headaches
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Asymmetry
  • Drooped eyelid or eyebrow

These will all be discussed in detail with your consultant before the procedure.

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