While you may never have considered having some form of cosmetic treatment, you will surely have heard of Botox?
This is a non-intrusive and non-surgical treatment that counteracts the visual impact of the ageing process, by creates smoother skin and easing the appearance of wrinkles.
For those who are interested in using Botox, however, it is important that you understand the treatment and the impact that it has on your body before making a commitment.
In this article, we will explore this is detail and hep you to make an informed decision as you consider which treatment option to pursue.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox relies on the Botulinum Type A toxin to achieve your desired objectives, which originally comes in powder form before being diluted with saline to make it injectable. Interestingly, the process of adding saline also serves to water down the final solution, stripping it of any noxious qualities that it may possess.
The Botox liquid is then injected into your designated treatment areas, and kicks into action within a matter of minutes. During this time, it gets to work by blocking nerve transmissions into the affected muscles, effectively freezing them and preventing them from contracting. So while the brain continues to transmit messages to individual muscle groups, Botox blocks the synapses within the nerves and minimise movement.
As the muscles are unable to contract, they subsequently relax and the appearance of your skin will begin to soften as a result. The treatment also prevents new wrinkles from forming, so it helps you to achieve a more youthful look over time.
What Other Impact Will Botox have on Your Body?
The great thing about Botox is that the effect of the treatment remains localised, as the toxin stays where it was originally injected and does not roam through the body. In fact, the toxin cannot migrate any further than 3cm from where it was injected, which prevents any kind of systemic effect from taking hold throughout your body. Even if some molecules were to enter the bloodstream following treatment, the cosmetic doses used in Botox (typically 50 units) is considerably lower than a potentially harmful dose (between 2,500 and 3,000 units).
Once you have been injected with Botox, you will notice that your individual treatment areas do not go numb. Each injection site could well become red or bruised, although this type of physical mark is likely to fade within an hour or so. Similarly, you may find that injection site and the area around it become swollen immediately after the treatment (due to the combination of Botox and saline), but that type of bump should disappear within an hour. In terms of residual swelling, this is likely to be more noticeable and could take several hours to fade.
Interestingly, the risk of bruising and swelling can be minimised by partnering with a skilled and reputable practitioner. This is because the techniques used to inject Botox will impact directly on the final results, which is why Refined and Radiant Aesthetics have emerged as one of the best choice for Botox in Leeds!
Most importantly, after a period of up to 14 days, you should find yourself with noticeably smoother and younger-looking skin. After several courses of treatment, you will also find that fewer wrinkles are formed on your skin, enabling you to achieve the younger aesthetic in a natural and unharmful way!