What Is Botox
BOTOX ® is on the top of the list for cosmetic treatments today. It is also one of the most popular treatments, administered to over 7 million individuals in more than 70 countries. BOTOX® injections can be used for many cosmetic applications, but Dr. Wade typically uses it to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles on the forehead, between the brows, and around the eyes.
What is BOTOX ®?
First, a little chemistry lesson. Chemicals can be poisonous to humans and animals, but the same poisonous chemicals can also be used for medicinal purposes. It all depends on the dose whether it’s concentrated or diluted. Warfarin for example, when concentrated, Warafin is used to control rodents; however, at a lower concentration, it can be used to control high blood pressure, as it thins the blood.
BOTOX® is the brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. In large amounts, this toxin can cause a form of muscle paralysis known as botulism, which is usually associated with food poisoning. But scientists discovered a way to dilute Clostridium botulinum and turn the toxin into a medical specialty. Small, diluted (weakened) amounts can be directly injected into specific muscles, causing controlled relaxation of the muscles.
How does BOTOX ® work?
BOTOX ® blocks the signal from the nerves to the muscles. The treated muscle loses the ability to contract or tighten as forcefully is did prior to the injection, which causes the wrinkles to relax and soften.
BOTOX ® can be used on the frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines, bunny lines (lines in the nose), dimpling in the chin, skin bands on the neck, and for smoker’s lines and down-turned corners of the mouth. It is important to re-emphasize that BOTOX ® is NOT a facial filler as it does NOT fill existing wrinkles. It simply relaxes the muscles that are creating those wrinkles.
Does Botox ® Injection Hurt?
The general consensus is that the treatment feels no worse than an insect bite. While anesthesia for Botox ® treatment is typically not administered, in certain cases a numbing cream can be applied.
What is a “liquid facelift.”
A liquid facelift is a procedure where BOTOX ® is used in combination with a dermal filler such as Juvéderm.
How fast are the results?
The BOTOX ® cosmetic improvements will take effect approximately 3-5 days.
How long do the results last?
BOTOX ® injections last anywhere from 3-6 months.
Are there any side effects?
Possible side effects include nausea, flu-like symptoms, headache, droopy eyelids and redness or pain at the injection site similar to an insect bite. BOTOX ® complications have most often been associated with non-cosmetic treatments and unqualified practitioners.