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Botox® Introduction

If you would like to get rid of your wrinkles but are not ready for surgery, you might benefit from Botox®. Some facial wrinkles are caused by contractions of the underlying facial muscles every time you smile, laugh, or frown. Botox® is a purified form of the botulinum toxin that works by blocking impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles that cause these expression lines. Botox® relaxes those specific muscles so that they can no longer contract. This results in smoothing of the skin wrinkle. The most common areas treated with Botox® are the frown lines between the eyes, Crow’s feet, forehead lines, and vertical neck bands.

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Botox Introduction Scottsboro

There are several ways that Botox® can be used to improve the neck and jawline. The two bands that trail down each side of the neck from under the chin are caused by laxity of a thin neck muscle called the platysma muscle. The platysma muscles are flat, thin, and lie like a sheet under the right and left sides of the neck skin. The two sides cross in the center of the neck, as we age, it begins to split in the middle and form rope-like bands that we call “platysma bands”. Botox® works great to soften them in their early stages without surgery. In cases where they have become severe, surgery such as a platysmaplasty, a neck lift or a facelift may be required for the best result. Botox® can also be used along the superficial etched lines that run from side to side in the neck. There is a muscle we use to close the mouth and chew food. This is a very strong muscle that extends from the cheek bone to jaw bone and also has a role in teeth grinding that can lead to headaches and grinding of the teeth. Grinding your teeth can result in the need for dental work to repair the damage to the teeth. Some women and men have excessively large masseter muscles and treating these with Botox® can soften their appearance.

How Does Botox® Work?

How Does Botox Work Scottsboro

Results are seen 1 week after treatment and last a minimum of 3 months.

Unlike soft tissue fillers such as Juvederm® and Sculptra® Aesthetic that add volume to skin depressions, Botox® blocks the release of a chemical called acetylcholine which triggers the muscle contractions that create wrinkles.
Botox® essentially paralyzes the muscles and stops them from contracting.

Botox® Before and After

What to Expect

Botox® should only be injected with sterile instruments in a doctor’s office or a medical spa – not at Botox® parties at your local nail salon or neighbor’s living room. Botox® injection is usually performed with some local anesthesia or a numbing cream. You may feel some minimal discomfort from the shot, but today’s needles are so thin and fine that the procedure is often painless. Depending on the extent of treatment, the procedure can take anywhere from a few minutes to 20 minutes.

The treatments are done with minimal discomfort. No sedation or anesthesia is required and you can resume normal activities immediately. The effects of Botox® become apparent in 3-5 days after treatment and last for 4-6 months. Most patients return for treatments 2-3 times per year. After repeated injections, the results may be even longer lasting.

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No surgery or incisions

Little to no discomfort

No down-time

No scarring

Botox® FAQs

How long does Botox® last?

Botox® will smooth your fine lines and wrinkles for approximately 3-4 months, but it also depends on your body’s metabolism. Consistent treatments are recommended to assure the best prevention from deeper wrinkles that will become more difficult and more costly to treat.

When will I see results from a Botox® treatment?

Anywhere from days to a week. You may see a marked improvement in the moderate-to-severe frown lines between your brows. Lines continue to improve for up to 30 days. Individual results may vary.

How does Botox® work?

Botox® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of the “11s,” the moderate-to-severe frown lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles. This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines to form between the brows.

Botox® Side Effects

More commonly, headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms and redness and pain at the injection site. Few patients may experience muscle weakness or drooping of the upper eyelid muscles. This side effect usually resolves within a few days. In rare cases, however, upper eyelid drooping may last for months.

What areas can you treat wrinkles with Botox®?

– Frown lines
– Crows feet
– Forehead furrows
– Excessive armpit sweating
– Migraines
– Neck bands

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