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Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) is used esthetically to decrease the appearance of aging by reducing muscle movement. Receiving Botulinum Toxin takes only a few minutes and there’s no need for anesthesia or down time. The injections are made using a very fine needle and are virtually painless.
The mechanism of action is really quite simple; it is injected into facial muscles but really doesn’t affect the muscle at all. Botox® works by blocking the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle. Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract, causing wrinkles in the skin to smooth. There is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles.
The esthetic effects of Botulinum Toxin typically last three to four months. As the treated muscles regain movement, lines and wrinkles will begin to reappear and require retreatment. Over time, these lines and wrinkles should appear less noticeable due to training the treated muscles to relax.
The areas typically treated with Botulinum Toxin (Botox®) for wrinkles are the forehead, between the eyes (glabellar region), around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) and around the lips (smokers lines or gummy smile).