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Botox (Botulinum Toxin) is something we read about and see on a daily basis but what actually is it, how does it work and is it safe?

Botox Injections: What exactly is Botox?

From a cosmetic point of view Botox is used to temporarily improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles mainly on the forehead and around the eyes. When Botox is injected, it has an effect on both muscles and sweat secretions.

By being injected into the muscle, it is minimising the repeated effect of muscle contractions from frowning and squinting. Thus, preventing the formation of fine lines and wrinkles!

So, what is Botox and how does it work? Botox is a naturally occurring protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. It is a neurotoxin meaning when it is injected its job is to interrupt the connection between the nerve and the muscle.

When no toxin is used the nerve would tell the muscle to contract when required. For example, if you are angry you would frown caused by the muscle contracting.

After Botox injections, the nerve can no longer deliver the message because it has been blocked so our muscles stay relaxed, impacting the skin on top.

As the muscle cannot contract as strongly as before, the lines normally seen on the surface of the skin cannot form as easily.

Botox Injections Results & Side Effects

At Medical Cosmetics we always aim for the most natural result and we are able to tailor the amount of Botox used to give clients the best result for them. Botox is not about looking frozen and not being able to move the muscle at all if that is not the look you want! A healthy and appearance of looking really well is easily achieved.

But.. is Botox safe? In a word, yes! When administered correctly and by a qualified and insured professional Botox is very safe to have following years of research. It is extremely rare to see serious complications and the main side effects most clients tend to see is a small amount of redness and slight swelling around the injection site – these tend to subside within an hour or so.

Botox is used in many medical procedures to help with certain health issues including migraines, bladder issues, excessive sweating and muscular conditions, resulting in tens of millions of Botox treatments being administered without any serious or long-term negative issues.

So yes, Botox is safe, and we encourage anyone considering the treatment to research their practitioner thoroughly to ensure they have experience in the procedure and the relevant qualifications and knowledge.

To speak to our qualified Doctor for a complimentary consultation give us a call on 0115 981 8801.

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