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The Science of Botox

What is Botox?
Botox is derived from botulinum toxin, a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It works by preventing nerve impulses from reaching the muscle which causes the muscle to relax. Many people do not realise that botulinum toxin or Botox, as it is more commonly known as, actually has a history that stretches back over a hundred years since it was first identified and its therapeutic uses were realised. 

It was in the 1980s that its cosmetic benefits were discovered. In 1987 a Canadian Ophthalmologist, Dr Jean Carruthers was treating patients for blepharospasm (eye spasms) with Botox and observed that a side effect of the treatment was the reduction of crow's feet and wrinkles around the eyes. 
 
How does it work?
Botox  blocks the nerve impulses that trigger wrinkle-causing muscle contractions, creating a temporary smooth and improved appearance between the brows. The treatment is temporary and the effects last for up to four months. The skin around the injection site will look smoother but the rest of your face will not be affected and you'll still be able to laugh, smile and frown.
It can be used to treat any dynamic wrinkles on the face; that is any wrinkles caused by movement. It is not suitable for permanent wrinkles that are caused by excessive sun exposure. 

Where does Botox work best?
The upper third of the face is where Botox is most commonly used - reducing frown lines, both across the forehead and between the eyebrows, and crow's feet. However, the cosmetic benefits of Botox are continually being expanded as practitioners find new ways to use this product. 
For example, Botox can be used to lift the eyebrows by a few millimetres giving the impression of a brow lift for less severe brow drooping. It is also used in the treatment of hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Dr Bob Khanna, a cosmetic dental surgeon and an internationally renowned expert in facial aesthetics, uses Botox to tackle teeth grinding;
 

Safety of Botox
Data shows that botulinum toxin type A is well tolerated and that it is an effective treatment for reducing the severity of glabellar lines with treatment achieving high levels of patient satisfaction.
As with any other type of procedure, there are certain risks, complications, and side effects that can occur, and these all need to be taken fully into consideration. Bruising or bleeding at the site of injection, headaches, and, very rarely, eyelid ptosis or diplopia, and brow droop.

Consultation with our Doctor is strictly private and confidential
At your initial free consultation, the doctor will discuss your expectations for the treatment and try understand what results you are hoping to achieve. The doctor will make a medical assessment and explain how the treatment would help you and discuss the potential side effects. Generally Botox works well for lines and wrinkles in the upper face caused by facial expressions and muscle over activity such as in frown lines, forehead wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Follow Up Appointment for Botox

The effects of Botox will start to be visible about 4 to 7 days after the injections and the effects will last for about three months. Before you leave you should book a free follow up appointment with the doctor two weeks after the treatment. This is so the doctor can check that you are happy with the results and that the treatment has worked as you expected.  If necessary, free Botox top up treatment can also be given at this follow up appointment.

For more information or to book an appointment, call in to our shop or please contact Kay on 068-23574 or at kay@kaymcdonnell.com

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