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BOTOX – MYTHS AND FACTS

Botox is one of the most recognised brand names for Botulinum Toxin, Type A. Ever since this product came into being, it has been the topic of much controversy. An absolute must for some people, but also an absolute no-no for others – and this is largely down to the negative myths that have come into circulation, causing some uncertainty around whether or not to undergo the use of this product in a medical or aesthetic procedure.

Dentelle Aesthetic Skin Solutions is a leading provider of ‘BOTOX’ treatments in Solihull, and the team would like to put your mind at ease regarding the myths and facts that surround this much talked about product.

It is often thought that this is a treatment that will completely erase all lines and wrinkles that appear on the face.
The reality is, it’s effective on facial lines that appear where muscle movement is a factor of the wrinkle’s development, as it works by blocking the signals the nerve sends to the muscles, relaxing their movements. These include: forehead lines, frown lines and crow’s feet.

It has developed a reputation for being just a cosmetic treatment, and only for women.

Whilst the cosmetic / aesthetic uses are great, there are many medical uses to be had from this product too. Conditions such as excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis), eye spasms, bladder spasms, tooth grinding and migraines have all reported successful outcomes after treatment. Studies also suggest that 1 in every 10 people who undergo a procedure of this kind, is male. After all, looking and feeling good is something that we all want, regardless of gender.

Some people believe that ‘BOTOX’ and fillers are “the same thing”.

In fact, they are very different, serving two very different purposes. The confusion probably comes from the fact that they are both injectable treatments. Where (when used aesthetically) ‘BOTOX’ relaxes muscles to pause the development of wrinkles (effective from the eyes up), Fillers replace lost volume to plump out the skin (effective from the eyes down).

Another preconception is that ‘BOTOX’ will freeze your face and prevent you from performing certain facial expressions.

This treatment should NOT freeze your face. When performed by one of Solihull’s finest professional injectors, at Dentelle Aesthetic Skin Solutions, the right amount will be administered in order to reduce the signs of ageing and for you to continue using your face as normal – including being able to make natural facial expressions.

Is it true that ‘BOTOX’ can give you Botulism (a type of food poisoning)?

Botulism is a rare illness spread by food, and is caused by a toxin that affects the nerves in your body. The bacteria from this disease produces a protein called Botulinum Toxin. But don’t be alarmed. The dosage used in the aesthetic treatments is so low that it stays local to the muscle in which it was applied. Therefore, it can not enter the bloodstream and spread to other muscles. This product is approved by medical professionals – achieving FDA approval, and is deemed totally safe.

So to end, Botulinum Toxin injections are not a treatment to be fearful of. There are many benefits, both aesthetically and medically, providing many people with safe and effective solutions for a variety of conditions. Through all the controversy, it remains one of the most popular treatments and very much in demand.

At Dentelle Aesthetic Skin Solutions in Solihull, we always ensure that a full assessment of the patient is carried out through a thorough in depth consultation. This is so that we can assess your individual needs, and put forward an appropriate solution for you – one that may, or may not enlist the use of our friend, Botulinum Toxin. It is important to note that Botulinum Toxin is a prescription only medicine, and should therefore only be prescribed and administered by a Prescribing Nurse, Doctor or Dentist.


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