After more than 30 years of medical use, type A botulinum toxin injection has been the most popular non-invasive cosmetic surgery. Many people receive Botox injections every year to prevent or reduce the appearance of aging. Here is all the information you need to know before injecting Botox.
1.What is Botox?
Botox is an injection therapy that reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is made from botulinum toxin type A, which is naturally produced by bacteria living in soil, lakes, forests and other areas. The toxin is toxic when used in large quantities, however, very small doses of Botulinum type A have a wide range of cosmetic benefits and almost no side effects.
2. Benefits of Botox
Botox is known for its ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It can smooth frown lines, treat crow's feet, remove necklines, treat chin dimples, etc. As time goes by, obvious lines appear on your face. Fortunately, these lines can be softened or removed with a quick Botox injection.
Botox is also very effective in reducing masseter muscles. The main cause of a square chin or chubby cheeks is usually masseter hypertrophy. Botox injections can reduce muscle consumption in this area, thereby contracting the masseter muscles and making the jawline thinner. Botox has now been found to help treat hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating. Many people with hyperhidrosis find this situation very embarrassing. At this time, using botulinum toxin can stop or reduce perspiration in specific areas.
The following are some popular areas of Botox injections:
• On the forehead to reduce the appearance of frown lines and other forehead wrinkles
• Around the eyes for a brow lift
• Beside the eyes to smooth crow's feet
• Above the upper lip to keep gums from showing when smiling
• On either side of the nose to treat “bunny lines”
• In the chin to reduce the appearance of chin dimpling
• In the masseters to slim the jawline or help with bruxism
• In the neck to provide lift and relax the platysmal bands
• In the armpits to treat hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating
3. How does Botox work?
The role of botulinum toxin is to disrupt the nerve signaling process that stimulates muscle contraction. It temporarily reduces muscle movement in the treated area, allows you to avoid moving your face in a way that creates wrinkles, and promotes over-developed muscle contraction. When you make facial expressions or sweat, your nerves release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine, which attaches to muscle cells and causes them to contract. Botulinum toxin can reduce the muscle's acceptance of acetylcholine, thereby preventing extreme muscle contraction and reducing sweating. Essentially, the Botox injection reduces muscle movement and perspiration signals in a small area.