Botox is an FDA approved medication that works by relaxing the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. Botox is frequently used for reducing fine lines on the forehead, around the eyes and around the mouth. There are several other places that Botox can also be placed to enhance aesthetic appearance. Although not a permanent solution for wrinkles, Botox usually lasts from 3 to 4 months and can produce results that can be seen in as little as a few days.
History of Botox Injections Botox has been used safely by physicians for over 20 years to treat patients with certain medical conditions such as eye spasms, central nervous system disorders and excessive muscle contractions. The more recent use of Botox to reduce wrinkles was discovered almost by accident. A dermatologist in Vancouver began using Botox to treat signs of aging in 1986 after his wife, an ophthalmologist, observed that her patients who were treated for eye spasms commented that the botulinum toxin had also improved the wrinkles between their eyebrows.
Mechanism of Botox Botulinum toxin is a natural substance secreted by the bacterium that causes botulism. Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine at the junction of the nerves and muscles. This is the chemical that signals muscles to contract. Blocking this signal results in a temporary relaxation of the targeted muscles. As a result, the muscles treated end up in a relaxed state for 3 to 4 months.
Cosmetic use of Botox Dr. Schweiger has extensive experience using Botox in all areas of the face. The most commonly treated areas include wrinkles around the eyes ("crows feet", forehead lines, and lines between the eyes.)Experienced injectors can target other areas of the face and neck as well. Injections with Botox can decrease lines around upper and lower lips, raise the corners of the mouth, raise the lateral eyebrows and decrease neck bands. In addition, injections with Botox can correct facial asymmetries due to single hyperactive muscles. Although not a permanent solution for wrinkles, Botox usually lasts from 3 to 4 months and can produce results that can be seen in as little as 7 days after treatment.
Botox Injections for Excessive Sweating Excessive sweating, also known as "hyperhydrosis", is a common problem that affects both men and women. It is seen most often in the underarms, hands and feet and it can cause both social and occupational problems. Hyperhydrosis can now be effectively treated with Botox. When injected into the affected area, Botox can effectively inhibit overactive sweat glands for 3 to 4 months.
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