Even a few years ago it seems as if Botox was the preserve of the rich and famous, but nowadays this wrinkle smoothing treatment is easily accessible for everyone. However botulinum toxin is a paralysing toxic substance, and is a neurotoxin, so is it really safe to have it injected into your skin. The answer to this is yes, provided of course it’s done by experienced and fully trained specialists such as Dr Rik Trivedi and his dental team at Parrock Dental and Implant Centre. This substance has been rigorously tested for its safety and the fact that it’s been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for treating numerous conditions including frown lines, speaks volumes.

The amounts of botulinum toxin used to treat patients at Parrock Street are far lower than the recommended maximum dosages so there’s really no need for concern. Although you may have spoken to some people who have experienced side effects when having Botox treatments, they’re likely to have had a much larger dose, as this has a greater potential for side effects. You’ll only ever receive the lowest dose necessary to achieve good results.

What exactly is Botox?

Botox is simply a trademark for botulinum toxin A. Botox is related to botulism which is a form of food poisoning that occurs if someone eats something containing the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This particular bacterium produces the neurotox in botulinum toxin A. One of the main symptoms of botulism is paralysis and the reason this occurs is because the botulinum toxins attach themselves to the nerve endings, preventing the neurotransmitters responsible for muscle contractions from being released. Obviously if this occurs in the muscles responsible for helping you to breathe that it can be extremely serious, but the tiny amounts used to smooth out wrinkles prevent this action from occurring as they are only used in an extremely limited area on your face.

It isn’t a permanent treatment, but the effects do last for several months before gradually wearing off. Even though you now know what botulinum toxin is, you can rest assured it is very safe as otherwise it wouldn’t be offered as a treatment for improving facial aesthetics at Parrock Street.

If you’re considering having Botox in Kent, or any other kind of facial aesthetics treatment then why not book a consultation? It’s the ideal opportunity to ask all the questions you may have about these treatments, and to find out if it’s the right choice for you. You can meet our dentist in Kent by e-mail us on info@parrockdental.co.uk or you can phone us on 01474 537191 to make an appointment.