Botox has been around for decades, but it was 2002 when it became the rock star of the aesthetic world. That was the year the FDA approved Botox for cosmetic use in the treatment of wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. Since then, Botox injections have become the single most popular cosmetic treatment year after year all across the globe.
Why all the adulation? Botox works. It effectively turns back the clock on facial aging on the upper third of the face. Botox targets the areas around the eyes and on the forehead, reducing or eliminating the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
At CRS Plastic Surgery, only Dr. Low or Dr. Cheung handle our Botox injections. Their board-certified training and extensive knowledge of facial anatomy ensures you’ll get the results you seek with Botox.
How does Botox work?
Botox is derived from the botulinum toxin type A, the bacteria that cause botulism. This sounds scary, but back in the 1950s scientists found that this neurotoxin, when injected in very small amounts into a muscle, temporarily paralyzes that muscle. This is important because certain wrinkles and creases on the face are caused by the repeated contractions of muscles. These are called dynamic wrinkles. Actions such as smiling, squinting, and frowning create dynamic wrinkles. So, when Botox is injected into a muscle forming a wrinkle, it blocks the message sent from the nerve to the brain telling the muscle to contract. Without any message the muscle doesn’t contract, so the wrinkle above it either disappears or becomes far less noticeable. This continues for four to six months; at which time the body eventually absorbs the now-inert Botox and the muscles start to contract once again and the wrinkles return.
What wrinkles is Botox effective on?
Botox doesn’t work on static wrinkles. These are the type of wrinkles that show themselves at all times. Static wrinkles are often the result of sun damage and normal aging. Botox is very effective on wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), forehead lines, and lines that form between the brows (the 11s).
What occurs following treatment with Botox?
A Botox session takes just a few minutes. There is no downtime, although there may be some slight swelling and redness at the injection sites. Patients also need to avoid rubbing the injected areas for 12 hours, as that can cause the Botox to migrate to unwanted spots. Results usually take from three to seven days to fully show themselves.