The pursuit of the fountain of youth is an ongoing quest for many. Waters that can restore youth has been the subject of legends, history recounts voyages said to be in search of the mythical water that brings forth eternal youth. Yet no one can claim ever finding it, however, advances in technology have given rise to the proverbial fountain of youth through the latest medical breakthroughs. One such discovery targets the physical signs of aging, a wrinkle remover that erases away years off after a single treatment.
A neurotoxin derived from botulinum toxin type A produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is the same neurotoxin that causes botulism which is a life-threatening form of food poisoning. The same botulinum toxin that can cause death is instead utilized to perform the exact opposite, giving back life to aging skin. Botox which is derived from onabotulinumtoxinA works by preventing the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine at the junction where nerve endings meet muscle cells, it stops the muscle cells from contracting, in a way paralyzing the muscles so it becomes less stiff. Botox is used to reverse the signs of aging by targeting facial muscles that form frown lines, crow’s feet and other dynamic wrinkles found all over the face, neck and hands. By relaxing the underlying muscles of the skin, it smooths out the wrinkles caused by aging.
Botox doesn’t limit its use to wrinkle removal, it has also been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for upper limb spasticity, crossed eyes, severe sweating or hyperhidrosis, severe migraine, overactive bladder, eyelid spasms and cervical dystonia.
Botox and Dysport are two of the most popular brands of Botulinum toxin available in the market that is being used by experienced injectors.
Botox: Wrinkle Eraser
Botox’s first documented cosmetic use was in 1987 by Richard Clark, a plastic surgeon from Sacramento, California. It was to provide symmetry to the forehead of a patient that had nerve paralysis on her left-sided forehead during a cosmetic facelift procedure. A lot has happened since then, there have been great strides made to further refine and enhance treatments using Botox injectables.
The fast-paced world of today has placed great demand for procedures that have no downtime yet can provide beautiful results comparable to the results from more time-intensive procedures. Botox is perfectly suited for that job demand.
Treatment for glabellar lines or frown lines, those vertical lines between the eyebrows that form the number 11, takes less than 30 minutes to complete. The minimal effects from the minimally invasive procedure allow for clients to resume their daily lives immediately after the injections.
Brow lifts that were previously done with surgery can now be accomplished without anesthetic and long incisions. As the neurotoxin is injected between the brows, it relaxes the surrounding muscles and smooths out the skin. Muscles on the forehead then pull up the now relaxed muscle between the brows, lifting them up and visually opening up the eyes. Fillers are used in combination with brow lifts to optimize brow elevation. Injectable fillers are most helpful with cases involving loss of volume either due to aging, lifestyle or genetics.
Crow’s feet, those wrinkles formed from lines radiating from the outer corner of the eyes, these wrinkles are caused by repetitive muscle contractions that happen when a person makes a facial expression. Injections made in the affected area can reduce the appearance of wrinkles or cause them to disappear completely. Botox is especially effective for this type of wrinkle, dynamic wrinkle – wrinkles formed by facial movements. It should not however hinder the ability to make facial expressions as only the treated area, the muscles causing crow’s feet, gets relaxed by the targeted injections. The effect of the treatment usually lasts 3 months.
Aging can cause the corners of the mouth to droop, much like a brow lift, Botox is effective for a corner of the mouth lift. As it is injected targeting and weakening the depressor anguli orris muscle, restricting this muscle not only eliminates wrinkles and fine lines but as an additional effect from the reduction in mobility, the elevator muscles lifts the corners of the mouth.
Cobblestone or wrinkly chin is often a result of an overactive chin muscle (mentalis). Botox injection is an effective way to relax this muscle and prevent the orange peel look. It usually takes a minimal amount to produce favorable results.
Botox: Injectable Experts
Selecting a provider for your injectable treatment is a crucial part in its success, it is best that you give your decision utmost care and scrutiny. Choose an injector who is licensed and qualified to inject, with years of actual experience and proven results from previous clients.
The professional injector you are looking for should have extensive knowledge of the facial anatomy, including the origin and insertion of each muscle, as well as the ability to determine which muscles are responsible for producing wrinkles and creases in specific facial regions.
Your injection specialist should also have a complete understanding of the physiology of the nerves, veins and arteries of the face, to make sure injection points steer clear of these facial elements to avoid negative effects on any of the important facial structures.
Full knowledge of how onabotulinum toxin A works to paralyze the muscles; how much is needed for each facial area; how long it lasts; knowledge of other toxin brands and which individuals would benefit from each.
Your professional should be able to provide you with a list of side effects and possible contraindications and be aware of any medications you are on or medical conditions you have which may affect your treatment outcome. Side effects are a real concern and need to be addressed by the injector. The ability to avoid adverse effects, and if they do occur, he or she should have the knowledge about how to treat such results.
The injectables expert you choose should know how to properly and effectively combine neurotoxin injections with dermal fillers to provide the safest and most successful results. A highly qualified expert injector should know “best practices” for techniques for treatment, how to properly prepare muscle-relaxing substances, and how deep to inject into facial muscles.
They should have many hours of observing model patients being treated and have also received expert supervision during the consultation, planning, and injection of treatment solution on live patients. He or she should have proper technical expertise regarding minimizing discomfort during injection.
It is imperative that the injectable expert you would be trusting with your treatment possess all these qualities.