Botox

Botulinum Toxin | Botox®

Botox® is one of the most popular non-surgical treatments, with more than 6 million Botox® treatments being administered each year, and with over twenty different medical conditions currently being treated using the product there are far more uses for Botox® than just treating your wrinkles.

Botox® has become famous amongst celebrities, and everyone else it seems. It has become the “go to” treatment and is in high demand when it comes to alleviating unsightly lines and wrinkles. It is popular amongst a broad age range, with the term prevention being a key subject for many. At Bellisimos we always offer a consultation to ensure you are well informed and certain in your choice of treatment.

We want to ensure you feel your best every day, and inspire confidence in you.

Botox® is made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium clostridium Botulinum called Botulinum toxin. Botox® is used both medically and cosmetically. It is used to treat certain muscular conditions, but also used to alleviate the appearance and formation of lines and wrinkles by blocking the neurotransmitter signals from the nerves to muscles. The injected muscles will fail to contract which will cause the wrinkles to relax and soften, giving you a youthful appearance. Other uses of Botox® include the treatment of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), migraines, muscular disorders, and some bladder and bowel disorders. There are various commercial names which Botulinum toxin is sold under: Botox®

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Botox, or Botulinum toxin type A, is used to remove wrinkles cosmetically by temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscles and medically to treat certain muscular conditions, such as, excessive sweating, migraines, muscular spasms, and some bladder and bowel disorders. It is the most popular non-invasive cosmetic treatment, and has been known for over a century. It is used in medical purposes for more than 50 years. Botox stands for Botulinum Toxin and it is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Although Botox is a powerful poison, it has huge demand and has proven to be a successful and valuable therapeutic protein.

The bacterium Clostridium botulinum, can be found in many natural environment including soil, lakes, and forests as well as in the intestinal tracts of mammals and fish and in the gills and organs of crabs and other shellfish. Such naturally occurring Clostridium botulinum bacteria and spores are largely inactive and non-toxic and therefore harmless.

The bacterium Clostridium botulinum, is found in many natural environment including soil, lakes, and forests also in the intestinal tracts of mammals and fish and in the gills and organs of crabs and other shellfish. Such naturally occurring instances of Clostridium botulinum bacteria and spores are largely inactive and non-toxic and therefore harmless.

Botox injections work by reducing the strength of certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves. Most people start to see the effect of Botox within 10 days, and the effects last about 3 to 12 months, depending on what we’re treating. However, to maintain the effect, we’ll need regular follow-up injections. It is highly recommended not to have injections in the same site without the gap of three months. In 2017, Botulinum toxin was the top non-surgical cosmetic treatment in the U.S., with 1,548,236 injections performed by physicians.

Botulinum toxin injections is produced by the microbe that causes botulism. This is a type of food poisoning. The chemical signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract is blocked by Botox. The most common use of these injections is to temporarily numb the underlying facial muscles that cause wrinkles, such as: Frown lines between the eyebrows, which can make us look tired, unhappy or angry and Crow’s-feet which are the lines that fan out from the corners of the eyes. It has been successful in treating more than 11 million patients since 2002.

Although Botox is most commonly used for cosmetic purposes, mainly to reduce the appearance of fine lines and facial wrinkles; it can also be used to treat certain eye disorders such as crossed eyes and uncontrolled blinking. As well as to muscle stiffness/spasms or movement disorders. It can be used to prevent very frequent and chronic migraines. It helps to reduce leaking of urine, frequent urination. Treats overactive bladder, severe underarm sweating and drooling/excess saliva.

  • Botox®

  • Botulinum Toxin Type A
  • Bocouture
  • Xeomin
  • Dysport
  • Vistabel

What can Botox® do for me?

Botox® is used cosmetically for your upper and lower facial lines, it can also be used for a gummy smile or downturned mouth corners. Botox® can help ease grinding of the teeth, a wide jaw structure, migraines and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) amongst many other uses.

Who cannot have Botox®?

Unfortunately we cannot treat you if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Your medical history details will also be reviewed during consultation.

After your treatment all we ask is that you do not drink alcohol on the treatment day, avoid tilting your head forwards or laying down for 4-6 hours afterwards, and do not exercise for 48 hours. If you feel any temporary discomfort, such as a headache just take ordinary painkillers such as paracetamol. Please avoid any anti-inflammatory medication, such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin.

How long will the results last?

On average Botox® results last 3-5 months. It is usually dependant on lifestyle and your body’s reaction or immunity to the product.

Are there any side effects after having Botox®?

After treatment there’s a very small risk of bruising at the injection sites, and some people sometimes experience a headache. Other possible side effects can include an allergic reaction to the product, however your practitioner will go through all of the necessary information with you during your consultation to ensure you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.

What process should I expect if I decide to have Botox® with Bellisimos?

After treatment there’s a very small risk of bruising at the injection sites, and some people sometimes experience a headache. Other possible side effects can include an allergic reaction to the product, however your practitioner will go through all of the necessary information with you during your consultation to ensure you are a suitable candidate for the treatment.

Can I improve the longevity of the results?

There are ways to improve the longevity of the results by treating your skin from the inside. We usually advise patients to have other treatments between having Botox® such as, PRP (platelet rich plasma) facials. This treatment helps to renew the mid / deep dermis layers of skin and improves collagen production, helping your skin to renew and show a more visible youthful appearance.

Botox® | Anti Wrinkle

If you decide that Botox® is for you then you will be in the comfort of one of our clinics with an experienced practitioner throughout each step. A consultation will be arranged and a treatment plan will be created, and once you are happy we will continue with the procedure. The procedure itself doesn’t take long, no anaesthesia is required and it is virtually painless. Botox® is injected with a super fine needle into specific muscles. Once the practitioner has finished injecting, some aftercare advice will be given, and a follow up appointment is arranged for 14 days following the treatment.

Procedure

The target areas are cleansed with a non-alcohol cleanser prior to being injected. Some doctors’ will also apply a topical anesthetic to further reduce discomfort. Then small amounts of Botulinum toxin are injected into the muscles to be treated to have some limited activity of the area. Several injections are injected at different sites, which blocks nerve impulses to those tissues. The muscle activity that causes the frown lines is reduced, which results in a smoother look. The skin usually has a difficult time wrinkling if it doesn’t have a contracting muscles beneath it.

The Practitioner uses a thin needle to inject tiny amounts of Botox in the target areas. The number of Botox injections required usually depends on many factors, one of them being, the extent of the area that is treated. Botox usually come as a crystalline substance which then has to be reconstituted with saline or another liquid. Practitioners add varying amounts of liquid when reconstituting it. Most doctors add about 2 mL-3 mL (half a teaspoon) of liquid to each vial. A small, highly concentrated dose of Botox is less likely to spread from the injection site than a large amount of diluted dose. The injections take about 10 minutes, and we should have no downtime afterward.

After the injections, we will have to lay upright on the table for about 2 to 5 minutes to make sure we feel good after the procedure, and then we should avoid lying down for the next 2 to 4 hours.

Any injection can hurt, but the needles used for Botox injections are very tiny, so the pain is usually minimal. Most people tolerate the injection discomfort well. However, there are various methods available to numb the area, such as topical anesthesia or vibration anesthesia, and ice, also manual massage which reduces discomfort.

Botulinum toxin can frequently soften the lines but not always completely get rid of them and the symptoms will gradually return as the medication wears off.

Advantages

Use of Botox makes wrinkles and fine lines, less obvious. They can temporarily alter and improve our appearance without the need for surgery. Deeper facial lines becomes somewhat less deep and superficial lines will nearly disappear. Botox has a 65% satisfaction rate.

Limitations

The injections are expensive. In the UK, Botulinum toxin injections cost somewhere from £150 to £350 per session, depending on the amount of product used. The effect of Botox injections aren’t permanent. Also there’s no guarantee that the desired effect will be achieved. The signs of ageing will be seen elsewhere, for example, Botox will not fix sagging eyelids.

The FDA has approved Botox Cosmetic for anyone aged between 18 to 65. However, we shouldn’t use Botox if:

  • We’re allergic to any ingredients in Botox or Botox Cosmetic.
  • We’re allergic to Myobloc, Xeomin or Dysport which are other brands of botulinum toxin.
  • Have an active skin infection in the injection area.
  • Suffer with breathing problems, such as asthma.
  • Have difficulty swallowing.
  • Have bleeding issues.
  • Previously had facial surgery.
  • Have weakness in our forehead muscles.
  • Have drooping eyelids.
  • There are several factors that may shorten or lengthen that period of how long the Botox lasts:
  • Our age.
  • Whether we smoke.
  • Our diet.
  • How much sun we get and also how much sun damage our skin already has.
  • Whether we use Botox repeatedly or not

Precaution

We can resume our normal daily activities right after the procedure. However we must take care to not rub or massage the treated areas as this can cause the toxin to shift to a different area. Also, we shouldn’t drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness or clear vision until we’re certain that we can perform such activities safely. We must also limit alcoholic beverages. Use of Botox treatment is not recommended to pregnant and breastfeeding women.

If we take blood thinners, we may need to stop taking them several days before our injection, to reduce the risk of bleeding or bruising. After the procedure, it is advised not to use the affected muscles during the next several days and to avoid strenuous activity for several hours afterward because it may increase the risk of bruising. Applying direct pressure is much more effective than applying ice to control bleeding and bruising.

Tips to prevent or minimize side effects of Botox:

  • We must make sure the physician performing the treatment is very experienced at Botox injections and practices in a clean, safe and appropriate environment.
  • Before having injections, we must tell the clinic about any health problems we have.
  • We should also tell him/her about medications, vitamins, herbal preparations or other supplements we take.
  •  We must follow our practitioner’s pre and post injection advice’s very carefully.
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