Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein produced by the Clostridium Botulinum bacterium and related species. The toxin is used commercially in research, medicine, and cosmetics. Purified commercial forms of this toxin are available on the market. One form is a popular product known as Botox.
There are eight types of Botulinum toxins, types A through H. Botox is a prescription chemical that is derived from Botulinum toxins type A and type B.
Botox is used primarily to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. It is also used to treat problems such as cervical dystonia (repetitive neck spasm), hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), overactive bladder, chronic migraines, and lazy eye.
Wrinkles and Fine Lines
As a result of smiling, frowning, laughing, squinting, and other facial movements, the muscles of the face get stiffer over time. These overused facial muscles become contracted, causing the overlying skin to bunch up, which forms a variety of fine lines.
These fine lines are an early sign of permanent wrinkle formation. Wrinkles can be prevented before they become permanent by treating the fine lines on your skin.
Botox Injections: Origins
A plastic surgeon from Sacramento, Dr. Richard Clark, was the first to document the cosmetic use of Botulinum toxin. He received FDA approval for cosmetic application of the toxin and published a case study in 1989.
Two doctors, Dr. Jean and Dr. Carruthers, observed that patients who received injections around the eyes and upper face enjoyed diminished frown lines between the eyebrows. Columbia University observed similar results. After the clinical trial, Botox Cosmetic was approved by the FDA in 2002.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox injections temporarily paralyze muscle activity by blocking the release of neurotransmitters from the nerves into the muscles. They are noted for the ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles by relaxing the facial muscles.
Botox injections reduce the vertical frown lines between the eyebrows, as well as horizontal forehead furrows. The lines that fan out from the corners of the eyes, crow’s feet, can be reduced with Botox injections. The results of Botox vary with each patient and last up to four months.
Like every treatment, Botox has its set of constraints. It is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women or those who have a urinary tract infection.
Further Skin Protection
Pamper your skin with a skin-balancing gentle cleanser before applying creams. The cream you put on during the day should hydrate and protect the skin from UV damage as well as pollutants, toxins, and free radicals. Use sunscreen to protect your skin against UV rays.
The night cream you put on should be rich, nourishing, and bursting with active ingredients that stimulate cell renewal. Use avocado and salmon in your diet. Use fine-line-fighting ingredients such as soy extract, vitamins C and E, argan oil, and papaya in your day-to-day skin-care routine.
Getting Botox Treatments
It is essential to remember that Botox must be used only under a doctor’s care. Botox can be dangerous if it is administered incorrectly. Dr. Andrew Compton, a skilled facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, can help determine if it best suits your needs. To schedule an informative Botox consultation, contact our office today.