Most of the popular media coverage around Botox is one-dimensional. It concentrates on celebrity, frozen faces and extremes in treatments that do not reflect the reality very much at all. In fact, in the right hands, Botox is a very effective anti-ageing treatment that can have far-reaching physical and psychological effects.

With that in mind, we have put together these five facts about Botox.

What is Botox?

Botox is made from Botulinum Toxin Type A, one of 7 proteins (A-G) derived from Botulism. It was first used for therapeutic purposes in the 1960s as a muscle relaxant to treat uncontrolled blinking. It is now licensed in over 85 countries and has over 20 therapeutic uses.

How does it help fight ageing?

By relaxing muscles, Botox helps reduce wrinkles and soften lines. It also reduces the formation of skin lines by relaxing the muscles that cause them. All without reducing facial expression or causing frozen faces!

The procedure is safe and almost undetectable when performed by a qualified practitioner. Here at Aesthetic Family Dentistry, we are qualified and experienced in administering Botox with hundreds of successful procedures behind us.

Botox is safe

In the right hands, Botox is perfectly safe. While it may be derived from a virus, it is one of the safest drugs licensed by the FDA and has been for almost 15 years. A commentator once said, the average American would have to remortgage their house to buy enough Botox to be fatal.

There are over 6 million Botox treatments undertaken each year in America alone. There have also been more than 4,000 research papers published on the product. All indicate that performed correctly, Botox treatments pose no health risk to patients.