It’s been a decade since it was legalised for cosmetic use and has a horde of celebrity fans, in fact Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Eva Longoria and Courtney Cox are just a few who have admitted using it, but just what is Botox and how can it work for you?
What is Botox?
Botox is a trade name for the botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When taken in large doses it can cause botulism which is a rare paralytic illness often linked to food poisoning. However, when used in cosmetic procedures it is a much weaker dose and perfectly safe. It can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and is a great anti-aging tool.
In fact it is now one of the most popular anti-aging techniques in the UK because it is so convenient and comes at a good price.
How does Botox work?
The idea of Botox is that it relaxes the facial muscles that lead to wrinkles. So the main area that tends to be treated is where we frown – so the forehead and eye area. This relaxed look will last for between two and seven months. However, it is not just around the forehead that you can get Botox you can also use it to treat lines round the nose (also known as bunny lines), lines around the mouth (smoker’s lines, smile lines and the marionette fold), the chin as well as the neck.
It can also help improve the quality of your skin and can reduce the look of scars linked to muscles. While at Shumaila you can even get Botox to treat migraines, facial sprain as well as muscle dystrophy.
What can you expect from Botox treatment?
If you get a Botox treatment your therapist will first assess the area before administering a number of small injections, this will normally only cause temporary discomfit. The whole treatment takes about 10-30 minutes and doesn’t require anesthetic.
Once you have had Botox you should start to see the effects develop over a period of three to five days. However, it will reach its maximum effect at two weeks but that does depend on a number of factors including how bad the original lines are, the size of the muscles and the amount of botulinum Toxin used.
What about side effects?
The side effects of Botox are actually very rare – in fact according to one study only three per cent of patients experience any issues. However, like any cosmetic treatment you do need to be aware of any potential problems.
After any treatment there will be mild swelling and redness and although infections are very rare if you do experience anything unusual it is important to seek advise from your GP. If you are taking Warfarin or Asprin this may exacerbate any bruising you experience after the treatment. Also if you are pregnant or breastfeeding you shouldn’t get Botox and some neurological conditions may be made worse by using Botox. It also may not react well to certain medications.
However, if you go to a salon such as Shumaila you can have an effective and safe wrinkle treatment and feel younger.