What is Botox?
Botox Cosmetics is a popular, well known and the oldest brand of botulinum toxin (like Kleenex is for tissue paper) out there and it stems from a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum.
There are similar neurotoxins out there that also help to get rid of wrinkles such as Xeomin and Dysport. In very small and controlled amounts, it is carefully injected into muscles that cause wrinkles, temporarily decreasing tension of the muscles, therefore smoothing out the wrinkles.
To understand the science behind how Botox works, we have to understand how the wrinkles are formed in relations to our facial muscles. Over time and with repetitive facial movements, like frowning, squinting and smiling, our skin begins to develop lines that gets deeper and deeper.
The action of Botox lies at the site where it is injected. When the Botox is injected
in the muscle, it inhibits the signal between the nerve endings and muscle fibers.
Blocking this signal decreases or eliminates the contractions of the muscles.
No overactive muscle activities and no contractions means no deep wrinkles.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
• Frown lines
• Crow’s feet (lateral sides of the eyes)
• Horizontal forehead lines
• Bunny lines (wrinkles that form when scrunching up the nose)
• Lip lines (smoker’s line)
• Jaw line (masseter muscle)
• Armpits (excessive sweating)