We all experience fine lines and wrinkles on our faces from constant movement and expressions, as well as the daily exposure of this area to the elements. Whether caused by making facial expressions or the natural aging process, BOTOX® Injections are an effective way to smooth unwanted lines and creases on the face. The most commonly treated areas are between the eyebrows, around the eyes and across the forehead. BOTOX® is made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum called “Botulinum Toxin”. BOTOX® is used to treat certain muscular conditions but has gained popularity in the cosmetic industry as it drastically eliminates the look of unwanted lines and wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles in the treated area.
Benefits and Side Effects
Lines between the eyebrows, across the forehead and “crow’s feet” around the eyes can age us, making us look tired and older than we feel. With BOTOX®, a relatively pain-free, non surgical procedure, the skin around the eyes and forehead is smoothed, creating a more youthful and rested appearance free from lines and wrinkles. The affect can last four to six months before a “fading” of the result is seen.
Even when administered by an experienced physician, side effects from BOTOX® injections may still occur. The most common side effects post-treatment include: slight bleeding at injection site along with redness tenderness and bruising, headache, nausea, fever or flu like symptoms. Side effects should subside within a week of your procedure. During your consultation, your medical professional will go over the risks and side effects associated with BOTOX® injections.
How Does It Work?
BOTOX® provides dramatic results on both “dynamic” wrinkles (wrinkles that appear while you’re moving your face, such as when you laugh) as well as “static” wrinkles (lines that appear even when the face is at rest). Small concentrations of the Botulinum Toxin (“BOTOX®”) are injected into the area of concern, which in turn prevents signals from the nerve cells from reaching receptor muscles. As a result, the muscles in the treated area are left without instructions to contract, therefore becoming paralyzed.
In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger called Acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter), at the junction where the nerve endings meet the muscle cells. The chemical messenger attaches to receptors on the muscle cells which causes the muscle cells to contract or shorten. When botulinum toxin is injected, the release of acetylcholine is prevented along with the ability of the muscle cells to contract.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Because BOTOX® is administered via injection, a slight pinch and burning may be experienced, however many patients feel minimal discomfort. Because the gauge of the needle is extremely thin, much smaller than a needle that would be used to draw blood for example; the process should be relatively painless. Minimal bruising may occur post-treatment; however your medical professional will go over post care during your initial consultation.
Are Multiple Treatments Required?
Yes. BOTOX® injections are required every three to six months depending on the patient, the areas being treated, and the type of injection you and your doctor have selected for your course of treatment.
At Laser Essential & Skin Care, we offer a variety of Injectables to enhance your natural beauty. During your initial consultation, our Doctor will help you decide which product is best suited for you in order to achieve your goals.
BOTOX® Options Available at Laser Essential & Skin Care, We currently offer the following line-smoothing injectables:
– BOTOX® – Formulated with botulinum toxin A and binding proteins
used to smooth lines around the eyes, between the brow and forehead.
– Xeomin® – Often referred to as a “naked injectable,” Xeomin contains
just one ingredient (botulinum toxin A) and is free from additives/binding
agents. The major benefit of a pure-form injectable is that the body is
less likely to become resistant to it because there are simply less
ingredients in the solution.