Botox® has been approved to treat safely certain conditions on ophthalmologic and neurologic conditions over several decades. In 2002, FDA approved Botox® (Botulinum Toxin Type A) as the only treatment for the temporary reduction of moderate to severe forehead lines and wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet. It is accomplished by injecting small amounts of Botox® solution in the area of the wrinkles. Botox® works by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles that are responsible for producing the wrinkling of the facial skin, thus producing the appearance of smoother and flatter skin.
Botox® injections are customized for every client, depending on his or her particular needs. These can be performed in areas involving the eyelid regions, forehead and neck. Botox® cannot stop the processing of aging. It can, however, temporarily diminish the look of wrinkles caused by muscle group.
Botox® blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can't contract. That makes the wrinkles relax and soften. Botox® is most often used on forehead lines, crow's feet (lines around the eyes), and frown lines. Wrinkles caused by sun damage and gravity will not respond to Botox®.
Botox® on wrinkles - forehead wrinkles, glabella lines, crow's feet, nasolabial folds, marionette lines Botox® on masseter muscles (which is used to close the mouth and chew) - jawline - Masseter muscle helps to change the shape of the face from a square on to a round one.
Botox® works beneath the skin surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet. Injecting Botox® into the muscles that cause frown lines temporarily reduces the activity of those muscles. The result is a reduction in the appearance of those lines. Botox® temporarily reduces muscle activity. Clients will begin to notice a visible smoothing of the wrinkles on the treated areas.
Q: What is Botox®?
A: Botox® is a drug that is derived from a toxin released by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. In 2002, FDA approved Botox® (Botulinum Toxin type A) as the only treatment for the temporary reduction of moderate to severe forehead lines and wrinkles, frown lines and crow’s feet.
Q: How does Botox® work?
A: Botox® works by preventing the transmission of impulses along the injected nerve. By injecting Botox® into the nerves that supply certain muscles within the face and neck, they can be prevented from contracting and consequently relax. It temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that are responsible for producing the wrinkling of the facial skin, thus producing the appearance of smoother, flatter skin.
Q: Is Botox® painful?
A: The needle of Botox® is much smaller resulting to minimal discomfort.
Q: Are there any side effects?
A: The main side effects after injection are pain from injection and bruising, which are usually minimal and temporary. Ptosis or eyelid droop may also occur. This condition occurs in less than 3% of injections. It is temporary and will usually resolve before the Botox® wears off.
Q: What is the recovery time for Botox®? Can I go out later that day after the treatment?
A: There is no downtime. Clients may return to their normal activities immediately after the treatment.
Q: When will I see result?
A: The effect of Botox® is typically noticed in about 2-5 days after the initial injection. The maximum result will be after 2 weeks, at which point the appearance is at its best.
Q: How long will the effect of Botox® last?
A: The effect of Botox® typically lasts about 4-6 months. After this period in order to maintain the same result, clients should have the Botox® injections periodically. Repeated Botox® tends to have slightly longer lasting effect as there can be a thinning of the muscles that have been treated.