Botox ® Injection
Time, sun, stress, hormonal changes and environmental influences take their toll on skin causing it to become damaged and unhealthy. Skin health restoration is not a product it is a process! Skin health restauration requires control of key cell types: Kerainocytes, melanocytes and fibroblasts.
What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a therapeutic agent derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum; Also known as Botulinum Toxin Type A. The brand BOTOX is produced in controlled laboratory conditions and given in extremely small therapeutic doses originally for the treatment of blepharospasm (eye spasm) and strabismus (misalignment of the eye). BOTOX Purified Neurotoxin Complex is a vacuum-dried form of purified botulinum toxin type A and is being investigated for several conditions associated with overactive muscle activity.
How Does BOTOX Work?
Normally, your brain sends electrical messages to your muscles so that they can contract and move. The electrical message is transmitted to the muscle by a substance called acetylcholine. BOTOX works to block the release of acetylcholine and, as a result, the muscle does not receive the message to contract. This means that the muscle spasms or movements that cause wrinkling, stop or are greatly reduced after using BOTOX. Patients sometimes refer to the effects of the injection to their area of treatment as being “paralyzed”.
What To Expect At Your BOTOX Appointment
BOTOX is injected with a micro-needle into the muscle(s) that your individual needs require. The most requested areas of treatment and complaint are the forehead and outer eye area. One to five injections are usually given per muscle. It may take approximately 30 minutes to complete an average amount of injections during your visit. Many surgeons advise that patients report very little pain or discomfort associated with BOTOX injections due the size of the micro-needle, but you will feel at least some discomfort due to the injection. It has been described as a feeling of great “pressure”. After your treatment, you will usually see the effects of BOTOX within a few hours to three days. Care must be taken in restricting the amount of muscle movements in the treatment area while it “settles in In The Weeks Ahead Maximum benefit is reached in one to two weeks. The effects last approximately three months thereafter from a single treatment of BOTOX. Resulting in the smoothing of your skin and the improvement of fine lines and superficial wrinkles in the area of your treatment. When the effects start wearing off, you will notice a very gradual fading of its effects. At this point you will return for your next treatment. BOTOX has proven itself again and again in eliminating superficial lines and wrinkles. Patients report that during a course of treatment their lines “seem to disappear” and the skin regains its former smoothness.
Risks, Complications & Contraindications
Given its unique mechanism of action, BOTOX offers sustained relief, dose after dose. As far as long term effects are concerned, treatment with BOTOX can typically be repeated indefinitely. However, if you are pregnant or taking certain medications, you are not eligible to receive BOTOX treatments. The effects of BOTOX may be increased with the use of certain antibiotics or other drugs that interfere with neuromuscular transmission. Be sure to disclose any and all pre-existing medical conditions and all medications you may be currently taking before undergoing any treatment.
European Society of Aesthetic Surgery
American Academy Of Cosmetic Surgery
Canadian Association for Neuroscience