Botox or botulinum toxin is used in extremely small doses as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles. It is very effective on the dynamic wrinkles which appear when we laugh or change expression, as it has a reversible weakening effect on the muscles responsible for animating the face.
Types of Wrinkles
There are several categories of wrinkle which can be successfully treated with Botox.
- Frown wrinkles form vertical lines and are commonly exhibited by people who have had excessive exposure to the sun, or people who have produced an over active group of muscles. These lines or wrinkles can make it appear as if the person is frequently frowning or appears anxious.
- Forehead wrinkles are horizontal lines formed by facial expressions which indicate empathy or surprise. They usually do not extend to the full length of the forehead and are limited to the region between the hair line and eyebrows.
- Eye wrinkles or crow’s feet form at the outer corner of the eyes. They can result from excessive exposure to the sun but can be due to the skin losing its elasticity during the aging process. Crow’s feet become more obvious when smiling or laughing.
While some people may be concerned about the safety of Botox, it actually has a fantastic record and has been used with great success for a number of medical conditions for over twenty years. In the last fifteen years it has been established as one of the most frequently used and popular cosmetic wrinkle treatments.
Botox can be used for men and women but men may need a slightly higher dosage. It should be avoided if you have previously allergically reacted to botulinum toxin, have an infection or irritation on the injection site or are suffering from a problem or disease which affects the muscles, for example Eaton Lambert syndrome.
It is not recommended for children or pregnant or breastfeeding women.
Many people experience very mild side effects such as tenderness in the injection area. There might be mild swelling at the site of the injection but this usually has subsided within 48 hours. There is also the possibility of some slight bruising. More serious side effects are extremely rare, allergic reactions are exceptionally uncommon. There have been documentation of occasional occurrences of the Botox relaxing some of the nearby groups of muscles causing temporary sag of an eyelid or eyebrow but this will resolve itself within a matter of a few weeks.
Some people have actually found Botox beneficial in an untended way including the easing of tension headaches, which have receded as the forehead muscles have relaxed.
The effects of Botox will be visible within two to fourteen days of the initial treatment and can last up to six months. Patients can be retreated up to every three months but you may find the wrinkles seem less obvious as they reappear the more treatments you have.
If you are interested in learning more then please contact us. The staff of our St. Louis offices would be delighted to assist you with any questions or queries you may have regarding your own personal circumstances.