Botox® is a purified protein that is produced by the clostridium botulinum bacteria. There have been no serious side effects associated with its use by dermatologists. It is a natural, extremely safe, although temporary method of improving wrinkles and signs of aging of the face and neck.
A few drops of Botox® are injected with a tiny needle into the muscle that is causing the wrinkle. Over the next five to seven days the Botox® effect begins. The Botox® blocks motor impulses of the muscle, which weakens the muscle and causes the wrinkles in the overlying skin to gradually soften and often disappear. The effect lasts for about two to four months, with an average of about three months of wrinkle-free face. There is much more to the effect though. Botox® can also be injected into specific muscles of the forehead to raise the eyebrows and create a beautiful arch, and make the eyes appear larger. I call this the Botox® facelift or sculpting of the face with Botox®. This is a non-surgical approach to the facelift and can be helpful as a first step in someone considering a more permanent approach such as a facelift.
The most common areas for the use of Botox are the frown lines between the eyes, the furrows of the forehead, and the crow's feet at the sides of the eyes. It is also now used to treat lines around the mouth and necklines. Botox does not affect the way the skin feels; there is no pain or numbness of the skin after Botox treatments. The effects are noted only in the specific muscles that have been treated, other parts of the body remain unchanged.
Other very effective uses of Botox, recently developed by Dermatologists are the improvement of excessive sweating of the underarms. When topical and oral medications fail, Botox has been proven to be very effective for the treatment of uncontrollable sweating, especially of the underarms. The improvement in sweating can last for six months or longer.
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