What is Botox and how does it work?

Despite being a well-known product in today’s society, it’s common to hear people ask ” What is Botox, and how does it work?” There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation about this amazing product.
Botox is a purified protein made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used medically to treat certain muscular conditions such as blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids), cervical dystopia (severe neck and shoulder muscle spasms), chronic migraines, severe axillary hyperhidrosis (excessive underarm sweating) and overactive bladder just to name a few. Cosmetically, it is used to improve the appearance of wrinkles, by temporarily inhibiting muscle movement.

In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, at the junction where the nerve endings meet the muscle cells. The acetylcholine attaches to the receptors on the muscle cells and this causes the muscle to contract. Botox prevents the release of the acetylcholine, preventing the contraction of the muscle cells, thereby allowing the muscle to remain relaxed.

In cosmetic use, a very small dose is used to treat primarily lines on the upper face which are caused by muscle contraction. Specifically, frown lines (number 11’s between the eyebrows), crows feet and forehead lines. Once the underlying muscles are relaxed, the wrinkles gradually improve, as the skin takes this opportunity to heal itself.

Botox is the number one cosmetically sought treatment with over 3 million treatments performed every year. Typically patients begin to see results within a few days, with the effects lasting 3-4 months on average.

It is no longer necessary to put up with lines and wrinkles that make you look tired or angry.

If you are considering Botox treatment, a comprehensive consultation with one of our clinic physicians or Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialists is the first step. Contact The Best You today to arrange your personalized consultation. You will be glad you did!