Botox® is one of the most famous (and popular) cosmetic treatments in the world. But what is it? And how does it work?
What is Botox® Made Of?
Botox® is made of botulinum toxin – a paralysing agent made by the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum. It has unique properties that allow it to tackle the dynamic lines and wrinkles on your face, including crow’s feet, laugh lines, frown lines, forehead lines and worry lines.
How Does it Work?
Botox® works by inactivating the muscles under the face that cause fine lines and wrinkles. The FDA-approved substance is injected strategically into the areas you’d like to target, pausing the underlying muscle tissue, preventing it from creasing the skin on top.
Specifically, Botox® works by blocking the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. When this chemical can no longer function, the brain does not send signals to the affected muscles, preventing them from tensing. Dynamic wrinkles caused by muscle movement cannot occur.
Is Botox® Safe?
Given that the full name for Botox®, botulinum toxin, has the word “toxin” in it, many patients worry about safety. However, the treatment is widely regarded as one of the safest cosmetic interventions available, having been granted FDA clearance all the way back in 1989.
The word “toxin” mainly derives from the properties of Botox® when administered in large quantities. However, Dr. Schalit and his team of expert injectors only use tiny amounts – just enough to inactivate target muscles.
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Benefits of Botox®
The benefits of Botox® are tremendous. They include:
- Appear more youthful: Cosmetically, Botox®’s primary purpose is to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It targets under-eye lines, bunny lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, frown lines, glabellar lines in the middle of the brow, lip lines, Marionette lines and even gummy smiles.
- Long-lasting results: The effects of Botox® can last many months after an initial treatment. It’s then up to you to decide whether you want to continue receiving top-up injections regularly or not.
- Safe: Botox® has one of the best safety records of any cosmetic interventions available.
- Zero downtime: Finally, after Botox® treatment, you’re free to continue with your regular schedule – no downtime required.
How Long Will My Botox® Results Last?
The effects of Botox® treatment usually last between three and four months, although they can continue for up to six, depending on your metabolism. Eventually, though, the body will clear it away, restoring the natural function of the nervous system.
When first hearing this, many patients assume that this is a limitation of the treatment. But it gives you a choice. If you don’t want to use Botox® for whatever reason in the future, you don’t have to. It will slowly fade over time.
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