Botox is a non-surgical treatment that can temporarily smooth out moderate to severe forehead lines, frown lines, crows feet and a lined neck amongst other areas.It is the treatment of choice to rectify lines and wrinkles.It involves injecting small amounts of purified botulinum toxin into the facial or neck muscles responsible for movement associated with wrinkling. The injection weakens the muscle, thus reducing the associated lines and wrinkles, giving the face a relaxed, rejuvenated look.
How Botox Works
Botox combats wrinkles that are created when nerve cells within the muscles beneath the skin release a chemical called acetylcholine. This chemical triggers a muscle contraction that creates wrinkles. The product, medically known as Botulinum Toxin Type A, is an injectable compound that disrupts the release of acetylcholine which essentially paralyzes the muscle and stops the contraction. Results are fully evident within one week after treatment and remain for a minimum of three months.
Botox typically reduces wrinkles by 80 percent. Patients are typically between the ages of 35 and 60. Results vary among individual cases, and the results are temporary. You will need to plan for additional injections, depending on your long-term treatment goals.
The Botox procedure
You will be asked about your expectations for treatment and if you have any allergies or any condition that wouldn’t make you a good candidate for Botox.
No anesthesia is required, although we may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream.
We will determine where to administer the injections by examining your ability to move certain muscles in the area to be injected. The selection of injection points is critical to the success of the procedure. Numerous injection points may be marked for each location to be treated. These points may not be located on the wrinkle itself, but at the area where the muscle contracts.
The amount of Botox to be used for the procedure is determined. Depending upon the extent of treatment; the procedure can take a few minutes up to 20 minutes
Uses of Botox
- Anti-wrinkle treatment for crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead lines,bunny lines, perioral lip lines, Marionette lines
- Chemical brow lift
- Nasal flare
- Nasolabial folds
- Mental crease
- Platysmal bands
- Horizontal neck lines
- Hypertrophic mandibular angles (masseter hypertrophy)
- Facial asymmetry
- Severe armpit perspiration (Hyperhydrosis)
After the procedure
There’s no recovery time needed. You’re ready to get on with your day! Normal activities can be resumed immediately. However, patients are advised to stay out of the sun.Results are usually evident within one week and typically last about 4 to 6 months. Results may vary. If you’re pleased with the results of a Botox treatment, you’ll probably want to get on a treatment schedule so you can keep on being pleased. If you discontinue treatment, the frown lines between your brows gradually will look like they did before treatment. Don’t wait for a special occasion to use Botox
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