What is Botox?

You will find on our website a wide range of botox related services and, if you are planning on having any of these procedures, it is a good idea to have an understanding of what botox is.

 Botox is the trading name of the protein and neurotoxin known in the medical field as the Botulinum Toxin.

 History:

 – 1897 – Emile van Ermengem found the producer of the botulinum toxin:Clostridium botulinum baterium.

– 1949 – In an experiment, Arnold Burgen’s group found that that botulinum toxin blocks neuromuscular transmission.

– 1960 – the year when an ophthalmologist from San Francisco, Alan Scott, started working on a standardised botulinum toxin preparation.

– 1980 – He officially used the same form as used in the experiments to treat Strabism.

– 1989 – Botox is approved by the US FDA.

– 2002 – Cosmetic Botox was approved after extensive testing.

 Botox in the cosmetic industry:

 There are 2 types of botulinum toxin: Type A (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin) and Type B (MyoBloc/Neurobloc). The first one is the one used in the cosmetic industry.

 A cosmetic Botox injection consists of a small dose of botulinum toxin. The product blocks the acetylcholine release and decreases the muscle activity. In just a few words, Botox blocks nerve signals, therefore the injected muscle can no longer contract. This results in the softening and relaxing of wrinkles. The result is a younger face, fewer wrinkles or unaesthetic lines.

 A Botox injection takes no more than a few minutes. The Doctor will use a fine needle to inject the specific muscles. Anesthesia is not needed for this procedure, as it causes only a minor discomfort.

Our Irish Doctors offer free no obligation consultations where they can talk through your options and give you a clear idea of what to expect so that you can make an informed desicion if botox is the right treatment for you or not before you commit.

Our next Botox clinics are: Dublin – Mount Merrion Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd and Thursday 4th September.

Cork – South Mall – Thursday 28th and Thursday 11th August