What is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a FDA approved protein naturally derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum Type A. It has been used for more than 20 years to reduce unwanted muscle activity in eye and nerves. Today, its best known use is for the cosmetic reduction of facial expression lines. Are you worried about your wrinkles? Those worry lines, frown lines, laugh or smile lines , not to mention the crow’s feet! They come from years of living and expressing emotions. You can express yourself and still look years younger!!
WHAT CAUSES DEEP LINES AND WRINKLES REFERRED TO AS “DYNAMIC” WRINKLES?
Every day our facial muscles are called into play many, many times to help create expressions such as smiles, frowns, laughter etc. Over time these repeated muscle contractions cause the lines and wrinkles that appear in our faces – as part of the aging process, and loss of skin elasticity from sun damage. Genetics, family history and lifestyles such as smoking, and excessive sun exposure also factor into the wrinkle creation process.
WHY IS EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT BOTOX®COSMETIC?
Facial wrinkles help us show others our emotions, but some unwanted facial wrinkles always seem to show stress or anger, even if those appearances aren’t the way we are feeling. This is especially true when the lines of your forehead show and between your eyes. many facial lines make us appear older than our actual age. BOTOX ® Cosmetic is used to block the nerve impulses that tell those muscles to move. BOTOX ®Cosmetic is used to treat wrinkles that are found when you make facial expressions.
LET’S CLEAR UP A FEW BOTOX® COSMETIC MYTHS
Can you get botulism from BOTOX®Cosmetic? Extremely small amounts of BOTOX® Cosmetic are administered to treat wrinkles. This smal quantity is insufficient to cause botulism. BOTOX® Cosmetic made by Allergan, the only pharmaceutical company which makes BOTOX®Cosmetic in United States, And BOTOX ®Cosmetic has not caused any cases of botulism.
ISN’T BOTOX®COSMETIC A POISON?
This question is often asked. Think about this example: If you have a strep throat, what might a doctor prescribe? Penicillin. What does Penicillin do? It’s a poison that kills the strep bacteria. Without this particular “poison”, countless lives would have been lost to infection. Most medicine can be “poison” if improperly administered. Properly used, modern medications like BOTOX®Cosmetic get results without adverse side effects. At our practice, we use only BOTOX® Cosmetic that is purchased directly from Allergan.
WHAT IS WATERED-DOWN BOTOX®COSMETIC?
Very few people know that BOTOX®Cosmetic is shipped at low temperatures in powdered form. ALL BOTOX®Cosmetic must have sterile saline solution added before injection because you can’t inject powder. The volume of solution used can be variable. What is important is the units of Botox®Cosmetic used to treat an area. There could be 10 units of BOTOX®Cosmetic in 1/10th cc, or only one unit per 1/10th cc of fluid. It is the amount of BOTOX®Cosmetic units used that will effect your results.
WHAT IS A BOTOX® COSMETIC INJECTION?
BOTOX®Cosmetic is formally called Botulinum Toxin Type A and is a therapeutic neurotoxin used safely and effectively in anti-wrinkle treatment. The injections actually target the nerves within muscles in a specific area and “relax” them.
HOW DO THE INJECTION TREATMENTS WORK?
Using a tiny micro-needle, very small amounts of BOTOX®Cosmetic are injected into specific muscles that cause those frown lines. The serum then blocks nerve impulses from the nerve within the specific muscle causing the contractions. The treatments serve to “relax” those muscles and allow the skin to smooth out and become “unwrinkled.” Untreated areas are not affected.
ADDED BOTOX BENEFITS
BOTOX®Cosmetic treatments were first approved by the FDA in 1990 for the treatment of eye muscle spasms; however, its cosmetic value was quickly realized. BOTOX® Cosmetic is an approved trade name for botulinum toxin A. Botulism is a form of food poisoning that occurs when someone eats something containing a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. When injected in small doses in designated areas, Botox® injections block nerve muscles responsible for the repetitive action that causes fine lines and wrinkles by literally paralyzing the area. Results can last up to eight months. Some added benefits of Botox® Injections may include:
- Improvement of migraine headaches.
- Reduce of excessive sweating.
- Improvement in chronic back and jaw pain.
- Relief from muscle twitches.
BOTOX®Cosmetic has been used successfully in many types of medical treatments for years.
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