Botox is is one of the most frequent procedures performed in cosmetic surgery.
Botox is a highly diluted derivative of Botulinum Toxin Type A. Botox has been used safely and successfully in ophthalmology for over 10 years, and for wrinkle therapy for over 6 years. For wrinkle therapy, it is used in extremely small amounts and does not spread throughout the body. A few drops of Botox are injected with a tiny needle into the muscle that creates a wrinkle.
When Botox is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area, and as a result, the muscle weakens. As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and the wrinkles in the skin gradually soften and often disappear. When Botox is injected there is an initial minor sting for a few seconds. Once the injection is complete, there is usually no discomfort.
The most common areas for the use of Botox are the frown lines between the eyebrows, the horizontal forehead lines, and the crow's feet. On occasion, some other areas may be treated as well.
Botox does not affect the nerve, so there is no numbness in the area of the injection. Also, the effect of the Botox is only in the immediate area of the injection. Therefore, the muscles related to other expressions are unaffected. The effects of Botox usually last three to six months, at which time another injection is required. . With continued use of Botox your wrinkles become less and less noticable and frequently disappear.
Botox is not a permanent solution to wrinkles. You must keep up with your Botox treatments or your wrinkles will come back. Most people come in 2-3 times per year for Botox injections.