A large number of people are having Botox injections to regain a more youthful appearance. It is now a widely accepted treatment that is as common as going for a haircut.
In fact, the latest addition to the social calendar is the Botox party, a social event that focuses around Botox treatments.
Many argue that dentists are the best people to administer Botox, since they are used to giving injections when administering local anaesthetic. Their injection technique is said to be more refined.
What is Botox and what is it made from?
Botox is a purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. It is a non-surgical treatment that can temporarily reduce lines caused by overexpresion/activity of certain muscles (such as frown lines between the brows and crow's feet).
During the treatment, very small amounts of Botox are administered using a tiny needle inserted directly into the muscles that cause the expression lines. Depending upon the number of areas that need treating and the experience of the Botox practitioner, treatments take about 10 to 20 minutes and are usually painless. No recovery time is needed.
How does Botox work?
The theory behind treatment is to reduce muscle activity. Botox is injected directly into the muscles between your brows and works by blocking the signals between nerves and the injected muscles - thereby reducing the activity of the muscles through temporary paralyisis.
When will I see results from my Botox treatment?
Within two to three days, you may see a marked improvement in frown lines between your brows. However, the lines continue to improve for up to a month, and your skin appears smoother. The results from Botox last for up to four months and thus regular treatments are required to maintain a wrinkle-free look.
Does treatment with Botox hurt?
You may experience some discomfort during the treatment, but as the needle is so small, this is usually minimal. Some dentists numb the area with a local anaesthetic cream prior to injection, and if they're using dermal fillers in the lips, local anaesthetic is used to numb them. Once you have had the treatment, you can get on with your everyday tasks.
The term 'Dermal Filler' is a collective name given to a group of injectible treatments for the correction of wrinkles, folds scars and depressions in the face. They are made from both man-made and natural materials. Quick to perform and now commonly referred to as 'lunchtime procedures', most patients return immediately to work after treatment.
The list of Dermal filler treatments can include: sunken cheeks, weak chins, lip enhancement, acne scares, reshaping the nose, deep wrinkles, nasolabial lines, smile lines, scar improvement, aged hands, lip lines, dimples and many more.
There are two types of Dermal fillers, permanent and non-permanent, with non-permanent being the most proffered. Collagen is the most popular fill in the non-permanent type and is used for filling soft tissues by injection. We always recommend tests to be taken to be sure collagen is compatible with the intended patient. Hyaluronic Acid is another injectible filler used with great success.