Botox! Good, Bad or Poison?

By Phil / March 14th, 2012


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It can evoke diverse reactions and even cause heated debates. Is it good, bad or a poison?

Maybe this is because Botox® has had a colourful life of its own. The original source was responsible for an outbreak of food poisoning – the fiasco was of quite severe nature. The original source was hailed as one of the most powerful toxins in the world and considered for biochemical warfare.

It was purified and after a long time in the lab it was used in medicine and its therapeutic benefits discovered.

Botox® is used for a wide variety of treatments such as squint (stabismus) , uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm) and Upper Motor Neurone Syndrome.

The application of Botox® is similar for all treatments. Botox® can work on over-contracted muscles. They are weakened and lengthen.

In cosmetic applications we have been seeing this market grow year on year as people see the benefits. Why?.. because the treatment really works.

It reduces wrinkles greatly by weakening the muscle just so far that the skin doesn’t crease up so much so that lines form from repetitive expression. Expression is still possible but not so much that lines form permanently.

Think of an artist drawing a 20 year old. Now add a few lines to age that person. This is one way our faces show signs of ageing. Botox® can prevent the lines.

Over 100 years on and this anti-ageing miracle has broken out of the lab and onto a glossy platform. It has no bias. Its clients are from all backgrounds, all ethnic origins, both sexes. It is the choice treatment for many from all socio-economic backgrounds.

In the safe hands of Aesthetic Practitioners at Cherrybank Dental Spa – we can use Botox® in Perth or Edinburgh for:

  • Lines between the eyebrows
  • Crows feet or laughter lines
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Treatment to the chin to reduce the ‘golf ball’ like dimpling
  • Hyperhydrosis for excessive underarm sweating
  • Nasal tip lift- ever notice the tip of your nose moving as you talk?
  • Migraine treatment
  • Teeth grinding treatment
  • Muscle reduction at the jaw bone area- resulting in a slimmer lower face appearance

We offer complimentary Botox consultations in Edinburgh. If you have any enquiries or would like to book, please get in touch.

All questions or opinions welcome in the comments section below!

Last updated May 2nd, 2018