Botox, a purified form of botulinum toxin A, has become a highly popular treatment for the reduction of the appearance of wrinkles. There is no risk when used properly. The product itself works to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by blocking the messages to the nerves which control the muscles under the skin. The muscles relax which means that the wrinkles fade as well. The NewSkin Laser Center website notes that strategically injected Botox is beneficial in helping with wrinkles in the forehead, frown lines, crows feet and bunny lines. They explain that knowing where to inject Botox is an art and that Botox injected by a medical doctor will result in the most aesthetically pleasing results. Too much Botox can result in “frozen” looks as opposed to a fresh, natural look achieved through properly injected, correct amounts of the treatment.

Botox has been used to treat a number of conditions over the years, including uncontrolled blinking of the eyes, overactive saliva, and sweat glands, and even preventing migraines from occurring. Its uses as a cosmetic product were discovered accidentally. But its benefits are undeniable, and today people around the world use it for a variety of treatments.

Benefits

For the purposes of reducing wrinkles, Botox is most effective on wrinkles that have not quite set in yet. This is when the wrinkle is in the process of becoming a permanent part of the skin, but not quite. It is far less effective on wrinkles that have set in. Basically, wrinkling is caused when the muscles under the skin contract over time. When the skin starts to lose its collagen, the repeated muscle movement such as the crow’s feet around the eyes and the lines on the forehead start to set in.

Botox does not address the source of the wrinkling, it only relaxes the muscles so that they do not contract. When used properly, it provides a smooth appearance to the skin around the eyes and forehead. It also may give off a deadened appearance depending on how much is used. So, please keep your expectations in line before getting a Botox injection.

Side Effects

The side effects of the Botox itself are usually quite small and do not occur with every patient. Some of the effects include the following:

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Headaches
  • Bruising

In rare cases, Botox may cause the eyelids or eyebrows to droop. However, even in these cases the condition is temporary and will be restored when the botox leaves the body over time. If you are taking blood thinner medication or using natural products that thin the blood, such as Vitamin E, fish oil pills, or gingko to name a few, then you should stop for at least two weeks prior to getting a Botox injection.

Effectiveness

The Botox works by essentially blocking the chemicals which cause the muscles under the skin to contract. It has proven to be highly effective for those who seek to reduce the appearance of wrinkling, although the effect itself is temporary and needs to be repeated every few months. The side effects are minimal when injected properly and in the right amounts. Plus, the treatments can be repeated with the same effect for years to come.

Botox is highly effective, works for most people, and the amount of the product can be adjusted if you want a more natural, expressive appearance. It’s important that you get your treatments from a board-certified professional for the best results.

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