What is botox?

Botulinum toxin, or as it is often referred to as “Botox”, is a method by which patients can reduce the appearance of their facial wrinkles that have arisen due to aging.

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Botox has proven to be a very safe cosmetic procedure, as it has been FDA approved. Further, the use of botulinum toxin has been seen not only in the field of cosmetic dermatology; for example, botox has been able to help those suffering from spastic movement disorders. Nonetheless, those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have particular neurological disease should avoid botox treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the science behind botox?

Botulinum toxin is a substance produced by a bacterium, which is known as Clostridium botulinum. The presence of this toxin in our bodies causes muscle paralysis because it blocks the release of acetylcholine, which is the primary neurotransmitter at the neuromuscular junction. Due to the resulting paralysis, the muscles injected with botox will not be able to contract thereby allowing wrinkles to relax and soften.

How does the procedure work?

First, the skin is numbed so that patients won’t feel a high level of discomfort while the injections are being placed in the face. Following this, a thin needle will be used to inject small quantities of botulinum toxin into the desired area(s) of the face. After the procedure, the treated area should not be rubbed or massaged for 24 hours as this could increase the risk of the toxin spreading to other parts of the face.

When will I be able to notice the results?

The time frame by which results will be noticeable varies from patient to patient. However, most patients begin to notice results around 3 to 7 days after receiving the injections. That being said, some patients may need to wait up to two weeks to see results.

When should I start getting botox?

There isn’t necessarily a “correct” time by which patients are meant to receive botox treatment- such a time is entirely attributed to the patient’s desires. For example, some patients decide to receive botox injections when they first observe wrinkles and fine lines. Others, however, may believe that the appropriate time to receive botox treatment would be when these wrinkles and fine lines become very prominent. It is important to initially schedule a consultation in order to determine what would work best for you.

What are the side effects involved?

Similar to other cosmetic procedures, there tends to be bruising, swelling, redness, and tenderness around the site of injections. Typically, such side effects should be solved on their own and will go away within a few days to a week after the Botox treatment.

How long do the results last?

The results tend to last for anywhere from 3 to 5 months following the date of treatment. As time goes on, the body will metabolize the botox thereby allowing for the recurrence of the wrinkles and fine lines due to resumed muscle movement. However, such recurrence can be combated if a patient chooses to follow up using maintenance treatments every 3 to 4 months.