How long has Botox been available?
Botulinum Toxin has been around since the 1980’s when it was first used for facial muscle spasms and crossed eyes (strabismus). Doctors have used Botulinum Toxin type A in medical practice ever since for treatment of muscle spasticity in conditions such as cerebral palsy, dystonia and facial spasms. It is also used to improve overactive bladders by Urologists, headaches such as migraines when areas in the upper part of the face are treated and also hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating).
In February 2006, a licence was given for the use of Botox for some cosmetic treatments. Since then it has been rebranded as Vistabel. Shortly after Galderma launched Azzalure in the UK. In 2010, Mertz licensed Bocouture for use in select cosmetic treatments in the UK. Botulinum Toxins have been used for cosmetic use to treat areas of the face within and off ‘licence’ safely for over 20 years.
How does Botox Work?
Botulinum Toxin Type A attaches to receptors on the muscle cells. These receptors are then prevented from receiving signals from the nerve cells. This signal is Acetylcholine and this is what causes the muscles to contract. The action of Botulinum Toxin is never permanent and wears off after 3 to 4 months.
Facial lines are caused by repeated use of the facial muscles of expression such as squinting and frowning. Therefore reducing the amount of facial muscle movement causes lines to be softened.
Is Botox Safe?
Data shows treatments are safe with a few short term side effects such as minimal bruising at the injection sites and minor headaches which are short-lived. Some people worry that Botox may be dangerous, however, administered in the correct manner by a skilled medical professional carries very little risk.
Brands of Botulinum Toxin Type A
There are several brands of Botulinum Toxin available on prescription in the UK:
- Botox and Vistabel manufactured by Allergan
- Dysport manufactured by Ipsen
- Azzalure manufactured by Galderma (the same as Dysport but comes in lower dose vials for cosmetic use)
- Xeomin and Bocouture manufactured by Merz
Which brands of Botulinum Toxin do the specialists at Cheshire Lasers use?
At Cheshire Lasers Dr Teri uses Botox, Azzalure and the Bocouture brands.
Moira Grobicki uses Bocouture and Botox brands.
Patricia Goodwin uses Azzalure.
Dr Priyanka uses Botox.