What is Botox? Hertford Dental Care Explains

Botox is by far the most popular facial aesthetic treatment around with around 6 million treatments being conducted every year.

Botox works by paralysing the underlying muscles where it is administered and as such it reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

botox-treatmentsIf people suffer from excessive sweating, muscular disorders, migraines and some bowel and bladder disorders, Botox can also be used medically to treat this.

Botox (also known as botulinum toxin type A) is made from the bacteria that causes botulism. Botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity.

The cosmetic use of Botox has skyrocketed in recent years as many people use it to boost their confidence and to reduce the onset of wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet.

What does the treatment involve?

The procedure is administered by injection to the area being treated, e.g the forehead. There is no real healing period or recovery time needed post treatment, but it is important to note that there can be side effects associated with Botox, which should be discussed before the procedure. It is common for people to experience some slight bruising and swelling directly after the treatment because of the needle, but this can be covered up by makeup. There are no long-term side effects associated with having these kind of injections, meaning that patients can resume their normal activities straight away, and are also able to fly post treatment.

Botox is not a permanent treatment and generally the effects last up to 3-4 months. Because it is quite a fast and effective treatment, as it is a non-surgical treatment it does not require the patient to have anaesthetic. The benefit of having this treatment done by dentists is that they have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the facial aesthetics and anatomy and can perform this kind of subtle work in a professional environment with an attentive manner.

Botox In Hertford

If you are interested in getting Botox in Hertford, where our practice is based, please feel free to call and request a free consultation where we can speak with you in more detail about the available options.