Smiling, frowning, squinting, and even chewing – basically any facial movement – can eventually lead to one of the most common signs of aging: wrinkles. They can make you appear tired or even angry when you are not. One of the quickest and safest remedies to remove wrinkles is an injection of botulinum toxin type A.
Botulinum toxin is a purified substance that’s derived from bacteria. Commonly known types of botulinum toxin type A injections include Botox and Dysport.
Botox is a brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum
In April 2002, Botox gained FDA approval for treatment of moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows – called glabellar lines. However, Botox is often used for other areas of the face as well. Doctors have been using Botox for years to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is used successfully to improve the appearance of both moderate to severe frown lines between the brows and crow’s feet in adults.
BOTOX® acts as a nerve impulse blocker. Botox® actually prevents wrinkles from appearing by relaxing the underlying muscles so they don’t contract. Botox® binds to the nerve endings and blocks impulses route from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing your normal facial expression to be unaffected.
The effects obtained with Botox injections will last four to six months. With the passage of time, muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to re-appear and wrinkles need to be re-treated. However, the lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax, by Botox.
Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a neurological disease should not use Botox.
Getting Botox takes only a few minutes and no anesthesia is required. Botox is injected with a fine needle into specific muscles with only minor discomfort. It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect and it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to treatment. Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications should be stopped two weeks before treatment as well in order to reduce bruising.