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As you age, your skin and muscle structure lose their resilience, and you’ll start to see an increase in lines and wrinkles that don’t go away.
If you decide that you are ready to get rid of those crow’s feet and frown lines by trying Botox® Cosmetic, contact Winchester Smiles of Winchester, VA, and schedule your consultation today.
What Is Botox®?
Botox® is a prescription medicine that is injected into your muscles. Derived from the botulinum toxin, Botox® works by blocking communication between the nerves in the particular muscle area where it is injected. Botox® is used to treat various medical conditions. It is also used for cosmetic purposes.
Types of Botox®
There are two types of Botox®. Onabotulinumtoxin A, marketed as Botox®, is used primarily for therapeutic purposes. Some of the conditions treated with Botox® include:
- Overactive bladder and incontinence
- Chronic migraine
- Muscle stiffness and spasticity
- Cervical dystonia, including abnormal head positions and neck pain
- Strabismus, or wandering eye
- Spasms of the eyelid (blepharospasm)
Botox® is also used therapeutically to treat excessive sweating in the armpits.
Botox® Cosmetic, or Onabotulinumtoxin B, as the brand name states, is used for aesthetic purposes. Injections of this version of Botox® are primarily in the forehead. The injections improve the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles and lines in the forehead, between the eyebrows, in the corners of the eyes, and around the lips.
How Does Botox® Work?
Botox® works by interrupting transmission between the various nerves of an area of muscles where it has been injected. As a result, it temporarily weakens that muscle and prevents a specific kind of wrinkle called a dynamic wrinkle.
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles in the skin that are the result of the repetitive movements of muscles. Over time, those movements will result in lines and wrinkles that do not fade or disappear even when the muscle is at rest. By injecting Botox® into the muscle, the muscle contraction is weakened, decreasing the wrinkle over the muscle.
Considerations When Choosing Botox® Cosmetic
Botox® is safe and FDA-approved, but it is vitally important to get your treatment from a trained professional, such as the skilled technicians at Winchester Smiles. Botox® injection is a medical procedure and should be treated as one. Potential risks decrease substantially if you do so.
Botox® injections are not permanent. Since the injection is derived from an organic source, it will metabolize in your body. Most treatments will last three to five months, though that can vary. If you have a high metabolism or exercise vigorously regularly, treatment may not last as long.
After you get a Botox® treatment, you should:
- Avoid excessive sweating or exercise for 24 hours
- Continue with your regular daily skin-care regimen
- Avoid touching the injection sites so the Botox® can settle properly
- Avoid sun exposure to prevent bruising