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Are you dealing with unwanted facial aging lines and wrinkles? There are many ways to deal with these issues, and one of the most convenient options is Botox.

What Is Botox?

To understand how Botox treats skin conditions, you first have to understand what it is. Botox is derived from a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum that is rod-shaped and found in the soil. This bacterium comes in many types, including Botulinum toxin type A, the type used to create Botox. When Botox is created, it is delivered in units through injections in the skin.

Uses of Botox

Botox’s original intended purpose was to treat eye spasms and the misalignment of the eyes. Botox is mainly used for the treatment of a number of superficial wrinkles, including crow’s feet and glabellar lines. Botox has been approved by the FDA to be used cosmetically to improve fine lines caused by frowning, squinting, and even smiling. Botox is very effective in getting rid of these unwanted wrinkles.

Botox may be for you if you have premature wrinkles due to facial expressions or if your signs of aging have become more apparent. Botox prevents the development of new wrinkles by restricting the movement of the facial muscles that cause age lines.

How Does It Work?

In order for your muscles to move and contract, your brain has to send them signals. Botox blocks these signals by restricting the release of the chemical (acetylcholine) that is used to send them. By restricting the release of acetylcholine, your muscles don’t receive the signal to contract, which results in the limitations of wrinkle-causing movements.

Botox injections are also able to help people suffering from intense sweating (hyperhidrosis). When directly injected into the problematic area, the Botox limits the output of acetylcholine near the sweat glands that causes excessive sweating.

Issues That Can Be Treated Using Botox

• Forehead Lines (Frontalis muscle)

• Frown Lines/Glabellar lines (Procerus and Corrugator Supercilii muscles)

• Lateral Orbital Lines/Crow’s Feet (Procerus and Orbicularis Oculi muscles)

• Transverse Nasal/Bunny Lines

• Smoker’s Lines/ Peri-Oral Lines (Orbicularis Oris muscle)

• Marionette Lines (Trangularis/Depressor Anguli Oris muscle)

• Chin Dents/Mentalis Dysfunction (Mentalis muscle)

• Vertical Platysma Bands (Platysma muscles)

• Brow Lift

• Hyperhydrosis/Intense Sweating

• Palms (Palmaris muscle)

• Armpits (Axillary muscle)

• Soles (Plantaris muscle)

What to Expect from the Procedure

The amount of Botox that should be injected to produce results varies from person to person. In most cases, your doctor will ask you to smile or frown and then inject you in the places where he thinks the temporary paralysis will be most effective.

The patients that have undergone Botox treatments have reported minimal discomfort or pain, mainly because a micro-needle is used for the procedure. Most patients don’t feel the needle at all, while some have reported a light stinging or burning sensation.

Arranging Your Botox Consultation

Contact our office to schedule a consultation and find out more about Botox injections. Botox treatments at Marietta Plastic Surgery are convenient and comfortable, typically taking only 15 minutes to perform.

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