Botox 101

  • Posted on: Aug 15 2015
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BotoxEver since its approval by the FDA for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles on the brow and around the eyes, Botox has become the rock star of the aesthetic world. Each year it repeats as the most popular cosmetic procedure worldwide.

But although most people have heard of Botox, many still don’t really know how it works.

How Botox works

Botox is made from the botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotoxic protein produced by bacteria, the same bacteria behind the disease called botulism. But decades ago, scientists found that injecting miniscule amounts of botulinum toxin type A into a muscle temporarily paralyzes the muscle. On the face this is important because muscles are the cause of wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. These come when we make repeated muscle contractions for common behaviors such as squinting, frowning, laughing, and other common behaviors. When injected into the muscle creating the wrinkle, Botox works by blocking the nerve signals to that muscle, stopping the muscle from contracting. Without the contraction, the wrinkle above the muscle either disappears or dramatically lessens.

Botox results are not immediate

Unlike dermal fillers, which generally show their impact immediately, Botox takes from three to seven days to fully relax the muscle. At this time, the full results are apparent and they will last from four to six months. When the Botox is running its course, you will begin to see the return of the wrinkles in the injection areas. That’s the signal that it is time for another Botox session. Over time, however, as the muscles are trained to relax, the extent of the wrinkles formed above them is softened, even without Botox being active.

Tired of those crow’s feet and lines between your brows? Call us at Aesthetic Plastic Surgery of Delaware, 302-656-0214, and let’s see if Botox can work for you.

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