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.
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.
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
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.
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.