As far as injectable treatments go, Botox has become a common household name. We’ve all heard of it, whether it’s through friends opting for treatments or the increasingly candid media personalities indulging us. You know it reduces wrinkles, but how does it work and is it safe? What even is Botox? For how popular and well-known it is, Botox is still somewhat misunderstood. Let’s explore this line softening treatment in greater detail and shed some mysteries on the nature of Botox!
What is Botox?
Botox, or Botulinum Toxin A, is a medical toxin used for treating fine lines and wrinkles in expressive areas. It is classed as a prescription-only medication, which is why treatment should only be carried out by medical professionals such as Westfield Aesthetics’ Dr Prasanna. It is medically approved and regulated for use within expressive muscles in the face, as well as lessening the effects of localised excessive sweating or hyperhidrosis. There are new uses for Botox discovered constantly, and its medical uses continue to expand. It’s going to be exciting watching where this little toxin goes!
How does Botox work?
Botox works in particularly expressive or animated muscles to lessen their contraction. Previously used to manage medical conditions, it has since risen to popularity in cosmetics and aesthetics. The toxin blocks some (and only some) of the animation in the muscles, causing them to contract less aggressively than they previously would. Because the muscles aren’t creasing the skin atop them during contraction, fine lines and wrinkles are minimised and smoothed!
Which areas of the face does Botox treat?
This treatment is suitable for targeting overactive muscles and functions particularly well in areas of expression in the face. For example, using Botulinum Toxin in the forehead or ‘worry lines’ could help reduce the wrinkles that appear when you raise your eyebrows. Frown lines between your eyebrows are another common treatment area to help lessen these animated wrinkles. Smile lines or crow’s feet that appear at the corner of your eyes are sometimes seen to be prematurely ageing, but strategic injections here could lessen the amount the offending muscles crease the skin. There is a multitude of possibilities with Botox, because it’s medical uses are being investigated every day.
Is Botox safe?
Treatment with Botox is safe only when it is performed by medically trained and qualified hands. As a prescription-only medication, medical professionals also trained in aesthetics are who you should be seeking for these treatments. They understand your facial anatomy, the toxin itself, and your desired results better than anyone else.
What are the medical uses of Botox?
Medical investigations continue into the uses of Botox, and exciting progressions are made every day. Botox can treat excessive sweating in localised treatment areas, bruxism or teeth grinding, and there are even studies into how altering your facial expression could benefit depression.
We hope we’ve shed some much-needed light on line softening treatments so that you can make a safe and informed choice when considering paying us a visit! Of course, at your initial consultation we will also answer any of your remaining questions and provide you aftercare advice. Enquire online or call us on 0121 4204038 to book your treatments in Birmingham today!