Botox® is derived from the species of bacteria known as Clostridium botulinum. The process of Botox® involves injecting it into the muscle of the desired area in order to reduce wrinkles by paralysing the muscles.
How Does BTX-A Work?
BTX-A Cosmetic lessens the appearance of facial wrinkles. It works beneath the skin’s surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet to form over time. Your health professional will inject BTX-A Cosmetic into the muscles that cause frown lines and crow’s feet lines, temporarily reducing the activity of those muscles. The result is a reduction in the appearance of those lines. BTX-A Cosmetic blocks the release of a substance called acetylcholine. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe wrinkles to form. It works by simply relaxing the muscles underneath the skin to create a smooth and refreshed appearance.
What Is the Treatment Process?
Before the Treatment; Consult your doctor to determine whether you are a candidate for treatment with BTX-A Cosmetic. Your doctor will ask you about your goals to determine where to administer BTX-A Cosmetic. To do this, your doctor may examine your ability to move certain muscles in your brow area. The location, size, and use of the muscles that create furrow between your brows can vary among individuals. Ask the doctor any questions you may have about your expectations for treatment. Discuss treatment goals and finalize a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs. The Treatment; No anesthesia is required. However, your doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. The BTX-A Cosmetic is administered using a super-fine needle to avoid any pain, bruising or swelling. The BTX-A is then injected directly into neuromuscular tissue and it takes 24-72 hours for it to take full effect. In some very rare cases, it may take as long as five days for the full effect to be observed
What are the side effects?
Although very rare and not permanent, some people have experience bruising (which can be covered with makeup) or a short-term headache. Most patients do not experience any side effects.
Botox® is a very diluted form of the botulinum protein. Since the 1990s, many people have been injected with Botox® without any long-term negative effects. Very few short- term complications have been reported. It is a safe and effective way to remove the lines that show up on foreheads, crows feet and vertical wrinkles that can appear on an upper lip.
Botox® is not a permanent solution and follow-up visits about three to six months apart are needed to keep the wrinkles from reappearing.
Does Botox® hurt?
Botox® is delivered by a quick injection and can be done in your dermatologist’s office. It is virtually painless and there is a very short recovery time. Most people return to work right after a Botox® treatment.
A Botox® injection weakens the muscles that cause the wrinkles. It does not normally interfere with facial expressions. Weakening the muscle that causes the wrinkles to form creates dramatic improvement in appearance that can be seen within two to seven days.
There may be mild discomfort when the doctor administers the injections. Some patients report some slight soreness and bruising that may appear in the few days after the treatment.
How Long Does The Botox® Treatment Last?
The muscles that were weakened by a Botox® injection eventually regain their strength and the wrinkles may reappear. Normally, the treatment lasts for three months but can last for six months for some patients.