The Dummies’ Guide to Botox

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Botox derives its name from a chemical called botulinum toxin type-A produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This chemical is lethal, but its usable amount can provide several benefits such as wrinkle treatment, which makes Botox a highly popular cosmetic remedy.

Three forms of botulinum toxin available as brands, Botox, Dysport and Xeomin. Another of its form, botulinum toxin type B branded as MyoBloc is also used for cosmetic and medical procedures.

How Botox works?

Botox works effectively by reducing muscle activity on its targeted area. Our facial muscles are responsible for giving expressions but with age, their movement results in formation of dynamic lines and wrinkles such as frown lines, forehead lines, neck bands and smile lines. When Botox is injected in the area where treatment needs to be done, it inhibits nerve signal transmission. The muscular activity decreases causing the overlying skin become softer. This phenomenon results in reduction of unwanted aging signs from face and neck area.


The treatment is performed by a certified aesthetic medicine practitioner. In the UK, and its regions like in Derbyshire, you can easily find a Botox Derby clinic. Most Botox clinics are privately operated while others are run by the NHS.

A consultation session is carried out by the doctor before treatment where you may need to provide your medical history and tell the doctor about your concern. The doctor then provides suitable advice and confirms whether you should have Botox.

Since the treatment involves fine needles, a topical anaesthesia is applied to the targeted areas to minimize pain. Your doctor determines the quantity of Botox that needs to be injected, it is measured in number of units.

The complete procedure takes 10-15 minutes duration. Botox injection procedure does not necessitate any recovery time. Initial side effects may involve bruising, swelling and redness in the treatment areas which should fad away within a week. If complications are severe, consult your doctor right away. The results are always temporary which remain for 6-12 months. Once the effects are worn off, another treatment can be done.

Other benefits of Botox

Botox not only diminishes aging signs, but also provides cure for nagging disorders such as bruxism, TMJ, blepharospasm, and excessive sweating. The muscle-paralyzing phenomenon applies with other treatment procedures.

Should you have Botox or not?

People with ages 18-60 can have Botox, although it is advised that teenagers should avoid this treatment. Pregnant and breast-feeding women should completely avoid Botox or any related cosmetic treatment.

Talk to your doctor before going for an appointment to discuss whether your specific body conditions allow you to have this procedure.


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