What Is Botox?
If you’ve been curious about the Botox procedure or have considered getting Botox in the past, it is important to thoroughly research the topic before committing to getting it done. Botox can stop the signs of aging, and here is more information on how it does that.
Botox is the trade name for a cosmetic substance that includes the neurotoxin botulinum. In large and uncontrolled amounts, this toxin can cause botulism, a form of food poisoning. However, in small and controlled doses used by cosmetic surgeons, it can soften the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles, and prevent them from worsening.
Along with being used for cosmetic issues, Botox can be used to treat medical conditions like uncontrolled blinking, excessive body sweat, migraine headaches, writer’s cramp, dystonia, and lazy eye. It can also be used to treat bladder overactivity and some prostate problems.
The way Botox works is by blocking nerve impulses to the affected muscles. The muscles that are no longer receiving the impulses will stop contracting, causing the wrinkles above to relax and eventually soften. And since the muscles are no longer contracting, the skin above will not develop deeper and more pronounced wrinkling (and don’t worry- correctly administered Botox will still allow you to make normal facial expressions).
Botox is an excellent alternative to a traditional facelift for patients in their 30s. Patients around that age have usually just started developing signs of aging around the eyes (usually due to sun exposure and squinting), but not around the cheek or mid-face area. The injections will treat the wrinkles that are presenting, without the stress and recovery of a full surgery.
Patients can also combine the treatment with other treatments, like laser facials, chemical peels, dermal fillers, and various plastic surgeries. Botox itself consists of a block of injections done with a very fine needle.