Botox Basics

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Botox is an injectable used to target wrinkles created by the contraction of facial muscle groups of the upper face. Botox is a neurotoxin derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. Botox works by preventing the release of a chemical messenger, acetylcholine, at the junction between the nerves and muscles. Botox prevents the release of acetylcholine, preventing contraction of the muscle cells. By preventing the release of acetylcholine, Botox lessens the movement of specific muscles of the face that cause wrinkles.

Botox is also used off label to treat over 20 different medical conditions, including migraines, semi facial spasm, masseter hypertrophy, and severe sweating. Current research is even looking at the effect of Botox treatment on depression.

The areas that are treated most often with Botox include the forehead, the area between the eyebrows (glabella), and the crows feet (on the side of the eyes). The goal is to soften these tell-tale stigmata of aging without leaving the face looking flat and emotionless. This can be a difficult needle to thread. If done correctly, however, Botox can make the face look younger and more relaxed, raise the eyebrows, and make the eyes look more open.

Continued treatment with Botox will prevent the formation or the worsening of the etched-in horizontal lines of the forehead and the vertical lines between the eyes (the 11’s). Combination treatment of Botox with laser treatments or peels can help smooth deeper, etched-in lines that may persist with Botox treatments alone.

 

Botox Before and After

Botox Before and After – 7 Days (courtesy Allergan)

 

Botox is injected using a very fine needle into the affected areas. Most patients experience little discomfort and by the time they return home or to the office any redness or swelling has disappeared. The affect of Botox begins to be noticed at 2 – 5 days after treatment. Botox lasts for about 3-6 months, however, the exact timeframe is patient specific. Most patients end up coming in for a Botox treatment every 4 months.
 
Botox is a low risk, high impact products that allow for non-surgical rejuvenation of the face. In otherwise healthy patients, injections with Botox are generally well tolerated and there are few side effects. Botox can be used alone or concert with fillers or combined more invasive surgical facial rejuvenation such as a facelift or blepharoplasty. Dr. David Tauber and DeLuca Plastic Surgery tailor all of these services to each individual patient.

DeLucaPlastic Surgery Botox new patient price is $10 per-unit (1st session).

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