We all want to look our best as we look older, but sadly there’s no stopping Father Time as we all start to get little wrinkles here and there. Although there’s no physical way to stop the ageing process, there are options to limit its effects aesthetically. One particular treatment patients try is Botox.
Here’s a brief outline of why we’re seeing more people coming in for Botox in Clapham and why you might want to consider it.
What is it?
Everyone at some point has heard of this treatment, whether it’s in movies, TV or following the tweets of a celebrity, it’s a fairly common practice. But, for those that have never heard of it the procedure involves using a series of injected chemicals to remedy a number of facial issues.
Although it’s mostly used to reduce wrinkles, it can also be used by your dentist to treat bruxism, problems with the lip line, clenching, hypertrophy and a range of other dental diseases. Because of this it’s becoming a fairly common choice of treatment at a number of practices.
What does the treatment involve?
When you first come in for a procedure our talented Clapham South Dental Centre team will take you through everything you need to know about your treatment. We will make sure you feel comfortable and safe throughout the entire process. After explaining how the treatment will work and what’s to be expected you will then have a series of injections put into your facial muscles.
These chemicals will then attach to the nerve endings that control these parts of your face and over a few days the signals to these areas that cause muscle contractions will be blocked. Since it’s the motor neurons that are blocked you still will be able to feel the area. These signals will continue to be blocked for around four months or so, at which point you may need to come back in for a top-up.
Advice after treatment
After you have left your appointment for Botox in Clapham here are a couple bits of advice we have for you. The most important is that there is a small chance the chemicals can spread through your body, the signs of this are urinary incontinence, problems with breathing, swallowing and muscle weakness. If any of these signs appear then you need to contact medical help immediately before your symptoms worsen.
There is also a chance you could build up an immunity to the substance, this can happen if you receive too many repeat high doses. If this is the case, you may be offered a different form of treatment to achieve the same kind of results. So, try to get used to the injections to make it a little easier on yourself.
Hopefully this has helped clear up a few facts about this treatment. If you think you might qualify for it or are interested in seeing if it’s worth your time, then try asking your dentist on your next appointment at our practice.