The Beauty Bit
Botulinum toxin (Botox or Bocouture) is used mainly to treat unwanted facial wrinkles. The most commonly treated areas are forehead lines, frown lines and crows feet. It is administered by tiny injections into the muscles to be relaxed or under the skin above the muscles to be relaxed. Although it is uncomfortable it is not a painful procedure. The procedure rarely takes longer than ½ an hour.
The effects of Botox usually take 48 hours to start to show, although it is earlier than that for some individuals. However total effects cannot be judged until 14 days following treatment. As a clinic we like to see patients at the 14 day stage to ensure patient satisfaction. The treatment is likely to be effective for at least 2 months, but some clients find the effects last 4-6 months. Some clients choose to get treated every time they notice the effects wearing off, other clients prefer to use it less frequently.
The Science Bit
Botulinum toxin is a chemical which is released by a bacteria which, when injected in and around muscles, prevents the muscles from contracting. It works by blocking the chemicals released from nerves.
It is only active by injection and cannot be absorbed through the skin itself i.e creams. It has a temporary effect lasting between 3-6 months. After which time the nerve ending which supply the previously relaxed muscle will return to their usual function to make the muscle contract as before.
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