Botox is a medical therapy that relaxes muscles by inhibiting the secretion of acetylcholine needed for muscle contraction. There are many misconceptions concerning botox. It has been used for the past 25 years to treat such medical conditions as cervical dystonia, TMJ, and other neuromuscular disorders.
As you grow older your skin becomes less elastic due to the loss of collagen and reduced vascularization of tissues. Wrinkles (rhytids) occur when certain muscles become more dominant and the skin does not have the ability to be as elastic in response to these muscle contractions. In addition, muscles become constrictive and naturally form creases and rhytids. Dynamic rhytids (not a crease of the skin) can be eliminated or lessened by relaxing the dominant muscle as it competes against either an inferior muscle or in constricting skin elasticity. This is why certain patients of differing ages start to form wrinkles at different times as compared to other individuals.
Because muscles of the face are relatively small, it is necessary to introduce the medicine by injection so that the exact placement and the effect is achieved. By introducing the medicine into the exact muscle group responsible for the wrinkling, various aesthetic enhancements can be obtained in addition to elimination of the rhytids. Wrinkles of the forehead, crows feet, frown lines, and eyebrow shaping can easily be achieved. Other specialty injections for gummy smiles, dimpled chin, bunny lines, vertical lip lines, and sad smile can be performed with botox.
How long does botox last?
Whatever your aesthetic needs, botox is a very safe procedure. Depending upon your own metabolism and receiving regular treatments, it can last for 3 months or longer. Our individualized treatments are painless and take particular attention not to cause bruising and to look natural. See for yourself why we are the “experts” concerning botox and fillers and why we give results and not just treatments.