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What Is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein found in nature. Although Botox is a toxin, there have been no serious side effects when used correctly for cosmetic indications.
Botox is one of the most extensively studied medical aesthetic treatments and is approved for cosmetic use in 78 countries.
Botox targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years.
How Does Botox Work?
Wrinkles result from a combination of many factors. It’s not just about cellular changes that can occur over time, reduction of collagen, or damage caused by free radicals in the sun and the environment.
When you frown or concentrate, the muscles between your brows contract, causing your skin to furrow and fold. And when you squint, the muscles around your eyes contract and cause crow’s feet.
Botox is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
It is also used in the neck to improve the appearance of “bands” and wrinkles.
Botox may also be used to reduce sweating in the underarms, palms or soles.
How Is Botox Used?
A few drops of Botox are injected with a tiny needle into the muscle that creates a wrinkle.
When Botox is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area and, as a result, the muscle weakens.
As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and the wrinkles in the skin gradually soften and disappear.
Where Does Botox Come From?
As mentioned before, Botox is derived from sources that exist in nature.
It contains tiny amounts of a highly purified botulinum toxin protein refined from the bacterium, Clostridium botulinum.
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With Botox, you can expect real, noticeable results, which may begin to show within 24 to 48 hours for treatment of moderate to severe frown lines.
If pain is a concern, you can ice the area before injection or apply numbing cream.
Before your actual treatment, Dr. West will discuss your treatment goals and analyze your muscle movement to determine the appropriate treatment areas for you.
Some patients report that being injected with Botox feels like a pinch. The actual injection time takes approximately 10 minutes.
Contrary to popular belief, Botox should not cause you to lose the ability to show expression.
When you are treated by a licensed, medical professional with the experience and background in facial anatomy, you should look refreshed and not “over done.”
Botox treatments require minimal downtime or recovery, which is why Botox injections are often called a lunchtime procedure.
You’ll be able to go about your normal routine immediately after you leave office.
Is Botox Right for Me?
The best way to learn more about Botox and find out if it is the right treatment for you is to visit The West Institute to discuss your goals and expectations.
To schedule your consultation with Dr. West, call 301-986-9378 (WEST) today!
About Dr. West
Dr. Tina B. West, founder of the West Institute, has served as a consultant and injectable trainer for Allergan and Galderma, training other physicians in advanced treatment techniques using Restylane, Perlane, Scupltra and Dysport as well as Botox.
Dr. West is a board-certified Dermatologist and leading expert in cosmetic dermatology, laser surgery and body contouring procedures.
Dr. West participated in the original phase III FDA clinical trials for the approval of Botox.