BOTOX, which is derived from one of the deadliest neurotoxins known to man, has stunned the dermatology community for its endless uses, the most popular being for anti-aging treatments to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The drug is FDA approved for both medical and cosmetic purposes and is considered safe when administered by a licensed professional in small doses. Most people are familiar with the end results of this treatment, however, the science behind BOTOX may not be as widely known. This article will explain where BOTOX comes from, how it actually works, and the many other therapeutic BOTOX treatments.
BOTOX (Botulinum Toxin) is a neurotoxin that targets your nervous system. Normally, your brain sends electrical signals to your muscles telling them to contract and move. This includes voluntary movements such as lifting your arm as well as involuntary movements such as breathing. The electrical message is transmitted to the muscles by a substance called acetylcholine. BOTOX disrupts the signaling process by blocking the release of acetylcholine, therefore, the muscles do not receive the message to contract. Wrinkles are a natural process of aging and one of the biggest causes of facial wrinkles and fine lines is the years of facial muscle movement through smiling and frowning with a combination of lost skin elasticity. BOTOX stops the acetylcholine release where injected, temporarily allowing facial wrinkles and fine lines to relax and smoothen.
Q: How long do BOTOX results last?
A: BOTOX results normally last from 4-6 months depending on how well you take care of your skin and protect it from the sun.
Q: Do BOTOX treatments require any downtime?
A: One of the biggest benefits of receiving BOTOX injections is that there is no downtime required. Treatments are often quick, only lasting around fifteen minutes, and will allow you to resume your daily activities after your appointment.
Q: Do BOTOX treatments hurt?
A: BOTOX treatments will not cause any pain or discomfort. If you are sensitive to needles, your licensed practitioner will apply numbing cream to the injection areas so you do not feel any discomfort.