Botox temporarily reduces the formation of wrinkles and makes current wrinkles less visible.
How does Botox work?
Botox is extracted from the bacteria Clostridia botulinum and is targeted directly at the facial muscles that are causing dynamic wrinkles to form. The Botox protein injection blocks transmission from the nerve ending to the muscle. As a result, the muscle relaxes, significantly reducing the appearance of wrinkles and muscles on the skin above that muscle. This blocking effect on the nerves usually lasts an average of three to six months, at which time the muscle regains movement and wrinkles reappear.
Botox treatments take only a few minutes and are given during a typical office visit. You should be able to return to your normal activities immediately.
Am I a good candidate for Botox?
The best candidates for Botox treatments are people who are physically healthy, with no history of neuromuscular diseases (such as multiple sclerosis or myasthenia gravis), who are not pregnant or nursing, and who are at least 18 years old.
How long does the treatment last?
Botox treatment usually lasts an average of three to six months, at which time the muscle regains movement and wrinkles will reappear.
Normal daily activities can be resumed immediately after treatment, but avoid exercising or strenuous activity for 24 hours following treatment.
Sit upright, do not lie down and avoid pressing on or massaging the treated area for at least four hours after treatment.
The most common side effects from Botox are headache and temporary bruising or redness at the injection sites. An over the counter pain reliever may be taken to alleviate discomfort.
As the effects of Botox wear off and wrinkles reappear, repeat injections may be administered. There may be some temporary swelling and redness in the treated area, which should dissipate within a few days. If these symptoms persist, contact your doctor.
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