Chances are you have probably heard of botox treatment, the miraculous “cure” for fine lines and wrinkles that everyone is talking about. But how does it work, how long does it last, and what exactly can it be used for?
Similar to dermal fillers, Botox is the name for a substance that is injected into skin. It is known to have an inhibiting effect on muscle movement, and so can help to stop fine lines and wrinkles from forming or from getting worse than they are. The term Botox actually comes from the word ‘Botulous’ which means sausage! I know that doesn’t sound that glamorous but it is because the substance we use today is related to a naturally occurring poison which can sometimes be found in meat products that have gone off. Stick with us, it’s worth it we promise!
Botox is probably best well-known for its youthful properties, preventing fine lines from worsening and helping to give the face a youthful appearance. However, it also has some less well known uses as well – did you know, for example, that it can be injected into the armpits to help stop excessive sweating?
When Botox is used in the face for cosmetic reasons, it blocks the nerve signals to certain muscles which relaxes them, and this in turn helps to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the skin.
Again, it is a series of injections to the face, and so it usually takes around 35 to 45 minutes. You may experience some slight bruising or swelling after treatment, but this should go down within 24 hours and in the meantime can be disguised with make-up.
This treatment is ideal for a wide variety of patients, especially those with fine lines and wrinkles. It can be really useful in improving the look of crow’s feet and frown lines for a period of time, but it will need to be topped up regularly to ensure a consistent result.
Botox has a freezing effect on muscles that tends to last between 4 to 6 months. After the treatment you should be able to see results within an hour, with the main result being visible after about a week.
For more information on Botox or any of our other facial treatments, such as a brow lift, please call the team today on 0161 486 0743.
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