What is Botox®?
BOTOX® is a cosmetic medical treatment designed to relax and relieve wrinkles with a small dose of Clostridium botulinum neurotoxin. This can help treat current wrinkles, but also help prevent future wrinkles and slow the aging process. It was introduced in the late 1980s to treat optic muscle disorders and is currently the number one cosmetic procedure in the USA. Along with its anti-wrinkle effects on crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead furrows, BOTOX® is also used to treat problems with migraine headaches and a gummy smile.
After being injected, C. botulinum toxins attach to muscle nerve endings. This inhibits the release of a chemical neurotransmitter called acetylcholine and stops muscle contractions that wrinkle the skin. Depending on the location of the injection sites, small muscles in the face are essentially paralyzed and prevented from wrinkling. Results are temporary and can reduce wrinkles by 80%. Each patient’s results vary depending upon the amount of wrinkling present when treatment is initiated. The average time between injections is three to five months.
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For more information about Botox, contact DeRoberts Plastic Surgery. Call our Syracuse, NY office at (315) 299-5313 to schedule a consultation with Jena Murphy, NP-C.