Botox is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment, with more than 6 million Botox treatments administered each year. Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum, an organism found in the natural environment where it is largely inactive and non-toxic. Botulinum toxin is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles. People also use Botox to treat excessive sweating, migraines, muscular disorders, and some bladder and bowel disorders. Botulinum toxin is predominantly used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. Botox provides a quick and effective remedy for the facial lines and wrinkles that age, stress, worry, and environmental factors can produce, even on a younger person’s face. A Botox injection skin treatment smoothes frown lines on the forehead, between the eyes, and at the base of the nose. With Botox derived from botulinum toxin, "crow’s feet" wrinkles at the corners of the eyes fade or disappear for a more youthful and vital facial appearance.
Botox is an injectable agent used to temporarily diminish or eliminate lines and wrinkles on the face by relaxing underlying facial muscles. It is derived from botulinum toxin type A, a bacterium-produced neuromuscular toxin that can be deadly in a pure state. Botox contains a highly diluted form of the toxin and has been proven safe. For this reason, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Botox botulinum toxin treatment for alleviating eye-muscle disorders and smoothing frown lines. This exceptional treatment is often used in conjunction with facial plastic surgery procedures such as a facelift or eyelid lift to maximize its cosmetic benefit.
As with any medical procedure, there are certain considerations that those seeking Botox must take into account. It is possible that even ideal candidates for this procedure could experience some adverse side effects. The vast majority of side effects are simple and temporary, disappearing in just a few weeks. Rarely, some patients are allergic to Botox. Medical considerations that Botox candidates should keep in mind - and which they are encouraged to speak with their physician about - include temporary paralysis of different muscle groups, allergic reaction, and bruising at the injection site.
Each patient's case is carefully analyzed before Botox is administered. The treatment has proven safe and effective for many thousands of patients and your physician will be happy to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have.
"Dynamic wrinkles," or wrinkles caused by facial expression and muscle movement, are especially prevalent in the area around the eyes. Fortunately, these wrinkles are very responsive to Botox treatments. One of the benefits of Botox injections is that Botox weakens the muscles responsible for squinting and crinkling of the eye area. The treatment effectively reduces or eliminates crow's feet and other wrinkles around the eyes. Since Botox injections only affect muscle nerves, not nerves of sensation, patients do not experience a loss of feeling in the treated area.
Eye-brows Smiling, laughing, and frowning can all result in permanent wrinkling of the brow. Removing wrinkles from the area between the eyes can dramatically change a person's appearance from one of continual anger or sadness to one of contentment and restiveness. Because Botox treatments are so effective in improving moderate to severe frown lines between the brows, many patients have them as an alternative to a brow lift. Reducing deep, stubborn furrows between the brows is also a widely documented benefit of Botox injections for men. You will start to see aesthetic improvement from your Botox injections after a few days, and results can last up to four months.
Forehead Wrinkles Wrinkles on the forehead can give the face an older, more haggard appearance. As people age, the muscles used to form facial expressions create permanent creases in the skin. One of the benefits of Botox injections is that they can be used to relax the facial muscles, resulting in smoother skin and fewer wrinkles. In areas such as the forehead, where horizontal wrinkles tend to form, the Botox benefits are particularly valuable. Contrary to the common misconception that a doctor must treat each wrinkle, only the underlying muscles that cause wrinkles must be treated. Once you have received your Botox treatment, the muscles that ordinarily cause wrinkles and lines to appear in the forehead are no longer as active for a period of several months.
Jaw Contouring Recently, doctors have discovered a new Botox benefit: Patients with oversized masseter muscles, the muscles of the jaw used for chewing, can be treated with Botox injections. Many patients with square-shaped faces want a non-surgical option to give them the oval face shape they desire. Botox treatments have been reported to reduce the size of the masseter muscles, resulting in a gently curved cheek and jaw. The procedure is non-invasive. A Botox treatment can be quickly performed in your doctor's office. There is virtually no recovery time necessary; you can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment. Although the bone structure is not changed, the reduction of muscle thickness noticeably refines the angle of the patient's jaw.
Possible Side Effects
Botox injection side effects and risks include mild numbness or tingling in the injection area, minor swelling or bruising around the injection area, an allergic reaction to Botox. No improvement after undergoing treatment Headache (temporary), Nausea (temporary), Drooping eyebrow or eyelid (usually temporary and can last two to three weeks) flu-like symptoms
Many of these side effects can be avoided if proper injection techniques are used and if the patient avoids rubbing the injection area for approximately 12 hours after treatment. The possibility of experiencing Botox injection side effects can be greatly reduced by choosing a qualified cosmetic surgeon who has extensive experience in performing the BOTOX injection procedure.
It is important to take care of your skin after the Botox treatment. Here are a few tips on taking care of your skin:
- For at least 24 hours, do not touch the area which has been treated
- Massaging or rubbing the treated area might lead the Botox to spread to other unintended muscles.
- Avoid participating in any form of arduous physical activity.
- Avoid the consumption of alcohol in large amounts.