Month: January 2015

Botox® – the development of

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog shares his thoughts on the development of botox over the years.
The Development of Botox®
Botulinum toxin is a purified protein originated from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. The bacterium was founded in 1895 and has been researched for over 100 years.
Development Timeline
1895 – The bacterium Clostridum botulinum (previously known as Bacillus botulinum) was founded my Professor Emile Pierre van Ermengem.
1920 – Merman Sommer M.D stabilised Botulinum Toxin Type A. He isolated the purified form as a stable acid precipitate. This was undertaken at the University of California, San Francisco.
1946 – Edward J Schantz Ph.D and his colleagues, for the first time successfully purified Botulinum Toxin A into crystalline form. This gave scientists the raw material to allow them to study the molecule in detail.
1950s – The biggest research undertook was by Vernon Brooks, M.D into Botulinum Toxin Type A, this created very positive results. He discovered that when Botulinum Toxin was injected into an hyperactive muscle, it blocked the release of acetylcholine from the motor nerve endings; this induced a temporary reduction in the targeted muscle activity. This new revelation created new interest in Botulinum Toxin Type A as a potentially significant therapeutic agent.
1960s and 1970s – Alan B Scott’s M.D involvement in the research for Botulinum Toxin Type A for muscle disorders accelerated in the late 1960’s and the toxin was tested on animals. Dr Scott’s hypothesized that the drug may be an effective therapy for cross eyes. Dr Scott’s discovered that by injecting a small amount of Botulinum Toxin into the hyperactive ocular muscles in monkeys he was able to realign cross eyes associated with strabismus.
After this discover, and for the next 20 years Dr Scott and Dr Schantz developed Botulinum Toxin Type A for human treatment. Dr Scott’s created his own company called Oculinum Inc, in the late 1970’s; this is where he continued to study Botulinum Toxin type in human volunteers.
1988 – Allergan, Inc gained the rights to circulate Dr Scott’s Botulinum Toxin Type A product known as Oculinum.
1989 – Oculinum Inc, received the very first approval by the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of uncontrollable eye blinking in people over 12 years old. After this first approval, Allergan acquired Oculinum, Inc and with the approval from the FDA changed the product name to BOTOX.
2000 – FDA gave their approval for patients to use Botox® if there were or had an abnormal head position and neck pain that occurs with cervical dystonia (CD) in people over the age of 16.
2002 – Allergan received FDA approval to market and use Botox® cosmetic to improve frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines) in people over the age of 16.
2004 – July 2004, within the United States they were given approval to use Botox® to treat patients over the age of 18 with serve underarm sweating.
2010 – In March, the FDA gave approval for Botox® to be used for the treatment of increased muscle stiffness in the elbow, wrist and fingers for patient over the age of 18.

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Botox® – what to do pre, during and after

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog shares his thoughts on what to do before, during and after botox treatments.

What to do before a Botox® treatment
For you to have a positive experience with your Botox® treatment below are a few steps to follow before the treatment takes place:
Select a doctor who knows what they are doing. The doctor is board-certified and has several years of experience. Good Botox® is all dependent on the skill and technique of the Botox® Injector.
Be open and transparent with the doctor. When filling in the medical form, write and tell your doctor your medical history in detail, your current illnesses, the medication you are currently taking (even supplements), whether you are pregnant, breast-feeding or trying to conceive so the doctor can determine if you are suitable for Botox® treatment.
Make sure Botox® is the correct treatment for you. A reputable and experienced doctor will know what Botox® treatment will work for your skin and which Botox® treatment will not. For example, you may benefit from fillers for certain types of wrinkles.
Do not be afraid to ask as many questions to you wish. Go in with a list.

What to do during your Botox® treatment
What you need to do during the Botox® treatment is not as important as what you do before and after your Botox® injection. However, there are a few things to keep in mind for a good treatment:
Go au naturel if you choose. Your skin will be cleaned with either rubbing alcohol or an antiseptic before the Botox® injection. So turning up without any make-up on is fine.
Stay still and follow the doctor’s instructions. If you are afraid or nervous please make your doctor aware and set your mind on something random or relaxing.
Use an ice pack before, during and after Botox® treatment can help reduce and signs of bruising.

What to do after your Botox® treatment
What you do after your treatment and how to care for your skin is paramount. Below are some suggestions to do or avoid after a Botox® treatment.
Do not touch, rub or massage the injected part of your skin for 24 hours. You do not want the Botox® to spread to other unintended muscles.
Avoid strenuous physical activity and avoid consuming large amounts of alcohol.
Do not book yourself for a facial, chemical peel to microdermabrasion for at least 24 hours.
If you do get a small Botox® bruise, you can use topical K and arnica to help you.
Go back for top ups if you need to or if you are not satisfied with your results.
If you experience any side effects or complications please call the Doctor or seek medical attention.
Following the above will help you get the best out of the treatment and better results.

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Botox® versus Plastic surgery

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog shares his thoughts on botox versus plastic surgery.

Have you thought about enhancing your features? Ever considered Botox® or Plastic Surgery?
Here is a small guide to tell you the difference between Botox® and Plastic Surgery.
Why Botox®?
Botox® is injected, using a very fine needle underneath your skin to smooth out unwanted lines and wrinkles on the face. Botox® in effect paralyzes or relaxes the facial muscles; this in turn results in a smooth better looking appearance.
Botox® is very popular for many reasons. Botox® is not invasive in comparison to plastic surgery. Botox® does not require the client to have general anaesthesia. The results of using Botox® can be seen immediately. There is no taking time off work or any recovery time needed. Any evidence of a fine needle being used will be eradicated within 24 hours. Any swelling that may have occurred will subside within 24 to 48 hours. Overall, Botox® is cheaper than a facelift. Botox® although temporary can last up to 6 months. Botox® must only be administered by a qualified practitioner such as a dentist or nurse.

Why Plastic Surgery?
A facial plastic surgery is an invasive cosmetic procedure that must be performed from a qualified specialist. The procedure involves the removal of excess skin and at times tightening the tissues under the skin. This procedure gives the patient a younger facial appearance.
The recovery time for the patient is dependent on the type of surgery that has been performed. After the surgery, there will be bruising, swelling and discomfort as you start to heal, which take some time. The stitches will need to be removed within 7 to 10 days. A recovery time from plastic surgery varies from individual to individual, on average a patient requires around 14 days.

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Botox® myths

Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog shares his thoughts on the myths surrounding botox.

Let’s abolish the myths surrounding Botox®
Myth 1: Are Botox® injections painful?
The truth being is that people have compared having Botox® injected to having a blood test. There is a small pinch sensation however it only lasts a few seconds. Having the Botox® treatment requires on anaesthetic.

Myth 2: The needle
The needle is sterile and come individually packed. The needle is extremely fine and a small amount of liquid is injected in the area of treatment. Many patients have said that the pain associated with the injections is completely non-existent.

Myth 3: Is there loss of facial expression after Botox® treatment
A number of people looking to have Botox® treatment are concerned about the loss of facial expression (that frozen look). However, the reality is that having the Botox® treatment will enhance your expressions and you will be able to display the full range of expression as before including, frowning and smiling. All treatments must be performed by a qualified, trained and skilled practitioner. The Botox® treatment relaxes the muscles were the treatment has taken place, for example, soften lines around the eyes.

Myth 4: Does Botox® contain food poisoning
Botox® is made from a purified protein that comes from the toxin, as many medications are. Huge research has been undertaken into the testing of Botox® and its uses. Botox® injections have one of the highest satisfaction ratings from its patients.

Myth 5: Can Botox® only be used for the face
Botox® and Botox® treatments was initially developed to help with neurological disorders treatment. To this day, however not wildly known, Botox® treatment can be used in the following conditions, depression, migraines, involuntary facial movement, this is just a small list.

Myth 6: Are Botox® treatments unsafe and dangerous
Botox® has a long standing and well established safety history and has been available and used for over 20 years for various treatments. Over 16 million Botox® treatments have been carried out since it was first introduced and no long term side effects have been reports by the users.

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