Many people wish they looked younger, but surgical cosmetic procedures like face-lifts just aren’t in the cards. In fact, extensive surgical procedures often aren’t necessary. Fortunately, there are alternatives to cosmetic surgical procedures with lengthy recovery periods. Botox injections are one such cosmetic solution.
BOTOX cosmetic is the most popular, non-surgical cosmetic treatment in North America. Botox works by temporarily reducing or eliminating frown lines, forehead creases, crow’s feet near the eyes, and thick bands in the neck. Botox injections temporarily block the nerve impulses, causing the muscles to relax, which in turn gives the skin a smoother more refreshed appearance.
Botox injections are administered in a medical setting as a sterile, purified protein. Small doses of Botox block the release of a chemical called acetylcholine by nerve cells that signal muscle contraction. By selectively interfering with the underlying muscles’ ability to contract, existing expression lines are smoothed out and in most cases, are nearly invisible in a week.
One 10-minute treatment – a few tiny injections – block the nerve impulses and relaxes the muscles. As the botox relaxes the muscle, the dynamic wrinkle overlying the muscle is smoothed away. Since the Botox treatment only relaxes the muscle beneath the line at the Botox injection site, it has no effect on other elements of facial expression. It also has no effect on the sensory nerves, allowing for normal feeling in the treated areas. The effects of Botox injections usually last three to four months, at which time another injection is required. After several treatments, the effects often begin to last longer.
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