What is Botox?
Botox, also known as botulinum toxin type A, is made from the bacteria that causes the food borne illness botulism. Botox injections can be administered for both medical and cosmetic purposes. Botox injections given for cosmetic purposes have confirmed to reduce wrinkles in multiple areas of the face, awarding patients with a younger, more refreshed look.
The botulinum toxin type A deters nerve function in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity.
How Does Botox Work on the Body?
As the Botox injection blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, the injected muscle can no longer contract, creating the wrinkles to relax and soften. Receiving a Botox injection is quick and does not require any sort of anesthesia. A medical professional qualified to inject Botox simply does so with a fine needle into specific muscles. Only minor discomfort is felt. The Botox injection generally takes three to seven days to take full effect. Doctors advise it is best to avoid alcohol at least one week prior to receiving Botox treatment, and two weeks for aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications. This is required in order to reduce the amount of bruising that may occur, especially in newer patients.
The Goal of Botox Injections
Botox injections given for cosmetic purposes not only take effect quickly, but also can have long-term benefits if received routinely. The goal of long-term Botox injections are to keep muscles from repairing themselves between the injections. Between two and six months after an injection, the muscles begin to function again. It is advised to maintain a consistent and rather frequent schedule to receive the best possible results of Botox injections.
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