What is Botox?

What is Botox and does it work for wrinkles?

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Botox® is an FDA-approved injectable that help reduce the appearance of fine lines and dynamic wrinkles by causing them to relax and soften.
Our board-certified dermatologists commonly use both these wrinkle-relaxing injectables to treat:Frown lines between the eyebrows
Crow’s feet (the lines that fan out from the corners of the eyes)
Forehead furrows, the horizontal lines that form when you raise your eyebrows
Lip lines (the vertical lines that develop over the lips)These treatments work by blocking the action of unwanted dynamic wrinkles. Over time, this prevents the wrinkles from becoming deeper creases and therefore more pronounced. Botox® can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis, or severe sweating under the arms.Most patients see improvement within several days of injection with Dysport® and Botox®. The result will usually last about three to four months at which point the muscle action gradually returns and the lines and wrinkles or sweat begin to reappear.Over time, however, and with repeated injections, the lines and wrinkles will become less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.

New York Dermatologist
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What is Botox and How It Works For Wrinkles.

Some wrinkles develop as a result of overactive muscles. Botox works by keeping these muscles relaxed so that they don’t contribute to wrinkles like crows feet, horizontal forehead lines and frown lines between the brows. Botox molecules prevent nerve fibers from releasing a chemical transmitter called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine causes muscles to contract. By blocking the release of this transmitter, the muscles stay relaxed.

You might get a better sense of how Botox works by watching this video

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Botox Cosmetic

Botox Cosmetic (Botulinum Toxin) is a highly purified protein derived from the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. This neurotoxin temporarily relaxes the muscles causing a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles. Botox effects typically last about 3-4 months and it is most commonly used around the forehead and eyes.

Botox is the most common cosmetic procedure performed in the US today and it has a safety profile better than that of Aspirin.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Botex is Botox Cosmetic

Botox is a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes nerves. It is most commonly used in the face to minimize the frown muscles. The three areas commonly treated are the upper nose, forehead, and around the eyes. The result is a smoothing effect that lasts approximately 3 months. I highly recommend you try it. I consider it the fountain of youth.

Robert M. Wald, Jr., MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Botox Cosmetic

Botox®, is a popular non-surgical injection from Allergan that temporarily reduces or eliminates frown lines, forehead creases, crows feet near the eyes and thick bands in the neck. The toxin blocks the nerve impulses, temporarily paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles while giving the skin a smoother, more refreshed appearance.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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