How Does Botox Work?

Are you considering botox but would like to know exactly how it works before getting treatment?  It’s okay to have questions about botox, as this will help determine if it’s the right option for you.   Botox is a popular non-surgical cosmetic treatment that is used worldwide to temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  But how does botox work?

What Does Botox Treat?

Botox treats dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that form due to the repeated contraction of the facial muscles.   These wrinkles appear when you smile, frown, or squint.  Dynamic wrinkles include frown lines (vertical lines between the brows, also known as glabellar lines), forehead lines, and crow’s feet (lines at the corner of the eyes). 

How Does Botox Work?

Botox is made from the bacterium clostridium botulinum.  It is a neurotoxin, so it works by relaxing the muscles that cause wrinkles.  When botox is injected into the facial muscles, it prevents the nerves from releasing a neurotransmitter that makes them contract.   As the muscles relax, the existing wrinkles look smoother.   The effects of botox are visible within 5-7 days of treatment.  

How Long Does Botox Last?

The wrinkle-reducing benefits of botox typically last 3-4 months.  Muscle movement will gradually return, and wrinkles will start to reappear.   Consequently, Botox injections must be repeated to continually enjoy the benefits. 

What To Expect After Treatment?

There is no downtime after Botox so patients can resume regular activities right after treatment.  However, they should avoid rubbing the injection site for at least 24 hours as it may cause Botox to spread to unintended areas.  

When botox is injected properly there will be less movement in the face but patients should look completely natural.  It’s therefore best to consult with a licensed, trained botox injector who is an expert in facial anatomy.  

Botox is a safe, effective way to refresh your look and give your face a smoother, more youthful appearance.  

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