Botox®

botox-neurotoxins1Facial expression lines develop from the action of the underlying muscles on the skin. Although these lines help us to communicate and convey to a range of emotional states, some facial expression lines always seem to connote fatigue or anger, even if those appearances do not represent how we actually feel. This is especially true of lines on the forehead and between the eyebrows. Other lines, such as crow’s feet, may make us appear older than our chronological age.

Botox® is used to block the nerve impulses that tell those muscles to move. Revealing a fresh, healthy you. Botox® is used to treat wrinkles that are found when you make facial expressions.

WHAT IS BOTOX®?

Botox® is an FDA approved purified protein naturally derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum Type A. It has been used for over 20 years to reduce unwanted muscle activity, and is considered safe and effective. Initially introduced for treatment of ophthalmologic and neurologic muscular diseases, it is now also used for cosmetic reduction of facial expression lines.

Lines and wrinkles develop, at least in part, from the action of facial muscles under the skin. After years, furrows may remain along these facial expression lines without any active facial muscle expression. The development of these lines is also promoted by years of sun exposure. Botox® is capable of preventing the unwanted facial expression lines and improves or blends the wrinkles that were visible while the muscles were at rest.

Botox® acts by immobilizing the muscle, at treated sites. It does this by inhibiting contraction of targeted muscles. Only those muscles producing these undesirable lines are treated.

Botox® can be used on multiple different areas including:

  • Frown lines
  • Between the eyebrows
  • Crow’s feet lines
  • Forehead wrinkles

The treatment only takes a few minutes and the Botox® takes effect in three to four days. Patients can return to work or other activities immediately after treatment. It can remove lines such as prominent facial expression lines, especially horizontal lines on the forehead, vertical lines between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet are most dramatically improved with treatment.

An injection of Botox® is not painful according to most patients. When Botox® is injected there is a minor sting for a few seconds. Once the injection is complete, there is usually no discomfort. Most patients report mild discomfort that subsides within a minute. Immediately after the injection, the skin appears normal as there may be some redness and swelling at the treated sites. Occasionally, there can be mild bruising. If present, these changes resolve within a few hours to days. The skin feels normal, and there is no unusual sensation.

The results of a Botox® treatment last for 3-6 months. When the effect of Botox® wears off or diminishes, the muscles that contribute to these facial expression lines become active again; treatment can then be administered again. Within 48 hours after the treatment, reduction in the muscle activity can be noticed. In about one week after the treatment the maximal benefit is attained and continues for few months.

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