We may think we have a general understanding of what botulinum toxin is, as it is becoming an increasingly popular treatment, but there are so many Botox uses we may not be aware of.
The drug itself is a purified protein that relaxes muscles for a temporary period. Usually, Botox® lasts between 3-4 months, and is a maintenance treatment. In other areas, there may be more applied, and this may wear off after a longer period of time.
It is paramount that patients seek guidance and consultation from a qualified medical practitioner, who understands the facial anatomy and has an aesthetic eye. In your consultation, you should ask questions and make sure that the practitioner is right for you – ask to see examples of their work and discuss your desired outcome.
Perhaps the most obvious use for this purified protein is to reduce and smooth the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. The injections work by relaxing the muscles that cause the deepening of these furrows, temporarily, meaning over time the skin appears smoother and more youthful.
As it is not a permanent solution, patients will require ongoing treatment. This is beneficial to patients, however, as it means you remain in control and can adjust the look of treatment over time, depending on your changing preferences and requirements.
We apply anti-wrinkle injections to a number of areas for anti-ageing purposes, including the forehead, the glabella, crow’s feet and bunny lines.
Jawline slimming with Botox®
One area that you might not be so familiar with that can be treated with Botox® is the jawline. Applied in small, precise doses along the jaw, your practitioner can slim the jawline and create a smoother silhouette.
Treating the jawline with botulinum toxin is also useful to those who suffer with bruxism and grind their teeth. By alleviating some of the tension built up, patients see an improvement in the movement of the jaw, and tend to put far less pressure on their teeth.
Treating migraines with Botox®
If you regularly occur migraines or tension headaches, botulinum toxin may help. It is important to seek advice from your assigned practitioner beforehand, to ensure that you are not taking medications that are contraindicative to the treatment.
We advise patients who usually take paracetamol and ibuprofen, for example, to stop taking the pills before treatment, as they thin the blood and can mean you are more prone to bruising from the injection point. If this is the case, it usually lasts up to 48 hours and can be disguised with makeup.
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for excessive sweating, and it can be a real bugbear for patients. With frequent injections to the underarm, feet, hands or back, patients can notice a difference after just one session. For those seeking a more lasting fix, we also offer miraDry for hyperhidrosis.
For more information on Botox uses and treatments, or to go through availability for a consultation; please call our team on 0207 034 5999, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.