What is Botox?

Botox is a drug that has been used for years to treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a toxin made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are other brands, such as Nabota and Destox. Botox is the term you hear most often because it was the first injectable botulinum toxin.

How does Botox work?

Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscle can’t contract. That makes wrinkles relax and soften. Botox is most often used on forehead lines, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and frown lines. Botox won’t help with wrinkles caused by sun damage or gravity.

How is a Botox procedure done?

  • Getting Botox takes only a few minutes.
  • The provider uses a small needle to inject Botox into specific muscles with only minor discomfort.
  • It generally takes 7 to 14 days to take full effect.
  • You should also stop taking aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications 2 weeks before treatment to help prevent bruising.
  • Avoid rubbing the injection site for 24 hours so you don’t spread the Botox to another area. 

Area to treat with botox 

  • Frown lines
  • Forehead lines
  • Bunny lines – lines across the bridge of the nose
  • Crow’s feet – lines on the upper two-thirds of the lateral eye
  • Mentalis dysfunction – ‘Dents’ in the chin
  • Brow lift – creates a lifting effect of the brow

How long does a Botox shot last?

The effects from Botox will last 3 to 6 months. As muscle action slowly returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are shrinking.

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