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A guide on Botox

Are you thinking about getting Botox, but aren’t sure if it’s right for you? You aren’t alone, opting for any cosmetic procedure is a big step and it can leave people going back and forth. It’s important you have a good understanding of what the product is and how it will serve you, so here’s a guide on Botox Kent.

What is Botox?

Botox is short for Botulinum toxin, it’s a neurotoxic protein which is made through a bacteria called clostridium. This bacteria stops the neurotransmitters sending messages through nerves to the body’s muscles which consequently causes a type of paralysis. Of course, that all sounds very scientific. Essentially Botox is a substance that releases a chemical into the skin which causes it to freeze in a relaxed position giving the appearance of younger looking skin.

What is Botox used for?

Primarily Botox has been used for those wanting to create a younger look. Through the relaxing of the facial muscles it is able to take away the signs of wrinkles and fine lines. Most commonly this is used around the eyes, forehead and lips. Botox has taken on another form in the medication of over sweating. Botox can be injected into areas of high levels of sweat such as the armpits, hands or feet to paralyse the sweat glands and cure excessive sweating. Botox is also used for the treatment of some eye disorders and for those who are suffering with migraines.

How is Botox applied?

For most procedures whether it be anti-wrinkle or medical migraine treatment Botox will be injected directly into the site using a needle. This will be a very quick process depending on the treatment, only taking around twenty to fifteen minutes. There’s no need for any local anaesthetic and the discomfort should be very minimal.

There are now creams and gels readily available on the market for people wanting to bring Botox into their daily routine. These gels claim to help aid anti-ageing and can in some cases give the appearance of plumper lips.


If you’re having Botox injected for cosmetic reasons it’s highly unlikely you’ll take much recovery time at all. For the most part you just need to avoid touching the injected area or causing any major blood flow and so avoiding exercise, saunas and steam rooms is highly recommended in the first few days.

You may well see some redness and swelling in the week or so following the injections, but this should subside relatively quickly.

How long does it last?

This will be impacted by the individual and their own skin type. Some people just naturally lose the Botox from the body quicker than others. As a general rule you’ll be looking from between six to nine months before you might want to look at getting a top up done.

Are there any downsides?

Botox is very safe to use and hardly anyone experiences any major side effects. Of course there can be risks and side effects include: fever, chills, headache, pain, drooping eyelids, dry eyes and excessive tearing. Again to stress these are very unlikely to occur.