Doctors have been using Botox to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases. Botox is a brand name of a neuro-toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. There are also other brand names, such as Vistabel, Siax, Cunox, Xeomin and Dysport.
It is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate to severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines), in forehead, crow's feet, bunny lines, Gummy smile reduction and nasal flare reduction. It´s also used to lift up the corners of the mouth, tightening the jawline, lifting eyebrows, decreasing the orange peel appearance of the chin and lessening the appearance of neck bands in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time.
It is administered by a doctor directly into the muscles. It works by blocking nerve impulses and reduces muscle activity that causes the persistent lines and wrinkles. The effects from Botox will last 4-6 months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again. The lines and wrinkle often appear less severe with time because the muscles are being trained to relax.
The entire procedure takes approximately 10 minutes, discomfort is usually minimal and brief. With no surgery, no recovery time and noticeable results.
Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, infection, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness, bleeding or bruising. Other side effects are dry mouth, headache, neck pain and allergic reactions.
Botox is certainly not just for women. It is the most popular minimally invasive, physician administered aesthetic procedure for males. Botox is not a replacement for a facelift, browlift, blepharoplasty or skin resurfacing but is useful in people who can not be operated or want a non-surgical treatment.
It´s not recommended for patients with muscle or nerve conditions (myastenia gravis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome) or for pregnant and breast-feeding patients. To get the best results, it is important to go to a doctor who is experienced in administering Botox and has a comprehensive knowledge of facial anatomy.