The Basics of Botox

Woman having botox injectionGetting older often means facing new and sometimes unexpected challenges as the body starts showing signs of wear and tear. One such sign that everyone expects is wrinkles. Thankfully there are non-surgical cosmetic treatments available that can smooth out the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. These treatments fall under the umbrella of facial aesthetics, with one of the most popular treatments being Botox.

Botox is increasingly available at dental practices across the UK. In Stanmore, Botox is provided by highly trained dentists such as those at Centre of Dental Excellence.

Why choose to have Botox done by a dentist?

Although the bread and butter of dentistry are taking care of patients’ oral health, dentists spend years learning about much more than just teeth. During their extensive training, dentists learn all about the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves of the face. They also spend countless hours learning how to carefully and precisely carry out dental treatments, which often involve administering injections. Collectively, this makes dentists well placed to carry out facial aesthetics treatments, such as Botox in Stanmore.

What is Botox?

Whether patients choose to get Botox in Stanmore or elsewhere in the UK, the basics of the procedure are the same. A drug based on a substance made by bacteria called botulinum toxin type A is injected into the face using fine needles. This toxin stops the signals that are sent along nerves to certain muscles in the face, specifically the muscles that cause wrinkles. The end result is that these muscles relax, over the course of a week or two, softening wrinkles and fine lines.

How long does Botox last?

Botox is not a permanent treatment. It lasts for about four months, with most patients going in for top-up treatments after about three months when the effects first start to fade.

Are there any side effects of Botox?

Side effects are uncommon when Botox is administered by a trained professional. However, on rare occasions, patients may experience a feeling of heavy headedness, drooping of the eyelids or an allergic reaction. Dentists trained in Botox in Stanmore will know how to treat these side effects safely and effectively.