ANTIAGING FACIAL TREATMENTS
What is Botox
Botox is a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridia;
one of the most powerful poisons known. However, when
used as a therapeutic tool, it becomes a relatively benign
substance and is an effective treatment for deep lines.
How Botox Works
Botox binds irreversibly to neurons in the skin. After
this has occurred, acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter
responsible for triggering muscle contractions, cannot
This causes muscle paralysis and over time produces muscle
Botox works best in the upper third of the face, such
as the mid brow area (glabella lines), forehead, and the
crow's feet. Other areas that respond well include the
neck area and jaw line. The duration of effect caused
by Botox is typically starts at around 3 months. After
many treatments, the duration of effect prolongs due to
Is Botox Safe?
Botox has been approved for some years by the FDA for
ophthalmologic problems, muscle tremors and dystonias.
Over the last few years, since approved by the FDA in
2002, it has become a widely used treatment for wrinkles.
The procedure is performed by a dermatologist or physician
in a clinic or spa. It takes approximately 15 minutes
for a treatment. No or minimal anesthesia is required,
ice is often used topically for a few seconds before injection.
Botox Treatment Complications
Complications of botox treatments are generally only
minor and include bruising, swelling. In some instances,
headaches, neck pain, nausea and eyelid drooping may occur.
Botox should not be used in patients with a prior neurological
condition, allergy to albumin, or during pregnancy.
Alternatives for Botox
Recent alternatives in topical lotions that simulate
the effects of Botox are now extremely popular. These
serum, lotions or creams usually contain peptides which
can disrupt nerve signals in the dermis, thereby relaxing
muscles in a similar way to Botox. These Peptides also
have the capability to suppress low amounts of inflammation
in the face and help the skin stimulate more collagen.
The most commonly claimed Botox alternative is Argireline.