Botox is a brand name for the onabotulismtoxinA injection. Botox cosmetic is a non-surgical method to reduce the appearance of signs of aging, such as crow’s feet, frown lines, and other wrinkles suck as forehead lines. While botox injections also have therapeutic medical applications, such as in the treatment of migraines, hyperhydrosis, and overactive bladder, the cosmetic injections simply erase the lines that mark us as we age.
Basically, a botox treatment temporarily prevents muscles from moving by blocking chemical signals that tell the muscles to contract. This relaxing effect is what allows botox cosmetic to allow you to turn back the clock on facial lines and wrinkles.
The before and after images of patients who have undergone cosmetic botox treatment is striking. In an era of selfies with filters that distort our reality, botox injections allow you to change how you look with no filtering at all.
How Botox Injections Work
The botulism toxin is a powerful one. The cosmetic botox injection contains an incredibly small dose of the botulinum toxin, just enough to do the job, with limited side effects. Botulinum powder is mixed with saline and injected directly into the areas the patient wishes to see made more wrinkle-free.
The botox injections go straight into the neuromuscular tissue, where the small needle delivers the toxin, blocking the messages your facial muscles receive. The toxin binds with receptors for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, effectively disconnecting the communication between the brain and the muscle, paralyzing it.
Because the toxin is used in such a targeted way and in small amount, only the muscles in the face that cause the wrinkles to form are affected.
We all lose collagen and moisture in our skin as we age. Furrows and creases deepen, and lines form at places where our skin folds when we frown or smile, especially around the eyes, mouth, and forehead.
Regardless of how well you take care of yourself, over time these lines will become the distinguishing feature of an otherwise beautiful face.
Botox injections are a safe, non-surgical method to address the unfairness of the passage of time.
With a few simple trips to the office, the chemicals that are causing the skin to fold and crease are blocked and can no longer assist time in cutting its furrows into your brow and planting those crows feet at your eyes. In far less time than it takes to dye your hair at a salon, a professional at our office can administer a proven effective treatment to reverse, not simply halt, the march of time. Botox, while not a permanent solution, is one of the best way to regain the youth we all treasure.