Working in the Beauty Industry means that I come across people having Botox a lot and the clinics/Salons I work from have practitioners booked up with Botox enthusiasts most days. Here’s my low down on Botox for all those interested.
The greatest advancement in cosmetic dermatology. Treating wrinkles with botox injections has allowed doctors and nurses to treat conditions that in the past not even plastic surgery could remedy. Botox has many uses, but its claim to fame is how well it smoothes dynamic wrinkles. Also known as wrinkles in motion these lines are most often found across the forehead, between the brows and around the eyes. Constant frowning is one sure way to get them, but any sort of movement will bring them on, including laughing heartily and squinting at your computer screen. In other words, just being alive brings them on.
For a substance with such dramatic beautifying properties, Botox has a controversial background. Botox, or botulinum toxin type A is a highly purified derivative of a toxin that in much, much larger doses could be hazardous. When used for cosmetic, or wrinkle zapping purposes, the toxin is purified and diluted and injected into the facial muscles. Almost instantly, the toxin blocks the nerve impulses that control muscle movement by restricting the patients abilities to contract the facial muscles. No contraction of the muscle equals no movement of the skin lying over it and no movement equals no wrinkles. A smoothing effect is seen while the patient is still in the chair, with improvement continuing over the following couple of days. This result lasts approximately three to six months, at which point most patients gradually return to their original state of wrinkling. A lot of women are afraid of Botox and to be honest I can understand the fears. There’s something slightly alarming about being able to erase wrinkles with a shot of something that originates from a toxin!
IS IT SAFE?
Research has shown that in humans, a lethal injection would consist of 2,500 to 3,000 units for botox. For patients suffering from the muscle spasms associated with cerebral palsy for example, dosages as high as 1,000 units are used quite routinely. When Botox is used for cosmetic reasons the average dosage is up to 75 units.
WILL I LOOK FROZEN AND EXPRESSIONLESS?
One of the biggest misconceptions about Botox is that it will eliminate all facial expressions. I’ve certainly seen my fair share of expressionless faces but I can also vouch for how natural Botox can look. With the proper technique, an artistic eye and a conservative approach, the client should look like themselves, only more refreshed and rejuvenated.
WHO SHOULD TREAT ME?
There is a dangerous misconception that since Botox is a relatively quick and simple procedure, it can be done anywhere, by anyone. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Just because a Botox injection can be administered in less than thirty minutes doesn’t make it any less serious than, say, a laser eye – correction procedure. Be sure to book in with a reputable and fully qualified Proffessional Physician or Nurse that have extensive experience with Botox and understand advanced facial anatomy.
Certain vitamins and medications, such as vitamin E and aspirin, can make you more prone to bruising at the injection site. Avoid them for approximately 10 days before being treated with Botox. It’s important to remain upright for a minimum of two hours following treatment to ensure Botox doesn’t migrate. Excessive smiling and frowing are what brought you to seek Botox in the first place. Funnily enough, you’ll have to do a lot of both immediately after the treatment to ensure that the Botox binds properly.
IS THERE SUCH A THING AS TOO MUCH BOTOX?
The only way that too much Botox becomes a problem is when an excessive amount is injected in one sitting, resulting in a frozen forehead, lowered brow and possible drooping of the eyelid. Over time, a very small group of patients will develop immunity to Botox, meaning that subsequent treatments woun’t have an effect.
WHAT CAN BOTOX TREAT?
Reduces under-eye bulge to open the eyes
Lines in the neck
Vertical smokers lines
Vertical marionette lines
Lines on the chest
Dimpling on the chin
WHAT CAN’T BOTOX DO?
Enlarge the lips
Smooth nasolabial folds
Add volume to the cheeks
Fill in deep wrinkles