What is Botox? BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe, reliable injectable medication, which blocks the actions of certain nerves. For wrinkles this means relaxing the muscles that crease the skin or pull the skin down. For excess sweating it disables the nerves, which stimulate the sweat glands. BOTOX® is the brand name of a protein produced in the laboratory from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. Although the source of BOTOX® is a poison, BOTOX® itself is not a poison. It is modified extensively in the lab and its concentration is diluted, making it one of the safest medications known. When injected at the right dose and using the correct injection technique, side effects are extraordinarily rare.
Where can Botox be used?
- Smoothing wrinkles and folds such as:
- Forehead worry lines
- Between the brows frown lines
- Crow’s feet at the sides of the eyes
- Vertical lines around the lips
- Dimpling of the chin
- Lifting the eyebrows and corners of the mouth
- Relaxing vertical neck bands
- Reducing the frequency and severity of migraine and tension headaches.
- Relieving excessive sweating (Hyperhydrosis) in the palms, face, underarms and soles of the feet.
- Eliminating the pain and discomfort of teeth grinding and TMJ
- Decreasing the frequency of migraine headaches
How does Botox work? BOTOX® is injected directly into very specific muscles of the face in order to achieve the desired weakening effects. The BOTOX® protein remains in the muscle for about three to four months, at which point it is broken down by the body and excreted. At no point does BOTOX® get absorbed by the body. If injected correctly, BOTOX® does not have systemic effects throughout the body. It only affects the muscle into which it is injected.
Are there any side effects of Botox? Side effects or problems with BOTOX® injections are almost exclusively due to inexperienced or unskilled injectors. This is why you have to be careful where you get your BOTOX® injections. You should know the qualifications and experience of the Physician, Nurse Practitioner or Nurse doing the injections. Properly done BOTOX® injections should result in a relaxed and smoothed facial appearance where you can still make facial expressions. BOTOX® can make your eyebrows arch a bit higher to open your eyes more. It can soften the angry appearance of the “11″ lines and the downturned mouth (BOTOX® can actually lift up the corners of the mouth). BOTOX® can also reduce the worried appearance of a lined forehead. All of this can be done without making you look unnatural. Subtle, natural facial relaxation is what you should expect from your BOTOX® treatment.