Aesthetics gets defined in the dictionary as follows: The study of the mind and emotions in relation to the sense of beauty. This is actually a very true description as the main aim of aesthetic medicine is to make you look younger and more beautiful but the secondary gain that you get from it is that your mind and emotions are also in a very good place.
Not only do you look beautiful but you feel beautiful too – and that is a very powerful combination.
Facial injections (commercially marketed as Botox) is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium, Clostridium Botilinum and related species. It is widely used in cosmetic treatments.
In cosmetic applications, injection of botulinum toxin (Botox) can be used to prevent development of wrinkles by temporarily paralysing facial muscles. Following treatment, results are usually seen within 3–5 days, however it can take up to 2 weeks to see full results. When injected in small amounts, it can effectively weaken a muscle for a period of three to four months.
Botulinum toxin types A and B are also used in medicine for:
- cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis)
- blepharospasm, uncontrolled muscle contraction or twitch of the eyelid
- severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis, a condition of excessive sweating
- chronic migraine
- strabismus, improper alignment of the eyes
Other adult uses of botulinum toxin type A include: oesophageal achalasia, teeth grinding/jaw clenching – by injection into masticating muscles, vaginusmus to reduce spasm of the vaginal muscles, movement disorders associated with injury or disease of the central nervous system, focal dystonias affecting the limbs, face, jaw, or vocal cords. Uses of botulinum toxin type A in children include: muscle spasms in cerebral palsy and incontinence.
Botox can be injected into humans in extremely small concentrations and works by preventing signals from the nerve cells reaching muscles, effectively leaving the muscles without instructions to contract, and therefore paralysing them. In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger, acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. The acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract or shorten. Injected Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine, preventing contraction of the muscle cells. The effect of botulinum toxin causes a reduction in abnormal muscle contraction allowing the muscles to become less stiff.
At Well Family Practice, Dr Aspeling only uses Botulinum toxin for cosmetics. It is charged at R60 per unit and that includes the consultation, consumables used and the injections itself. Please call us to make a booking to have Botox injections done and you will be one step closer to being a younger, happier and more beautiful version of yourself.