What is so special about Botox?
As you grow older your skin becomes less elastic due to the loss of collagen and reduced vascularization of tissues. Wrinkles occur when certain muscles become more dominant and the skin does not have the ability to be as elastic in response to these muscle contractions.
Because the muscles of the face are relatively small, it is necessary to introduce the medicine by injection so that the exact placement and effect is achieved. By introducing the medicine into the exact muscle group responsible for the wrinkling, various aesthetic enhancements can be obtained in addition to elimination of wrinkles.
What Is Botox?
Botox (Botulinum Toxin-A) is a medicine that relaxes muscles by inhibiting the secretion of acetylcholine needed for muscle contraction. It has been used for the past 25 years to treat neuromuscular disorders such as TMJ, chronic neck spasms, tension headaches, and even overactive sweat glands.
Best Candidates For Botox
Obviously, any patient who has wrinkles is a potential candidate for Botox. Some patients have more wrinkles than others so they typically require more treatment, but some people will benefit from less intense treatment to prevent more wrinkles later. There are patients who are not good candidates for Botox because of underlying medical problems, so it is important to discuss your medical history with your provider.
What To Expect With Botox
Every patient is different, so there may be a different response to Botox therapy. It takes 7-10 days for the treatment to take full effect. Some patients may have to have “touch ups” after their initial treatment and most providers will recommend a follow up visit within that time frame to do so. Most patients can expect some potential swelling or bruising immediately after their treatment, but this can be minimized by following post treatment care guidelines as instructed by your provider.
Expected Cost of Botox
Botox therapy is typically priced by the unit or the area of treatment. It is an effective non-surgical option for many in achieving a more youthful appearance.