WHAT IS BOTOX® AND HOW DOES IT WORK
BOTOX® is a purified form of botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, and works by disrupting the signaling process between neurons (nerve cells) and muscles. When BOTOX® is injected in small concentrations into muscles, it blocks the release of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter) from nerve cells, which prevents muscle contraction. Essentially, BOTOX® works by paralyzing muscles, thereby minimizing the common fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial movement. Currently there are three FDA approved botulinum toxin products available in the United States: BOTOX®, Dysport, and Xeomin.
WHEN TO CONSIDER BOTOX®
Prevention is key, so the best time to start treatments is BEFORE any fine lines and wrinkles are present at rest.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT
Treatment plans are developed after careful assessment of the individual’s facial anatomy and movement with a certified provider. Affected areas are cleaned and prepped with alcohol and hibiclens and the target areas are injected with tiny aliquots of botulinum toxin. Number of injections vary depending on areas of concern and severity of involvement. Topical arnica and ice are applied immediately after treatment to prevent bruising and swelling.
RISKS AND SAFETY
As with any injection, there is a risk of redness, swelling, and bruising; however, these risks are temporary and typically resolve within 24-48 hours. Botulinum toxin is generally well tolerated, but rare side effects can occur including, but not limited to allergic reaction, headache, eyelid drooping, and altered vision.
Results typically last between 3-4 months depending on product used and the individual’s metabolism.
*Actual patients. Results may vary. Photos taken BEFORE and AFTER BOTOX® cosmetic treatment, photo credit by Allergan™