Botox is an incredibly popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure- approximately six-million treatments are administered annually. It’s well-known for the high patient approval ratings and has been FDA-cleared for the moderate-to-severe treatment of pesky frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet. But, what is it? And, what makes it so effective? Let’s take a closer look.
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin (Botox) is an natural injectable neuromodulator produced by the bacterium Clostridium. You’re probably thinking, ‘That’s great but what does all that mean in English?’ Essentially, when it’s injected properly, Botox talks to the nerves that cause your muscles to contract. It temporarily blocks nerves from releasing the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. The regulation of acetylcholine is what prevents muscles to contract. In turn, wrinkles are no longer visible.
How Does Botox Work?
Extremely small doses of Botox are injected directly under the skin to temporarily paralyze facial muscles, reducing fine lines and wrinkles caused by repeated muscular action. Several injections sights may be required depending on the treatment area. No downtime is needed for this minimally invasive procedure.
After a short 10-minute treatment, you’ll be able to go back to your daily activities immediately. Typically, you’ll see initial results 3-7 days after your injection, with full results visible within 2 weeks. You will gradually begin to notice a happier, healthier looking you in the mirror.
Results vary by patient but you can expect your treatment to last anywhere from 3 to 8 months. Botox is a safe and effective procedure for adults and can be repeated as many times as you wish without worry. No wonder it’s the number one seller of its kind on the market!
To eliminate the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles with Botox® in the Memphis, Germantown, and Collierville area, schedule an appointment today! Give us a call us at 901.624.3333 or simply fill out the contact form on this page.