What is BOTOX and How Does It Work?
BOTOX is actually a natural, purified protein from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum and acts as a muscle-contraction blocking agent. BOTOX blocks the chemical signal from the nerve endings that produce the muscle contraction.
When administered by a skilled physician, the final result is natural and pleasing to the majority of patients, and the phenomenon of "frozen" facial appearance is avoided. BOTOX is designed to eliminate frown lines between the eyebrows, wrinkles around the eyes and horizontal lines on the forehead that are caused by contracted muscles.
BOTOX Treatment Procedure
BOTOX comes from the manufacturer as a white powder sealed in a vial. The doctor will add saline solution to the vial just before he treats you. It is important that the BOTOX be freshly reconstituted to be most effective. The more concentrated the BOTOX (the less saline added) the stronger it will be and fewer injections will be needed.
With great care and precision, the BOTOX will be injected into the facial muscles that are causing your lines and wrinkles. The sites for injection are prepared and the doctor uses a tiny microneedle, so that a small amount of BOTOX is precisely injected into several locations on the face. As the muscles weaken, the skin overlying the muscles also relaxes causing the wrinkles to soften. Pain is minimal - comparable to a bug bite. But best of all the results are immediate.
After BOTOX Injection Treatment
Patients may experience slight, temporary bruising at the injection site, which can be covered with makeup. BOTOX injections are recommended every three to five months and often can be done on your lunch hour.