What’s facial aesthetics and how does it work?

botoxWhat is Facial aesthetics?

Facial aesthetics for wrinkle softening is commonly called botox. You may have read about it or know someone who has had it. If you’re looking for more info about it you’ve found the right place.

There are many brands available that contain the same key product. The ingredient is a neurotoxin protein that is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

There are 2 types: Botulinum toxin type A and type B. It has been used in medicine for many years for example treating upper motor neurone syndrome; hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating); chronic migraine and bruxism; bladder and bowel disorders; as well as widely used in cosmetic treatments.

Botulinum toxin is commonly used for reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines.

In order for your muscles to contract the nerve endings release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) at the junction the nerve endings meet the muscle. This neurotransmitter causes the muscle to contract.

When injected in small amounts in facial muscles, botulinum toxin works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching the muscles. The muscle therefore cannot contract and stays relaxed thereby reducing the skin wrinkle occurring.

How is botulinum treatment done?

Botulinum toxin is administered buy diluting the powder with a saline solution. The solution is then injected directly into the muscle. It takes a few days for the muscle to relax and by the 2nd week it will be at maximum affect. The effects can last for 3-5 months depending on each case. This type of treatment softens the wrinkles.

Dr Rashid has been providing this treatment for 10 years. He has considerable training and expertise in facial muscles and injection techniques. We believe a natural look is best, where there is some movement of the muscles so you can still have facial expression.

Come back for more info on our new series of facial wrinkle softening. If you are interested why not give us a call on 01252 723 008 for a consultation?

We look forward to seeing you.- The Time Dental team