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Botox – A Non-Invasive Way to Treat Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Botox is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and deep lines on the face.

What Causes Wrinkles?

Wrinkles are folds, ridges, or creases in the skin and typically appear on the face as individuals age. However, they can also appear prematurely for several reasons. For example, facial expressions can contribute to wrinkles, so those who use their facial muscles as a form of expression often find wrinkles and deep lines appear earlier than those who do not.

Other causes of premature wrinkles include smoking, sun exposure, medications, and dehydration.

As a person ages, their skin will naturally get thinner and have less elasticity. The facial muscles also get weaker, losing the battle with the pull of gravity. As a result, wrinkles tend to appear on the face and other areas of the body, such as the backs of the hands, the neck, and the tops of the forearms. Some wrinkles are less noticeable than others, and Botox is perfect for treating these less noticeable fine lines. However, more aggressive procedures such as fillers are preferable for deep lines on the face and offer better results.

What is Botox and How Does it Work?

Botox is the brand name for botulinum toxin, a bacterium commonly found in nature. It is a toxic substance that can be poisonous in large doses and can cause botulism, a dangerous condition that can be fatal. One of the complications of botulism is paralysis, so scientists have used this to create a substance that can be successfully used in cosmetic surgery.

Small amounts of botulinum toxin are injected into the facial muscles, which are then paralysed. Botox was approved for use on humans in the late eighties as it was found to work on ailments such as lazy eyes and uncontrolled blinking. It is also used to treat creases and wrinkles on the face. Paralysing the facial muscles helps create a smoother, younger-looking appearance.

When Botox is injected into facial muscles, it blocks the nerve signals to the muscles and stops the muscles from contracting. When the muscles cannot contract, the wrinkles will soften and relax.

The Botox Procedure

Botox injections are a non-surgical procedure and can be carried out in minutes. There is no need for an anaesthetic and no recovery time. The process involves Botox being injected into the specific muscles of the face with a fine needle. It typically causes minor discomfort, and the full effect of the treatment is usually seen within three to seven days. It is recommended that individuals refrain from drinking alcohol for at least a week before the procedure.

How Long Does Botox Last?

The Botox effects usually last for about four to six months. After this, the muscle will become active again, and wrinkles will once more start to appear. Therefore, it will be necessary for repeat Botox injections to maintain a smooth appearance. However, it is thought that with regular treatments, the muscles will learn to relax, and wrinkles will appear less severe.

Are There Any Side Effects?

There are minor side effects which can occur in those who have had Botox injections. The most common side effect is minor bruising. It is rare to experience headaches, but those who find these will resolve within 48 hours.

Eyelid drooping is also a side effect but resolves after around three weeks. This is caused by the injected Botox moving around inside the face; this can be prevented by refraining from rubbing the treated area for at least twelve hours.

Where Can You Get Botox Treatments?

Those who are unhappy with their appearance and want non-invasive treatments should consider Botox. Glasgow-based clinic Essence Medical offers several non-surgical procedures performed by top doctors. Our expert doctor will assess your requirements and recommend the best treatment options.


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