Among the most popular beauty and anti-ageing treatments is Botox. This simple procedure is carried out by qualified persons many thousands of times a day. But what is Botox, how does it work, and what does treatment involve? These are questions we will answer in the short article that follows, so let’s start by explaining what Botox is.
What is Botox?
First, the Botox procedure is always carried out by qualified and experienced personnel at a clinic such as Botox Montreal – Face MD who are long-established practitioners. So, Botox, here’s what it is, and it is quite scary.
Botox is a trade name – note the capital ‘B’ – for Botulinum Toxin. That’s right, we did say toxin! This is a toxin, or poison, which is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. It is the bacteria that causes the infection botulism which while rare, can be very serious.
Now, here’s the fun bit: Botulinum Toxin – Botox – is actually just about the deadliest poison known to man. A small amount could in fact wipe us all out. So why do people have it willingly injected into them? That brings us to the next part which is about the safety of Botox.
Is Botox Safe?
The answer is yes, Botox is safe for the purpose despite being a deadly toxin. The reason for this is that the amount injected in the Botox procedure is so minute as to be barely existent. However, it is enough to the job.
Botulinum Toxin in its raw form would, if ingested or injected, cut off the nerve receptors in the body that the brain uses to tell muscles – and other organs – to do their job. In other words, it would paralyse everything, leading to almost certain death.
However, the microscopic amount injected into the face where the treatment is needed is enough to temporarily paralyse the muscles in that area. The result is that with the muscles no longer moving, the skin tightens over them, hence when normal service resumes those lines and wrinkles will effectively be ironed out.
What Should I Expect?
Now that we know how Botox works we should tell you a little bit about what to expect if this is to be your first time. Be assured that the clinician performing the procedure will do all they can to make you comfortable. The Botox is administered by a small injection under the skin. Some patients feel a bit of pain, others nothing at all, but either way it is momentary. As the Botox takes effect you will feel a strange sensation of perhaps numbness in the face. This will fade quite quickly.
If we tell you that many people take a Botox procedure during their lunch break and are back at work immediately afterwards it’s easier to see how simple and quick the entire routine can be. Problems with Botox and aftereffects are rare, but your practitioner will give advice on what should happen in the days after you have undergone a Botox procedure. So, how long does Botox last?
Is Botox Permanent?
Botox has a temporary effect that can last different lengths of time depending upon the individual. The usual period the effect remains is generally between 4 to 6 months. As a harmless and quick procedure there is no limit to how many times you can visit your Montreal Botox clinic and get rid of those ugly lines and wrinkles!
We hope this article has helped you understand more about Botox and how it works, and also reassured you that it is a perfectly safe and commonplace cosmetic procedure.