A guide to Botox for wrinkle reduction
The speed and effectiveness of Botox injections has made the term a household name in recent years. Those seeking to smooth out wrinkles without going under the knife are understandably tempted by the promise of a treatment that can be administered without surgery and in their lunch hour. But how effective is Botox? Just how long does it last? And, umm, what exactly is it made of? We’ve taken some of the most commonly asked questions to give you the lowdown on the treatment and how Botox injections can make you look younger.
What is Botox?
Botox is a trade name for botulinium toxin, a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinium. Phew! So that’s the scientific description over and done with, but what does that actually mean? Well, scientists discovered several years ago that although Botox is a toxin, when used in diluted small amounts it has cosmetic and medicinal benefits, including remedying muscle spasms.
How does Botox work?
Botox works by blocking chemical receptors that cause muscles to contract, without damaging the nerves. So, essentially, those muscles become frozen and relaxed.
How can Botox injections make you look younger?
Because it doesn’t require going under the knife, the popularity of Botox in the beauty industry has increased considerably in recent years. It has a range of cosmetic uses, including softening frown lines, smoothing out wrinkles, and reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and other lines caused by the repeated movement of facial muscles over time.
How is the treatment given?
When used for cosmetic treatments, Botox is injected into affected areas during a very quick process (anywhere from several minutes to an hour) that doesn’t require anaesthetic. This makes it a popular alternative to cosmetic surgery as it has minimal ‘down time’ after treatment and the effects can be seen almost immediately.
How long does Botox last?
A Botox injection can take about two to five days to fully start working, and the effects can last anywhere from around six weeks to four months. After this time the muscles will regain their movement, but repeat treatments can then be given to restore the effects.
Where can I get Botox treatments?
There are many cosmetic clinics in Australia that offer Botox injections and other non-surgical wrinkle-reduction procedures. The key is to shop around and find a practitioner you are comfortable with and a price you are happy to pay. Discover the latest coupons and deals for Botox injections.
What else can it be used for?
Aside from the fact Botox injections can make you look younger, they can also be used to treat other conditions, including excessive sweating, incontinence, chronic pain and cramps. Researchers are also trialling Botox as a treatment for asthma and hayfever.
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