When we smile, frown, or make any other kind of facial expressions, our brain releases a chemical called acetylcholine that causes the muscles in our face to move, allowing us to make the appropriate expression.
Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter carried from the brain to the nerves and muscles of the face that help us make facial expressions, which in turn causes lines, folds, and wrinkles to appear. These visible signs of aging can make us look much older than we want, but with the help of Botox, we can hold onto our youthful looks longer.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a cosmetic treatment that is made from a type of neurotoxin that is produced by a bacterium called clostridium botulinum. Botox is also known as botulinum toxin, and it can help treat medical conditions and muscle disorders of the face and body.
It can also cosmetically enhance the face by paralyzing muscle movement and preventing the formation of lines, wrinkles, and folds.
How Does Botox Work?
A botox treatment can help relax the muscles in the face to smooth away and eliminate fine line and wrinkles. Botox is administered in the form of injections in small doses directly into someone’s face after local anesthetic is administered.
The amount of Botox required and the number of sessions depends on your individual needs and your surgeon’s recommendation. Your surgeon will also check to see if you have had any prior allergic reactions to the botulinum drug or any similar drugs.
The Science Behind Botox
Once botox is injected into the face, it begins to take effect by stopping the production of acetylcholine to allow the nerves and muscles in the face to relax or temporarily paralyzes them.
This will allow the facial muscles to loosen and helps to prevent the formation of lines, folds, and wrinkles on the face. The botulinum toxin will work to stop the signals from being sent to the muscles from the nerve cells.
Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter released from the nerves at the meeting point of the muscle cells and the nerve endings. It then attaches itself to receptors located on the muscle cells and allows them to make movements.
Botox stops the release of this neurotransmitter and prevents the contraction of the muscle cells. Botox reduces the amount of muscle movement and contraction and makes the muscles more relaxed.
Is Botox Right for You?
When considering whether or not you should undergo a botox treatment, it is important to take into consideration how you feel about your facial appearance. The choice should be made by you, and you alone. If you’re unsatisfied with what you see and want a more youthful appearance, botox is the right treatment for you.
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This type of procedure requires the skilled and precise hand of an excellent surgeon. To be sure that you obtain the results you desire, contact us today. Dr. Jeffrey Joseph, a board-certified ophthalmic reconstructive plastic surgeon, will help you get the results you desire so that you can look good and feel better about your appearance again.