Perhaps you already know people who have had Botox, or maybe you’re just curious to learn more. While Botox is perhaps best known for smoothing away wrinkles, it also has a number of other applications including reducing excessive sweating underneath the arms and on the palms of the hands, and relieving migraines. Regardless of your reasons for wanting Botox, you can be sure the procedure is safe as possible at our Leeds surgery as you’ll receive the attention of fully qualified and experienced practitioners.
What is Botox?
Botox is a prescription medicine that is derived from botulism toxin. The botulism toxin is produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. The toxin works by blocking certain chemical signals from nerves, particularly the nerves that make muscles contract. It is a tried and tested treatment that has been used for decades and has the advantage of being far less invasive than other methods to reduce wrinkles. When injected into the face it helps to relax the muscles giving the effect of smoothing out the skin, improving the look of wrinkles. The results are temporary, but most people find the treatment will last for between three and six months before requiring a top up.
Booking a Consultation with a Qualified Practitioner
If you’re thinking about having Botox then it’s worth booking a consultation with Dr David Brown or another of our highly qualified dentist. This is because we need to ensure you don’t have any pre-existing medical conditions that may mean this isn’t the right course of action for you. We’ll take the time to explain the procedure thoroughly to you, and this is also your chance to ask any questions you may have. Although Botox can be a very effective treatment, it’s not right for everyone and may not improve the appearance of all wrinkles. You’ll get an honest opinion when visiting our dentist in Leeds surgery, as we’ll let you know the kind of results you can expect. If we don’t think it’ll make it significant difference to your appearance, or that it may not help with any other symptoms then we will let you know!
What to Expect When Having Botox
The actual process only takes between 15 minutes and half an hour and most people experience the minimum of discomfort. However it’s quite normal to experience a slight redness afterwards. It takes a few days for the treatment to begin working, but maximum results should be achieved within one to two weeks. Although you may see Botox treatments advertised elsewhere, it is essential to consult a properly trained professional as otherwise complications could arise. One of the most common side effects is simply over treating an area, creating that frozen look which isn’t particularly desirable. Risks include slight bruising around the injection site, and experiencing flu-like symptoms or even headaches.
Botox for Non-Cosmetic Reasons
Many people suffering from headaches or migraines have found Botox to be more effective than other treatments as it can help to improve the symptoms and shorten the duration of chronic migraines. Botox is injected into the neck and head to treat headaches and migraines. Botox in Leeds was discovered to reduce the symptoms of excessive sweating 20 years ago, and was the first time the toxin had been used in a non-muscular way.
Botox sometimes receives a bad press, but this is usually when it has been used incorrectly, or has been over-used by practitioners who lack the necessary experience and training to utilise it properly.