At Legacy Dental Clinic, Botox is a prescription medication that is injected into the muscles of the face. It is commonly used to treat wrinkles and frown lines. Botox causes the facial muscles to relax, which smooths out wrinkles and lines.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, which reduces muscle activity. When muscles don’t receive signals, they stop contracting. The skin above the muscles gradually smooths, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Is Botox Right for Me?
Many patients consider Botox when they are looking for a quick and easy solution to refresh their look. However, Botox doesn’t work for just anyone. Wrinkles caused by muscle movement cannot be treated with Botox. Also, if you have an allergy to botulinum toxin, you should not receive Botox injections. Botox is injected directly into the facial muscles. The medication then blocks nerve signals that tell the facial muscles to contract. When this occurs, the skin is smoothed from between your brows, on your forehead, and near your eyes. Botox can also help relax your jaw muscles, helping to eliminate a “gummy smile.” Botox injections typically take less than 10 minutes to administer. No anesthesia is needed, but you may choose to numb the area with a cold pack or anesthetic cream. You may experience some redness or swelling at the injection site immediately after the procedure, but this is temporary.
How Is Botox used?
Botox is often used as a cosmetic treatment to help patients achieve more youthful-looking skin. Botox can be used to erase wrinkles and lines on the forehead, as well as around the eyes and mouth. Botox can also help to tighten and tone the skin. It can also help reduce the appearance of crow’s feet and brow furrows.
The Botox Procedure
The Botox procedure is quick and minimally invasive. Botox is injected into the facial muscles responsible for forming expression lines. Botox then blocks the nerve signals and relaxes the muscles, smoothing the skin that covers them. The treatment should be repeated to maintain the results as Botox treatment effects usually last only about three to four months.
The Benefits of Botox
Botox is used to treat a number of ailments, including:
- Excessive sweating
- Muscle spasms
- Chronic migraines
- Jaw pain
- Facial spasms
- Excessive underarm sweating
- Facial wrinkle reduction
- Jaw clenching
Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin, one of the toxins that cause botulism. Though it is a toxin, it is safely used and approved by the FDA. To discover more about the advantages of botox, visit Legacy Dental Clinic at 4224 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB, Canada 060701, or call (825) 467-8888.