These muscles originate from the bones of the facial skeleton and insert into the skin. Fine lines and wrinkles are a part of skin aging. You may still be young, but your skin might have aged early due to the natural breakdown of collagen and elastin in your skin, and years of exposure to harmful UV rays from the sun. You can not avoid wrinkles and fine lines but they can be delayed with a good skin care regime. Once they appear, you can always count on Botox for a youthful appearance.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME WITH BOTOX TREATMENTS
WHAT IS BOTOX?
Botox is a chemical prescription that is derived from Botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein which is produced by the Clostridium Botulinum bacteria and related species. Though there are eight types of Botulinum toxin, only Type ‘A’ and type ‘B’ are used commercially in research, medicine, and cosmetics. The commercial form of Botulinum toxin is marketed as Botox.
Botox has become a household name as it is popularly used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. FDA approved Botox for medical and commercial use in 1989. It was first approved to treat various muscle spasms and diseases caused by overactive muscles. Medically, it is also used to treat problems such as excessive sweating, repetitive neck spasms, lazy eyes, overactive bladders and also helps prevent chronic migraines in some people. Botox is also used to treat lower limb spasticity in pediatric patients and infantile esotropia.
THE HISTORY OF BOTOX
Dr. Richard Clark, a plastic surgeon from Sacramento, California, documented the cosmetic effect of Botulinum-A on wrinkles. A canadian couple, dermatologist Alastair Carruthers and ophthalmologist Jean Carruthers, were first to publish a study on Botulinum-A. They observed that patients who received injections around the eyes and upper face enjoyed diminished frown lines and diminished lines between the eyebrows. Columbia University observed similar results. After a clinical trial, Botox for cosmetic use was approved by the FDA in 2002.
Cosmetic use of Botulinum toxin type A has become prevalent and recognized for the ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles. These injections temporarily paralyze muscle activity by releasing neurotransmitters from the nerve into the muscle.
IS BOTOX TREATMENT RIGHT FOR YOU?
If you have never had a Botox treatment, our aesthetics professionals will determine whether you are eligible for this treatment. You are a suitable candidate if:
- You are between the ages 18-65 years
- You are not allergic to any ingredients present in Botox or Botox cosmetic
- You are not allergic to any other brand of botulinum toxin
- You do not have any skin infection or any other condition in the area to be treated
- You do not have any breathing problems such as asthma
- You do not have any disease that affects your muscles or nerves
- You are not pregnant or breastfeeding
There are several other restrictions that our aesthetics professionals will discuss with you. You will also be asked about your present medical condition, your medical history, your family medical history, medications taken regularly and so on. All this information helps us determine whether or not you are a suitable candidate.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT BOTOX INJECTIONS
Botox is not a permanent treatment. It usually lasts three to four months. For continuous results, you must schedule treatments at regular intervals. Your wrinkles and fine lines will gradually return if treatment is discontinued. Several factors determine the Botox period. These factors may either shorten or lengthen the period:
- If you are old or have less muscle tone, you may notice the results diminish sooner than those with younger, firmer facial muscles.
- Smoking has an adverse effect on Botox.
- Your facial structure and expressions can either shorten or lengthen the Botox effect.
- Your skin care regime, whether you take good care of your skin, facials, and resurfacing methods can determine the results of Botox.
- How much sun you get and the damage caused by the UV rays also affect the result of Botox.
The effect of Botox changes from one person to another. Some obtain a longer-lasting result while others may see the result diminish sooner than expected. It is essential to follow a good skin care routine and a nourishing diet for better health and glowing skin.