What is Botox and how does it work?

There are many different factors that affect our appearance as the years pass us by. Due to advances in technology, there are now many different treatments and procedures which can help slow down the effects that the ageing process can have on our appearance. Most of us have heard of Botox Dublin but, even though you know that it is used by all the celebrities to help them look younger, you might not know what it is or how it works.

Botox is derived from clostridium bacteria and is the brand name for botulinum toxin type A. It is a powerful toxin that has been repurposed so that it is unable to harm your body. It was approved for use in cosmetic dermatology in 2002, although it has been used for many decades before this. Since then, there has been much research to show that, when administered by an approved practitioner, Botox is safe to use for your skin. It is now a highly popular cosmetic procedure that is widely used for cosmetic facial rejuvenation.


The science behind Botox

There is a lot of science behind the functioning of Botox. It works by preventing the transmission of acetylcholine which is a neurotransmitter that helps your muscles to contract. Botox is used in localised parts of the body, in controlled situations to target specific nerves and muscles and prevent acetylcholine from being released. So, the target muscles, for example, those around your mouth that help you smile or frown, will no longer work. This prevents the formation of wrinkles.

When your skin gets squashed together due to underlying muscle contractions, the elastic nature of the skin weakens over time and, with age, this can cause visible lines to form across your skin which may not disappear when you relax your face. Botox is used to target muscles in the face, including around your mouth, eyes and across your forehead, to stop them from contracting at all so that when you talk or make expressions with your face, it prevents the formation of visible lines, also known as wrinkles and crow’s feet.


Botox injections

Botox is administered in the form of injections and can only be carried out under the supervision of an approved practitioner for your safety. An approved practitioner of Botox will be able to administer the injections for you and the process itself is complete within approximately 20 minutes. The procedure is carried out by directly injecting the solution into specific areas of your face according to your requirements. This is usually an experience with very little discomfort. Botox can help restore youthfulness and vitality and can help boost your self-esteem.

The side effects of Botox, which are very rare, include slight swelling or bruising at the site of the injection. Botox is not a permanent solution for wrinkles or crow’s feet. The results last for a few months and vary from person to person so you can book an appointment for Botox injections every 4 to 6 months. The advantage of this is that if you are unhappy with the results, then they will disappear soon.

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