In 1970, Alan Scott, a San Francisco ophthalmologist, first discovered the ability of botulinum toxin to relax certain muscles. Soon enough scientists realized that it could be used in cosmetology, and since then “beauty injections” have become one of the most popular anti-wrinkle weapon.
Botox blocks acetylcholine release, muscle contraction, and wrinkles. An acetylcholine released, muscle contracts, frown lines form.
The chemical compound acetylcholine (often abbreviated ACh) is a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are endogenous chemicals that transmit signals from a neuron to a target cell across a synapse. A synapse is a structure that permits a neuron to pass an electrical or chemical signal to another cell (neural or otherwise).
BOTOX has been used therapeutically for over 15 years to treat a variety of medical conditions. It is approved in more than 75 countries.
BOTOX Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines: forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, “bunny lines” transverse, chin dents … in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time.
BOTOX Cosmetic is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles. It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes wrinkles to form. Individual results may vary.
This figure shows how Botox procedure works:
1. Repeated Contraction of Muscles: causes wrinkles to form.
2. Botolinum Toxin (Botox): temporarily paralyzes muscle.
3. Paralyzed Muscle: relaxes facial expression. This prevents and eliminates wrinkles
Botox Cosmetic treatment is quick and minimally invasive, simple, no downtime, minimal and brief discomfort. The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes. Discomfort is minimal and brief – most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. You may resume normal activity immediately. During treatment, very low doses of BOTOX Cosmetic are administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles that cause those stubborn facial lines.
Before the treatment consult your doctor to determine whether you are a candidate for treatment with BOTOX Cosmetic. Ask the doctor any questions you may have about your expectations for treatment. Discuss treatment goals and finalize a customized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
The Treatment no anesthesia is required. However, your doctor may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. Discomfort is usually minimal and brief. Doctor will administer a few tiny injections of BOTOX Cosmetic directly into the muscles that cause those moderate-to-severe face lines. Approximately 10 minutes for the entire treatment.
After the Treatment no downtime is needed – you’re ready to get on with your day!
The physician will give specific aftercare instructions.
You can expect to see results between 3 days and 2 weeks after the injections and for women generally onset more quickly than men.
In fact, most people tolerate Botox quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they either requires no treatment or is easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
The effects of Botox are noticeable one to two days after the procedure and can last up to six months. Since Botox only stays in the body for a maximum of six months, any side effects associated with the medication will diminish after that time period. People who continue to receive treatments may continue to experience side effects. The common side effects include nausea, flu syndrome, respiratory infection, forehead and eyelid drooping, and headache.
Less common Botox risks include symptoms that are generally associated with the injection. These include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, redness, swelling, numbness, bruising, muscle weakness and bleeding. Normally, these symptoms generally subside within a week after injection.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to tell if any particular side effect such as headache is caused by Botox or by other factors.
Many side effects, drug interactions, and effectiveness can not be detected when drugs are approved. They may be found only after drugs have been used by millions of people and for a long time. On eHealthMe.com, you can study 30 million latest drug outcomes since 1977 from FDA and community, and personalize the study to your gender or age.
On Aug, 31, 2011: 7,116 people who reported to have side effects when taking Botox are studied.
Top 10 overall Botox side effects:
Drug Ineffective – 2,232, Asthenia (Weakness) – 861 , Muscular Weakness (Weakness) – 861, Eyelid Ptosis – 635, Dysphagia (Swallowing difficulty) – 498, Therapeutic Response Decreased – 469, Headache – 458, Wrong Technique In Drug Usage Process – 333, Injection Site Pain – 319, Nausea – 283.
DIY (Do-It-Yourself) Botox.
For a single treatment of Botox, doctors charge about $300. These high prices are enough for some consumers to take their business away from medical professionals, and go instead to the Web. They are “doing it themselves,” ordering prescription-only products online, and injecting themselves at home.
If Botox doesn’t suit to you, you could consider a face lift, brow lift, eye lift, restylane and/or laser resurfacing combined with injectable dermal fillers. Although these procedures will not address the repeated facial movements that cause expression lines to appear, they can help significantly with their appearance.
A face lift is today a great way for men and women of different ages to look younger in one surgical procedure with long lasting results.
Today’s face lifts usually extends below the skin to reposition underlying facial muscles, tighten saggy skin, reduce the appearance of wrinkles and reduce excess skin. A face lift can be tailored to meet the patient’s needs so that he or she can achieve a rejuvenated and natural look.
1. Excess skin causes wrinkles
2. Incisions are made and a strip of skin is removed
3. Skin is pulled tight, which eliminates wrinkles
4. Skin is sticked back in place
There have been many advances developed to make face lifts look more natural. Face Lift surgeons today are able to achieve incredible results with minimal scarring.