BOTOX is one of the world’s most well-known brands. It has been around for decades, but it became a sensation in 2002 when the FDA approved BOTOX® for cosmetic use treating wrinkles on the upper third of the face. Why all the hoopla? Because BOTOX® works.
We offer BOTOX® for our BodiSculpting patients in Bend, Sisters* Albany, Florence* or Roseburg, OR.
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What Is Botox?
BOTOX® is classified as a neuromodulator. It is made from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that cause botulism. That sounds scary, but it’s not. Researchers way back in the 40s found that when the botulinum toxin was injected in very minute amounts into a muscle it temporarily caused that muscle to stop contracting, to stay relaxed. BOTOX® was born from that research. After 20 years of clinical testing, BOTOX® received its first FDA approval in 1989 to treat involuntary eyelid spasms. It was approved for cosmetic use on the upper third of the face in 2002.
How Does BOTOX Work?
When injected into a muscle, BOTOX® blocks the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This is the nerve messenger that travels to the brain signaling the brain to contract the muscle. Since the nerve message is blocked and never gets to the brain, the muscle stays relaxed. So what does that have to do with wrinkles such as crow’s feet?
Most of the wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face are caused by muscle contractions under the surface skin. These are how we form expressions, such as frowning, showing surprise, squinting, and others. Over time, as our skin loses elasticity and thins, these repeated muscle contractions begin to form a line or wrinkle on the skin above. These muscle contractions form crow’s feet on the outside of the eyes, the 11s between the brows, and forehead lines. When BOTOX® is injected into the muscles creating these wrinkles, it stops the contractions, so the wrinkles don’t form.
BOTOX® Treatment Areas
BOTOX® was approved by the FDA for the treatment of wrinkles on the upper third of the face. This is the expressive area. If you make an expression such as a frown, you can feel the muscles on your forehead, brow, and around your eyes engaged. These muscles form wrinkles on the surface skin, known as “dynamic wrinkles.” Dynamic wrinkles are crow’s feet on the outside of the eyes, the 11s between the brows, and forehead lines. BOTOX® only works on dynamic wrinkles.
What Is Involved With A BOTOX® Treatment Session?
BOTOX® was the original “lunchtime procedure” because it takes just 10-15 minutes for a session. Our experienced injectors use a very tiny needle with BOTOX®, so patients generally do not need or request topical numbing cream. Plus, the BOTOX® is not injected to great depth. Once we discuss the areas you want to address, we inject the BOTOX® and you’re done in just 15 minutes or so. There is no downtime, and you can go right back to work or your other activities.
When Will I See Results After My BOTOX® Injections?
Unlike dermal fillers such as Juvederm® that simply fill in areas of volume loss and provide instant results, it takes around four days to start to see results from BOTOX®. That’s because, once injected, BOTOX® needs to begin the process of blocking the nerve messages so that the muscle stays relaxed.
After it fully takes hold, which is usually within 2 weeks, BOTOX® effectively erases wrinkles on the upper third of the face for about four months. At that point, the muscles will begin to contract again and your crow’s feet and other wrinkles will return. Another BOTOX® session at that point will maintain your results.
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What Are Other Medical Uses Of BOTOX®?
The medical uses of BOTOX® keep expanding. What started as a treatment to stop involuntary eyelids spasms keeps adding more areas where BOTOX® is effective. Beyond wrinkles, BOTOX® is now used to treat all of these conditions:
- Hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating)
- Upper limb spasticity
- Lower limb spasticity
- Cervical dystonia (neck spasms)
- Chronic migraine headache prevention
- Urinary incontinence
- Overactive bladder
- Temporomandibular joint disorder
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Side Effects Of BOTOX® Injections
Year in and year out, BOTOX® injections are the most popular cosmetic procedure, surgical or non-surgical, across the globe. BOTOX® is approved for cosmetic use in 98 countries. To date over 13 million vials of BOTOX® have been sold in the U.S. alone. BOTOX® has been the subject of nearly 500 studies and scientific journal articles and has been found to be very effective and safe. Side effects are typically redness and minor swelling at the injection sites. These issues pass within a day or so. Patients need to not rub the injection sites to not push the BOTOX® to an unintended muscle. More serious side effects, such as eyelid drooping are possible, but are usually the result of inexperienced injectors. Our team at BodiSculpting Specialists has extensive training and experience with BOTOX®.
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