Thinking of Botox? Here's what you need to know, according to a Doctor

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Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein secreted by a bacteria called clostridium botululinum. It causes paralysis of muscles by preventing the secretion of a neurotransmitter. It is used medically to treat muscle spasticity i.e. overactive muscles. It is also used aesthetically to prevent wrinkles (deep imprinted lines) by the effect of relaxing the muscles that crease the skin. After the age of 30 volume and thickness of facial skin decreases enabling folding and creasing to be caused by muscles, causing wrinkling. It is very safe in the right hands however there can be serious side effects from its use including temporary partial facial paralysis/ muscle weakness. Rarely allergic reactions may occur.

What You'll Need

  • An accredited medical professional with a botox qualification, who has indemnity.

What You'll Do

  • Look up their professional regulations and ask to see their indemnity and ask how many clients they have done.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always do your research to make sure you are seeing a reputable physician. I would recommend ensuring that your practitioner has certification in botox, is a medical professional with a solid grounding in facial anatomy (think dentist, maxillo-facial surgeon, plastic surgeon, anaesthetist). I would suggest asking how many patients they have done the procedure on. I would also ensure that they are registered with a professional organization such as the GMC/ DMC and have indemnity.
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