Botox, a True Celebrity

BotoxAlthough the FDA approved it in 2002, just 13 years ago, it seems that Botox has been a household name forever. Almost immediately after its introduction for cosmetic uses, Botox became incredibly popular. Year in and year out, Botox injections are far and away the most popular single cosmetic procedure, surgical or non-surgical. In reality, Botox has become more famous than some of the famous names who use it.

In case you’re still not sure how Botox works, here’s a primer from the team at Northcoast Laser.

No contraction is the plan

Botox is derived from the botulinum toxin type A, a neurotoxin. But scientists discovered decades ago that the botulinum toxin type A, when injected into a muscle in very small amounts, is able to paralyze that muscle for a certain period of time. Botox has been used for a few decades to stop involuntary eyelid spasms, some TMJ muscles issues, even migraine headaches. But when the FDA approved it for cosmetic use in 2002, the roof blew off.

Why? Creases and wrinkles are caused by repeated muscle contractions when we perform day-to-day actions such as smiling or frowning. Botox actually blocks the signals from the nerves to the muscle, so the injected muscle can’t contract. And when those muscles that create crow’s feet and forehead creases don’t contract, the wrinkles don’t form. And when they don’t form, the patient looks years, sometimes decades, younger. Botox became an overnight cosmetic sensation.

How long do its results last? 

The body eventually absorbs the now-harmless Botox, usually in about four to six months. At that point, the muscles in question will begin to contract again and the wrinkles will return. To maintain your results, another Botox session is needed.

What occurs following treatment with Botox? 

A Botox session takes just a few minutes. There is no downtime, although there may be some slight swelling and redness at the injection sites. Patients also need to avoid rubbing the injected areas for 12 hours, as that can cause the Botox to migrate to unwanted spots. Results usually take from three to seven days to fully show themselves.

If you aren’t one of the millions of people who use Botox, come in and to Northcoast Laser and let us introduce you to the world’s most popular injectable. Call us at 440-639-3223 for an appointment.

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