Botox Injections

How Botox Injections Work

Botox is made from Botulinum Toxin Type, a protein complex produced by a bacterium, which has the same toxin that results in food poisoning.

In small, medical doses, however, this bacterium blocks the release of a chemical known as acetylcholine that is released by the nerve cells, virtually blocking electrical messages sent by the brain (and more specifically, by acetylocholine) to the muscles to contract and move. Because these messages are blocked, there is less of a chance of developing fine lines and wrinkles.

Originally intended to treat eye spasms and eye misalignments, botox was approved in 2002 for cosmetic use.

The Procedure

During a botox procedure, several small injections are made into the muscles where fine lines and wrinkles appear; the exact location of the injection depends of the location, size and use of the muscles.

A general procedure does not use anesthesia, although sometimes an anesthetic cream will be applied to the area to be treated.

Botox procedures typically last for about thirty minutes, with results lasting anywhere from about three to six months.

The Benefits of Botox

Considered less invasive than cosmetic surgery and other cosmetic procedures such as a facelift, botox can greatly reduce the signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles.

While it doesn’t completely eradicate the signs of aging, it can greatly reduce the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, smooth wrinkles and even prevent new ones from forming. Skin often appears smoother and more youthful-looking.

Results of botox injections are most noticeable one to two weeks after the procedure.

 

How Botox Injections Work.