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Botulinim Toxin Type A, better known as BOTOX, is a product utilized in aesthetic surgery to correct fine face expression lines and wrinkles.. Botulinum toxin injections block certain chemical signals from nerves, mostly signals that cause muscles to contract.
This temporarily relaxes the facial muscles that underlie and cause wrinkles, including forehead furrows.
Botulinum Type A Toxin has been used since the 1990´s to treat patients with severe blinking, facial spasms and muscle spasticity affecting partially paralyzed patients.
Botox has been shown to be safe for both short- and long-term use. Data for treatment of wrinkles with Botox only go back about 10 years and the use of a much smaller amount of this toxin, has had great success.
There are several brands of Botulinum Toxin available Botox works well on frown lines between the eyebrows and across the forehead and on crow's-feet at the eye corners. Other use of this toxin is less common and should be performed by an experienced professional.
This procedure is generally a light, low dose treatment in order to avoid an expressionless face.
The entire procedure only last from 10-15 minutes.
Risks are very minor with this procedure. Complications are rare in healthy patients and when they occur typically involve the local spread of the toxin to cause paralysis of unintended targets, for example, eyelid drooping. This occurs in one out of five patients but they always recuperate within 3-4 weeks. Patients with Myasthenia Gravis are not candidates for BOTOX.
Botulinum toxin injections usually begin working a few days after treatment where you will see the temporary smoothing of glabellar lines (also called frown lines), which are the lines between your eyebrows that can make you look tired, unhappy or angry.
The effect may last up to three months or longer. To maintain the benefits of Botox, you need regular follow-up injections.