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Beauty, Health

The Benefits Of Botox

Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures worldwide with more than 6 million treatments being administered each year. Although used primarily for cosmetic procedures, it’s also currently used to treat many medical conditions, with more treatment opportunities being investigated regularly.

In cosmetic situations, it helps reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily paralysing the underlying muscles. This hugely successful procedure can help give the recipient a more youthful look whilst being minimally invasive. It can be used to decrease forehead wrinkles as well as ‘crow’s feet’ around the eyes and can be specifically targeted to the area needed. The aesthetic benefits are plain to see, however the medical applications extend much further and are likely to develop in the future.

Treating medical conditions with Botox can be incredibly successful and it’s currently used to treat a variety of conditions ranging from spasms to urinary incontinence. When injected into the bladder, it increases its volume capacity therefore reducing incontinence and the symptoms of an overactive bladder. This treatment can last for up to several months depending on the amount of the drug used in the procedure.

Blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids) and Idiopathic rotational cervical dystonia (severe neck and shoulder spasms) can also be controlled with the use of Botox and patients report relief from their symptoms in as little as three days after the initial injection. It works by paralysing the muscles in the affected areas, helping to reduce both symptoms and pain. Excessive sweating in a localised area such as the armpit can also be treated with strategic injections. Administering Botox affects the glands that create sweat and allows temporary relief for the patient. Whilst the injections don’t cure this condition, regular treatment will help successfully manage the symptoms.

The conditions above only provide a snapshot of the applications Botox can be used for. Studies into its uses are continually being undertaken as it’s proven to be an effective treatment for many muscle disorders related to other medical conditions. As well as cosmetic and approved medical treatments, it is also used off label to treat other medical conditions such as Cerebral Palsy and Laryngeal Dystonia (forceful contraction of the vocal cords).

The benefits are clear to see. It has a wide range of uses in both cosmetic and medical applications and research suggests that it will be approved as a treatment for many other medical conditions in the future.



CoolSculpting – Freeze Your Fat!

When it comes to unusual ways to lose fat (which actually work), CoolSculpting has to be pretty high on the list. As a concept it sounds like something from a sci-fi movie, but it exists and it’s being used by thousands of people to help them lose stubborn body fat in a simple, effective manner.

The process itself involves a visit to a cosmetic surgery clinic with someone qualified in performing the procedure. Using a technology called cryolipolysis fat freezing, the process typically allows patients to lose around 40% of the far in the targeted area.

It involved the fat cells being crystalized, after which the body starts to gradually flush them out. The process is fairly straightforward and involves only mild discomfort for the patient, with a slight pressure on the target area followed by a numbness once the treatment is administered.

Full results from CoolSculpting usually take around 1-3 months to be seen, as it takes time for the body to fully process the fat cells. Once frozen, the fat cells are viewed as a foreign object by the body and are secreted through the bowel. This process takes a little time to complete, but afterwards the fat cells are completely removed from the body.

The results are permanent though, making it worth the wait, and most patients will require only a single treatment. Your doctor will let you know during your initial consultation if additional sessions will be required.

The real appeal of CoolSculpting, other than the obvious fat loss benefits, is that it’s a non-surgical procedure. The traditional cosmetic surgery approach to targeted fat loss has been liposuction, which essentially involves sucking the fat from under the skin. This was a major procedure with a couple of weeks of recovery time involved, which made it a serious commitment for the patient. With CoolSculpting there’s no downtime involved for the majority of patients, with many receiving the treatment on their lunch break before heading back to work!

It’s not just a beneficial treatment for the patients either – doctors increasingly prefer this approach to traditional surgical fat loss procedures. It’s far safer and less intrusive, and the low-risk involved offers huge appeal to doctors and patients aside.

The leading practitioner of the procedure in the UK are The Cosmetic Skin Clinic, and you can find more information about the procedure on their website.