Botox for beginners
When some people hear the word ‘Botox’, it immediately conjures up negative thoughts and associations - needles, toxins and the biggest put off – overdone celebrities.
The reality is that in hands of a well trained and skilled practitioner, it can provide amazing, effective results that keep patients very happy and coming back for more.
There has to be a reason why it is one of our most popular treatments, right?
Botox – what is it?
Botox is a brand and a form of Botulinum Toxin.
"Botox", "botoxing", "botoxed". Whether used as a noun, adjective or verb, it's become a media soundbite to describe the most widely administered non-surgical treatment.
Botox or “Onabotulinumtoxin A” comes from the toxin Botulinum type A and is used in a number of medical procedures and for line and wrinkle smoothing treatment.
There are other licensed Botulinum Toxin variations on the market such as Vistabel or Azzalure.
All Botulinum Toxins are prescription only medicines and the treatment works by paralysing the muscle.
It is a temporary treatment that helps the skin appear refreshed and line free. It is usually used to treat areas on the face from the eye upwards and involves a series of injections.
What is it for?
It is used to soften and minimise the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles in patients aged between 18-65. However, depending on the patient, we do recommend that it’s generally best used on patients in their late 20s upwards.
There are 2 types of wrinkles:
- Dynamic (mimic)
- Static (permanent lines)
Wrinkles are formed when the facial muscles contract, which happens every time we smile or frown. Botox injections work great on wrinkles as both a preventative and corrective treatment.
Botox is used to treat:
- Frown lines
- Horizontal lines
- Crow's feet
- Laugh lines (extending from the nose to the mouth corners)
- Neck wrinkles
Not as scary as you think – how it works?
Needles used to administer the treatment are very fine ensuring that the patient feels nothing more than a scratch whilst guaranteeing precision.
Botox is injected directly into the muscles to relax them by weakening their contraction.
Results develop over a short period of time (up to 7 days) and the treatment has no to little downtime which may involve soft bruising or temporary swelling and redness.
I don't want a frozen look!
When it comes to Botox and getting a good result, it’s all about the amount of product used and the length of time left in between treatments.
As patients look for more natural results, modest amounts of product is used. It’s important that patients still have some movement in the area being treated for an overall natural effect.
Your treatment will be carried out over two clinical appointments - one to undertake the treatment, another to review the results and to assess whether you require a top up injection.
How long does it last?
On average it lasts between 3 – 4 months. However, if repeated regularly, results may start to last longer as the muscles slowly learn to avoid unnecessary facial tension.
What you may not know about Botox?
It is also a fantastic treatment for excessive sweating known as Hyperhydrosis.
Used to treat areas such as armpits, palms, feet soles and sometimes even on the chest, patients will notice a significant reduction in sweat within 4 weeks of the treatment taking place. Results can last for 6 – 12 months depending on the patient and the level of treatment.
Interestingly, it is also used to treat patients who suffer from migraines, incontinence and teeth grinding.
By Gosia Liszewska, Transform Aesthetician
Want to read more?
Find out more about Botox / line and wrinkle smoothing at Transform.
Read our Botox survey from last year.
Read our infographic on What Causes Wrinkles.