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Archive for August, 2017


Your Wrinkles Can’t Stand Up to Botox

Are you fed up with fine lines and wrinkles in your skin? Then come in for Botox treatments and make that skin wrinkle-free! Botox is a chemical treatment for the skin that can relax away facial wrinkles. This is achieved by paralyzing the underlying facial muscles to prevent overuse.

What Is Botox?

Botox is an injectable muscle relaxant derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is the main causative agent for food poisoning.

Botox can be used to treat many issues, not just facial wrinkles. Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), cervical dystonia (repetitive neck spasms), and lazy eye can all be addressed with Botox. Those who suffer from the problem of incontinence can also get relief with Botox injections. Even those who suffer from chronic headaches can get them remedied using Botox.

What Is the Procedure for Administering Botox?

Botox is administered with the help of injections and is given directly into the muscles. These injections should be given only by a trained medical professional. Treatment is quite quick and convenient, requiring only around 15 minutes to perform. Afterwards, patients can return to their daily schedules without downtime.

The toxin is given after diluting it in saline. After dilution, it is injected into the neuromuscular tissue of the region you want to treat. But the effects are not instant. It will take approximately 24 to 72 hours for the injections to show their effects on the wrinkles in the skin, and in some cases, it can take up to five days.

How Does Botox Work?

The main reason why Botox can treat wrinkles is that it targets the muscles that lie beneath the wrinkled skin. You may not know that when you frown, squint, or make any other facial expression, a special neurotransmitter chemical is released by your nerves. This chemical is known as acetylcholine. The function of this chemical is to bind with the muscle receptors, thus bringing about their contraction.

Repeated contraction of the facial muscles makes them less able to return to a relaxed position. As we make the same expressions over and over again throughout our lives, the muscles begin to stay contracted. This disrupts the smooth surface of the skin, creating shallow wrinkles. The muscles need help relaxing back to a normal position.

Here is where the Botox injections work. They bind to muscle receptors and prevent the acetylcholine transmission process. Messages will still be sent to the muscles by your nerves for contraction and acetylcholine will still be released, but it will not be able to bind itself with the muscles. This reduces muscle activity to reduce wrinkle formation and smooth out age lines.

How Long Will the Effects of Botox Treatment Last?

The time for which the treatment will last varies from person to person and depends on various factors. Your age is one of those determining characters. The skin condition of the patient is also one of the important factors that will determine the longevity of the effect. Some other factors include the facial structure, diet, and results of any past Botox treatments. Typically, the results of Botox last around three to four months.

Arrange a Date for Your Botox Treatments

With Botox treatment, you will see a visible reduction in treated wrinkles. If you want your youthful skin back, then Botox is an excellent option. Get started today – contact our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Anita Mandal, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon.

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