What Exactly is Botox and How Does it Work?


Botox is one of the most popular beauty treatments currently being carried out, with thousands of people each year deciding to have it done. Although it is often classified as cosmetic surgery, this is not entirely accurate. It would be better described as a non surgical cosmetic procedure.

Botox is in fact a toxin which is produced by a type of bacteria called clostridium botulinum. To be precise, it is a neuro toxin and can be used to inhibit the action of muscles within our body. It works by stopping the nerve transmission to the muscle which is what is required for the muscle to contract. If this nerve impulse is inhibited, so the muscle will no longer function.

What can Botox be used to treat?

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What can Botox be used to treat? Image by belladonnamedspa.net

The most common use of Botox is to improve cosmetic appearance of people’s faces but it does in fact have many other uses which are as follows:

  • Strabismus (squint): This refers to a turn in the eye which is first noticed in children. Botox can help to straighten the eye and improve the appearance.
  • Migraines:Botox has been found to be useful in treating certain instances of severe migraines and headaches.
  • Excessive sweating: Botox can be used on people who suffer from excessive sweating of both the armpits and feet.
  • Cervical dystonia: Botox can help treat this condition, which is a neuromuscular problem of the back and neck.
  • Cosmetic appearance of the face: This is the most common use of Botox and helps to improve the appearance of frown lines on the forehead and “crow’s feet” around the eyes. It does this by relaxing the muscles which cause these wrinkles to appear.

How long will Botox injections last for?

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It is generally advised not to have repeat Botox within six months of first having an injection. Image by vucare.com

This can vary from one person to the next, but on average, the cosmetic effects of Botox can last up to four months. From first having the Botox injection, most people will first notice an improvement in their cosmetic appearance after about one week later. It is generally advised not to have repeat Botox within six months of first having an injection.

What does Botox normally cost?

The cost of Botox varies widely from one clinic to another but the cheapest price one could expect to pay is around £100 for one treatment. Clinics often have special offers, where they may do (for example) three areas on the face for the price of two. Botox can vary in price depending on the area of your face being treated and also on the amount of Botox required. If, for example, your forehead has profound wrinkles, your practitioner may suggest an increased dosage of Botox which will put the cost of the treatment up.

The place where you have the Botox is also likely to increase the cost. For example, Botox in Manchester and London is likely to be higher than in a smaller town. Choosing an experienced practitioner with a good reputation is likely to incur a higher charge but the results of your treatment are likely to be better.


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