what is botox

What is Botox

Are you thinking about having an aesthetic treatment, but not sure what options are available to you? Maybe you have heard a bit about Botox and fillers, but not sure what the differences are and want a clearer understanding?

The core difference is as follows: Botox contains purified bacteria that freezes the muscles. In doing so, Botox can help minimise the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by your facial expressions. Dermal fillers contain ingredients that add fullness to areas that have thinned due to ageing and actually plumps the skin to tackle wrinkles and lines that have already appeared on your face.

Both are minimally invasive, meaning that they are not a surgical procedure, but they do require the use of a needle or cannula. However, there are more factors you should consider when deciding which to go for. If you’re thinking of having injectable facial treatments there are a lot of options and you may be wondering, which option is right for me?

What is Botox?

Botox is actually the most well-known brand name for a prescriptive medicine called Botulinum Toxin (similar to how we “hoover” the house, when it’s actually vacuum!) Botox and other brands are a natural, purified form of the botulinum toxin protein that is obtained from bacteria. This method of treatment has been used safely for decades, both in medical and cosmetic medicine. Although it may sound daunting, it’s actually one of the safest products out there for aesthetics treatments.

How does Botox work?

Botox works by blocking nerve signals in the muscles where it has been injected. Botox interrupts the nerve signals and the affected muscle is therefore relaxed. As a result, the specific muscles treated will not move as much and certain wrinkles may be softened, reduced or even removed.

What does Botox treat?

Botox works really well on wrinkles or fine lines caused by muscle movement in the face, commonly the upper face or arising the mouth. Botox will reduce or prevent movement lines (those that appear when you make an expression, such as frown). If you already have resting lines (this is a line that remains on your face when you are not making any expression) Botox will also soften these lines but it may take a few treatments if the lines are deep.

What are Botox side effects?

The best thing about Botox is that it is very safe and is also temporary, making it a great first option for people considering non-surgical treatments. Even if you have a minor side effect it will always wear off. This is because nerve endings always repair and recover over time.

Some minor side effects could be bruising or swelling around the area, but this will subside after a few days. After the treatment, some people may feel a mild headache the evening of the treatment, especially if they have had a lot of injections, but again this will subside.

Is getting Botox painful?

Botox is injected using a very small needle, and much smaller than a needle used for a blood test. It is a quick, sharp scratch then sometimes a cold sensation.

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