The treatment Botulinum Toxin, which is best known as Botox ® has been used in hospitals in the UK since 1977 and within the cosmetics industry for over 20 years.
what is “botox” and how does it work?
Botulinum toxin type A is a purified protein that works by relaxing muscles that cause expression lines and wrinkles by reducing the activity and strength of the muscles.
Lines and wrinkles develop on our skin, in particular, our faces, which makes us look older and more tired than we feel. These signs of ageing, are the result of sun damage and toxins.
Azzalure, Dysport, Vistabel, BoCouture and Xeomin are other brand names for Botulinum toxin type A and work in the same way as Botox.
They are all used as muscle relaxing treatments and can also be used to prevent excess sweating. Dr Sheila routinely uses BoCouture.
The use of toxin is a non-surgical, physician-administered treatment that can temporarily reduce the appearance of mild-severe lines and wrinkles, as well as reduce the amount of sweat produced (depending on the area treated).
During treatment, very low doses of the toxin are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn lines (or sweat glands that cause sweating). The treatment is usually done in about 10 minutes, and no recovery time is needed. Within days, you may see an improvement.
The results typically last between 3-9 months depending on the area treated and may vary from patient to patient.
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