BOTOX® Injections by Women Surgeons
Botox is used to reduce wrinkles, frown lines, crow’s feet around the eyes, and furrows in the forehead. But, it was actually introduced by ophthalmologists who used it when treating optic muscle disorders. In 2002 it received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to be used to treat frown lines that can develop between the eyes. Now, Botox is extremely popular as a nonsurgical cosmetic procedure. It is even used to treat severe perspiration in the underarm area or palms of the hands, as well as for reducing migraine headaches.
How Botox Works
The muscles in the face move to create expressions. The face can reflect emotion and feelings. The use of these muscles, over time, will cause the skin of the face to crease and wrinkle. Facial muscle movement will result in the skin becoming less elastic and the frown lines and wrinkles will eventually remain on the face as a person ages.
An injection of Botox will block the muscle activity that causes lines and wrinkles in the face. If the muscle activity is reduced the lines and furrows on the face will also be reduced. A chemical in the body called acetylcholine is what triggers muscle contractions. Botox blocks that chemical and will paralyze the muscles for up to three months.
Botox is actually a form of botulism toxins which are paralytic. That is what makes it so effective at stopping the muscle activity that results in frown lines and crow’s feet. The injection consists of an infinitesimal amount of the toxin and is totally harmless to the body.
Once Botox is injected into the problem areas it will take up to one week to see improvement in the unwanted lines around the face. The muscles will paralyze and not move when the face reacts to an expressive moment. But the lack of movement is natural and gives a much more youthful appearance to the face. It is especially beneficial to those who have severe lines that have formed between the eyes from frowning or squinting.
The injections of Botox are made directly into the muscle to eliminate the contractions of the muscles. Since it is injected into a specific area there is no risk of the Botox spreading to other areas of the face or body. Eventually the effects of the Botox will wear off and the muscles will begin contracting again. How long the treatment lasts depends on the person; some people will need new treatments in three months, some say it lasts up to eight months.
The use of Botox is recommended for people age 25 to age 65. Men and women alike are getting Botox treatments. Many older people are getting the injections to make them look more youthful, especially when they are competing in the job market. Others get the injections because of the severity of frown lines or wrinkling of the face.
The Botox Procedure
The most important part of getting a Botox treatment is ensuring the physician selects the right injection point for the Botox. The physician will generally mark the face where the injections will be placed. The injection will occur at the exact point where the muscle contracts, which may not be where the wrinkle or lines are seen.
A Botox procedure should only be performed in a licensed physician’s office, with the physician using sterilized instruments. The physician might use a numbing cream before the injections, and some people may prefer a local anesthesia. The needles used are very fine and the procedure should be relatively painless. Some discomfort may be felt, but it is nothing that will prevent the person from resuming normal activities immediately. The total procedure should take no more than a half hour, depending on the amount of injections being received.
Make-up can be applied after the injections, so there is no reason why anyone, including coworkers, should know about the Botox procedure. Staying out of harsh sunlight for a few days is usually recommended.
There are not many harmful side effects to the Botox treatments. Redness or swelling can occur, as well as temporary drooping of the eyelid or eyebrow. People who are taking blood thinners, anti-inflammation medications, or aspirin should wait at least two weeks before engaging in Botox treatments. It is not recommended for anyone allergic to botulinum toxins, human albumin, anyone with neuromuscular disease, or who is breast feeding or pregnant.
Results of Botox
Botox can take years off a face and bring back a youthful, relaxed, stress-free look. When a person feels good about how they look, their whole outlook is more confident and positive.