Botox: Quick and Simple Anti-Wrinkle Injections
Looking to get rid of your wrinkles? Botox might be the perfect solution for you. Botox is an injectable muscle relaxant made from botulinum toxin type A. This toxin has the ability to paralyze muscles, which helps in reducing wrinkles.
Botox injections are minimally invasive and are very safe. They are a popular option for removing wrinkles and fine lines like the ones commonly found on the forehead and at the corners of the eyes.
Botox was first approved by the FDS in 1989 for the treatment of blepharospasm and various eye muscles issues. It was approved for treating crow’s feet and other types of wrinkles in 2013.
More than four million Botox procedures have been completed so far, and it is the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the United States.
How Botox Works
In small regulated doses, botulinum toxin helps treat wrinkles and a host of other cosmetic and non-cosmetic conditions. It works by preventing the transmission of signals between the nerve cells and the muscles, essentially paralyzing the muscles.
Muscle contraction depends on the release of a chemical messenger by the nerves. This chemical messenger is called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine attaches itself to receptors on the muscle cells and causes them to shorten or contract.
When Botox is injected, the toxin prevents the acetylcholine from being released. This prevents the muscles from contracting and allows them to relax.
How does that apply to the treatment of wrinkles? Wrinkles are the result of repeated muscular contraction over time. As we age, our muscles find it harder and harder to relax back to their natural positions. Stiff and contracted muscles bunch up the overlying skin. Botox helps these muscles lie flat, allowing the skin to lie flat, resulting in a youthful appearance.
The Botox Injection Procedure
The Botox procedure is very simple and does not require any anesthesia. You won’t even have to arrange a ride home – you can simply walk in and walk out once it’s been completed. The treatment typically takes around 15 minutes to perform.
Botox, which is originally stored in powder form, is administered after it is diluted with saline. This involves injecting the solution into the neuromuscular tissue directly. The effects of the Botox injections take up to 72 hours to appear, and full effects should be apparent within seven to ten days.
Botox should be avoided by lactating and pregnant women. This also applies to anyone who is allergic to the solution.
You may experience a few mild side-effects, such as temporary minor bruising, swelling, and numbness. These side-effects of do not last longer than a few hours.
Schedule a Botox Consultation by Contacting Us
Botox treatments are convenient, safe, and effective. What are you waiting for? Try Botox for yourself – contact our office and set up your helpful consultation. Dr. Mitchell D. Kaye, an experienced surgeon, will be happy to walk you through the procedure and answer any questions that you might have during your consultation. You can also look at before-and-after photos.