In the realm of cosmetic treatments, Botox – when administered by a licensed medical doctor or dentist – is one of the most effective methods in use today to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It is for this reason that everyone; from your favorite Hollywood stars, to the average Englishman, are using Botox injections to paralyze their facial muscles and banish the fine lines of age and worry to things of the past. Additionally, Botox also has some very practical uses (not to suggest that cosmetic effects aren’t practical); it effectively combats chronic migraines and helps people who sweat profusely. Dr Andrew Bruce an experienced Botox dental practitioner in Glasgow, explains further :
Backstreet Botox Injections: A Growing Problem
Unlicensed Botox practitioners have been a problem in the UK for almost a decade now, when the first prominent cases of mishaps came to the limelight back in 2006. Four people were admitted to hospital with severe botulism poison, as a result of Botox treatments gone bad. In fact, this is hardly just a UK phenomenon, as Vancouver, Canada has had some serious consequences resulting from unlicensed people administering Botox to unsuspecting patients. Many of them use false titles such as Dr. to make their practice seem more legit; but a cursory search will almost always expose them as frauds.
The injections had been administered by unlicensed practitioners, and the consequences were almost fatal. Botulism is actually one of the most poisonous substances known to man, which is why the prescribed substance manufactured by pharmaceutical companies is recommended for use only under the guidance of doctors or dentists. In fact, without emergency support services such as ventilators and antidotes, the results of botulism are often fatal – even in cases where the person recovers, month-long hospital stays are common.
Serious Physical Consequences
The cases above inspired a crackdown by British authorities, and the resulting investigations revealed some surprising information: beauty clinics were being used by these unlicensed, backdoor practitioners to administer Botox of poor-grade. Although less serious than the near-death experiences of some, many people who don’t opt for a legitimate dentist or doctor end up with disfigurement, as well as the psychological shock of having the wrong muscles of their face paralyzed.
What to Expect from Legitimate Botox Treatments
When done correctly by a licensed dentist, Botox can work physical wonders. The process is almost entirely dependent on having the right equipment, knowledge, skill and source of botulism, as the human body can take only extremely small doses due to the drug’s potency.
First, the high-grade botulinum toxin is mixed in saline solution to dilute it further. Next, it’s injected into the neuromuscular tissue, where it can take anywhere between one and three days for the plumping effects to be noticeable – it erases wrinkles almost completely, and when used in lip filling, plumps them up to the desired fullness. The latter depends on the doctor’s skill, of course.
When used as a lip filler, Botox or for the reduction of facial wrinkles, Botox can have temporary side effects such as eyelid dropping and bruising. These can be minimized by following the instructions of your dentist during the consultation before the cosmetic surgery. You shouldn’t drink alcohol for a week before the surgery; nor should you take any NSAIDs such as aspirin. The latter is especially important for those who want to avoid or minimize the bruising associated with this type of procedure. Less frequently, headaches that subside within about a day are side effects for some people. WebMD provides a short list of directions regarding the pre-Botox phase; your dentist or doctor will give you everything you need to know.
As for the longevity of the treatment, there’s some research that shows Botox is capable of enhancing your skin’s elasticity for up to four months – however, it isn’t unheard of for this to be as long as a full year. In response to the success of properly-administered treatments, the cosmetic procedure rose 700 percent from the year 2000 to 2013, where over six million – and growing – people today use it.
It’s important to know why Botox works: it paralyzes the muscles, which stops signals from being relayed. Because the primary ingredient is a very deadly poison, it is unwise to receive Botox injections from anyone other than a licensed, practicing dentist or doctor. Failing to do this can result in death or a very long hospital stay – in cases where life support is expedient and an antidote is administered quickly.
More than just a cosmetic treatment, Botox is also used by doctors to treat issues such as uncontrollable blinking, chronic migraines, profuse sweating and strabismus. However, the primary use (as the explosive growth in the UK the past few years indicates) is for cosmetic purposes. This is one treatment that you do not want to take a shortcut on – see a professional with the correct qualifications for your Botox treatment.