What is Botox? Botox is one of the many trade names for the protein called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. For years has this product been used in medical and cosmetic treatments for its muscle relaxant properties. How does it work? Botulinum toxin is a protein that blocks the transmit of nerve signals to the muscles, inhibiting the muscle from contracting and thereby preventing the overlying skin...
What is Dermal Fillers? Dermal fillers are a collagen material made of synthetic or natural substances. It is used for injection in the dermis for the purpose of augmenting soft tissues. Dermal fillers have had a significant rise in their application for aesthetic reasons, namely to help correct skin conditions which develop as a result of ageing such as creases, folds and wrinkles. The principle function of dermal fillers is to reverse...
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What is Botox?
Botox is one of the many trade names for the protein called botulinum toxin that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. For years has this product been used in medical and cosmetic treatments for its muscle relaxant properties.
How does it work?
Botulinum toxin is a protein that blocks the transmit of nerve signals to the muscles, inhibiting the muscle from contracting and thereby preventing the overlying skin from wrinkling causing the lines to relax and soften. It usually takes three to seven days to see an improvement and the effects tend to last from four to six months. Most patients require re-treatment to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear, but after each injection the wrinkles return as less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.
Depending on the concentration of protein used and number of injection sites the effect on the muscle treated can vary from slight relaxed to a total frozen state. As a result a natural softening to a total outstretching of the lines can be achieved.
In addition to the above, Botox treatment has shown effective in treating excessive sweating and bruxism. These procedures use a small amount of diluted botulinum toxin that enables controlled weakening of muscles.
In addition to cosmetic use, Botox is used to treat cervical dystonia, writer’s cramp, excessive sweating, achalasia (an esophagus problem), chronic pain, neuropathy, and migraine headaches. For people with overactive bladders, Botox can improve their quality of life, say researchers from King’s College London School of Medicine, London, England. Botox administered to the bladder is as good as prescribed medications for tackling urinary urgency and twice as effective in eliminating symptoms completely, researchers from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine reported in October 2012. Men with enlarged prostates benefit from Botox injections directly into the prostate, a study at University Medical College, Taiwan found.
Botox is a sterile product that has been produced under strict controlled procedures by well known pharmaceutical companies such as Allergan, Merz and Galderma.
Botulinum toxin injections, such as Botox and Bocouture, are medical treatments that can also be used to help relax facial muscles.
This makes lines and wrinkles, such as crow’s feet and frown lines, less obvious.
When Botox injections is used in this way for cosmetic reasons, they are not available on the NHS. Depending on where you live some treatments for excessive sweating or bruxism might be available through your local NHS. To find out more about this please speak to your GP. At Brighton Botox and Fillers, all out treatments are done privately.
What is Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are a collagen material made of synthetic or natural substances. It is used for injection in the dermis for the purpose of augmenting soft tissues. Dermal fillers have had a significant rise in their application for aesthetic reasons, namely to help correct skin conditions which develop as a result of ageing such as creases, folds and wrinkles.
The principle function of dermal fillers is to reverse negative effects to the skin brought on by ageing, as well as problems with acne scars or misbalanced facial features, among other defects. In other words the main purpose of dermal fillers is to return the skin to its original condition or to reshape certain features. In some cases they can even create an appearance which is more youthful than that achieved in a surgical face operation, such as the undertaking of a face lift to stretch the skin.
A pre-treatment consultation is strongly recommended and should be carried out by a professional to assess the need and carry out a full examination before any treatments are done.
The most common use for dermal fillers has been to increase the volume and size of women’s lips, with many types of dermal filler designed for this function due to the scale of the market. Women are looking to maintain their beauty and not let it lapse during their lifespan, which is why the option of dermal fillers to reverse or even postpone the unappealing signs of ageing is an advantageous choice. However, there are other popular uses of dermal fillers which are beneficial for both men and woman.
Facial lines are quite common due to advanced age and stress. These can also occur as a result of other factors and being include a side-effect of substances used in the body; prescription drugs, for example. Dermal fillers are effective in filling lines and improving facial aesthetics. One of the most common lines able to be filled in both genders is nasolabial lines, which are lines traversing from the nose to the corners of the mouth. These are commonly called smile or frown lines.
Wrinkles are an equally common condition which can be treated, and these include forehead wrinkles and wrinkles around the eyes, more commonly referred to as “crow’s feet”. Other commonly treated skin conditions are weak and sunken cheeks, acne scars and regular scars, and varicose veins in aged skin. Generally, the lines, wrinkles and folds able to be treated by the application of dermal fillers are lip lines, tear troughs (tired, baggy eyes), marionette lines (mouth to chin), frown lines, crow’s feet (around the eye), and nasolabial lines (nose to mouth).
Other applications can be classified under skin rejuvenation or contouring and enhancement. For rejuvenation the various parts that can be treated include the face, neck and the back of the hands. Contouring and enhancement include eyebrow reshaping, chin enhancement, cheek sculpting for sunken cheeks, shaping saggy jowls, turning up the mouth corners, nose contouring and lip enhancement.
Should you desire to have fillers on the upper regions of the face, the general recommendation is that fillers should be used in conjunction with muscle relaxant injections. There are a wide variety of conditions which can be treated by dermal fillers, and these include larger skin defects in the rest of the body.