Understanding Botox and Muscle Relaxing Injections

Understanding Botox and Muscle Relaxing Injections

Botox and other muscle relaxing injections have long been the go-to non-surgical fix for unwanted lines and wrinkles, and are widely renowned for being one of the ‘stand out’ cosmetic treatments to change the way we consider aesthetics in the UK. Popular with celebrities and regular folk alike, injectables like Botox offer effective results without the pain, downtime or the expense associated with traditional cosmetic treatments including surgery. In this article we find out more about injectable anti-ageing treatments like Botox, and ask the opinion of one of Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic’s skin experts, Dr. Mark Hudson-Peacock.

What is Botox?

Botulinum Toxin – or Botox as it is more commonly known – is a muscle relaxing injection that is widely used within the cosmetic industry mainly as an anti-ageing treatment, but it can also be used to prevent excess sweating as well as within to medical procedures too. Muscle relaxing injections are injectable substanstances that temporarily paralyse a patient’s facial muscles (for example in the forehead) making it impossible to crease the skin further. The result is a more youthful-looking face, without undergoing surgery. Perfect for those looking to fight the signs of ageing, Botox offers a fast alternative to invasive anti-ageing treatments, although they cannot replace procedures like facelifts, and do not offer the same results.
Why Is Botox Effective?

Botox freezes the muscles, stopping further lines and wrinkles forming on the face. A combination of overuse of facial muscles and a reduction in collagen production causes lines and wrinkles to develop. Many of us overuse our facial muscles on a daily basis conveying emotion or simply talking, and this overuse of our muscles forces the skin to adapt to the shape the muscles are forming, often resulting in the skin being stretch or creased. This isn’t an issue in our youth as the high levels of collagen present allow our skin to bounce back immediately; however this changes as we get older and the collagen production slows down, making it harder for the skin to bounce back. Botox is effective as an anti-ageing treatment, as it essentially freezes the facial muscles (making it impossible to overuse them) and therefore stops them creasing the skin further.

Why is treatment with Botox so popular?

Botox injections are one of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments worldwide and they do without questionprovide outstanding results for many patients in the right hands. Botox injections offer especially good results when teamed with dermal filler injections. Muscle relaxing injections are perfect for reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles, but also prevent the formation of further signs of ageing forming, whilst dermal fillers can fill in deeper set wrinkles. The combination, offered at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is more popular than ever, as patients seek to reduce existing lines and wrinkles whilst preventing more from forming. All in all Botox is an effective and adaptable anti-ageing cosmetic treatment for millions of people across the world, making it a popular non-surgical option for many.

Professional Opinion

Dr. Mark Hudson-Peacock is our Consultant Dermatologist and Medical Director at Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic, and he had this to say about Botox injection treatment.

“Botox is something of a phenomenon within the cosmetic industry and shows no sign of declining in popularity. Botox offers patients not only the effective anti-ageing results they want, but also gives them a way to invest in their looks and control the result, which many surgical procedures don’t. Botox is much more focused on prevention of signs of ageing, and allows patients to prevent ageing that may develop further down the line. This in some way gives patients control over their ageing process, which I think offers a sense of emotional wellbeing. Botox and injectables like it are great treatments in the right hands, and that’s why I believe patients should only go to trained and qualified professionals for Botox injections. Cosmetic Dermatologist, such as myself, are specifically trained in the workings of the skin and as a result the chances of experiencing risks such as facial muscle and nerve damage should be dramatically lowered.”

Botox can be an affordable, effective solution to the signs of ageing for many, and provides patients with not only immediate results, but also a way to invest in their skin. If you would like more information on Botox injections then book your consultation with Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic today.