5 Things to Know about Botox

Widely popular, Botox treatment has been in use for various areas across the body with applications ranging from medicine to cosmetics.  Tested in 1978, Botox is more than just combating the signs of ageing.

Here’s five things you should know about Botox -

What is Botox?

Botox is a brand name of an injectable neuromodulator called Botulinum Toxin Type A. It is used medically to treat muscular conditions by selectively reducing the transmission of the electrical current between the nerve and the muscle which are responsible for the appearance of frown lines, worry lines, cross feet, and other dynamic wrinkles. The popular brands in UK that prepare Botox are Allergan, Azzalure and Bocoture.

Is Botox used for other areas besides the forehead?

Yes. Botulinum Toxin Type A or Botox is very commonly used to reduce the bulk of the master muscle, which is responsible for making the face look square and muscular. It is also used for treating hyperhidrosis (severe underarm sweating), strabismus (crossed eyes), blepharospasm (eyelid spasms), cervical dystonia (that affects the head and causes neck pain), preventing migraine and reducing symptoms of an overactive bladder due to neurological condition.

What is a Botox Lip Flip?

A lip flip is a popular cosmetic procedure that involves the usage of extremely small doses of Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A) into the middle of your upper lip (Cupid’s bow), and into the corners of your mouth. The injection not only relaxes the muscles around your lip but also gives your lip a youthful and fuller appearance. It takes about five days to two weeks to make the results appear and then can last up to three months.

What are the pros and cons of Botox?

Quick to deliver, FDA approved and relatively painless Botox treatments has little to no downtime as long as it's being done by an experienced injector. There is nothing much to worry about as far as the expected action of the treatment is concerned.

The main cons are that the results of the treatment are not permanent and on an average need to be renewed every three to four months. Though it is not very common but patients with thin skin can sometimes get bruises after the injections. Also, if the injector is not familiar with the facial anatomy, you can get asymmetrical results, which can take about three to four months to wear off.

How much does the Procedure cost?

The cost of the procedure varies depending on how many areas are being treated during the treatment. Generally, patients are advised to have three areas which will cover the frown lines, worry lines, and cross feet. The cost of which will range from 180 to £250 however, for men, there is a 40-pound surcharge on above figures. The reason being, the muscles are stronger in men and need much more dose as compared to the women.

What is baby Botox?

Baby Botox or micro-Botox is a latest trend in injectable Botox procedures which adds volume to your face and smoothens out fine lines and wrinkles, just like traditional Botox. However, baby Botox uses a smaller amount of the traditional Botox injectable.

There are many medicinal as well as cosmetic treatments where Botox are used effectively. Cosmetic surgeons at our clinic can help patients decide where and when can they use Botox injections.