The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has revealed the number one cosmetic complaint is wrinkles. In 2002, BOTOX® was approved by the FDA for treating wrinkles. More recently, this approval has been expanded to include crow’s feet. BOTOX® injections decrease the appearance of wrinkles on the face. The injections are also used to treat numerous medical conditions. The injection contains a purified protein solution that basically prevents the nerve cells from sending signals to the muscles, effectively relaxing them.
A Closer Look at How BOTOX® Works
Muscles are able to contract due to the chemical messenger released by the nerves. This is called acetylcholine. The message is sent to where the muscle cells meet the nerve endings. The acetylcholine attaches to the muscle cell receptors, causing the muscle cells to either shorten or contract. The BOTOX® injection prevents the acetylcholine from being released, so the muscle cells are unable to contract. This decreases abnormal muscle contractions, and the muscles become much less stiff. Specific chemical signals are blocked from the nerves. These are mainly the signals causing the contraction of the muscles.
BOTOX® injections are used to temporarily relax the facial muscles responsible for the formation of wrinkles around the eyes and on the forehead. There are currently twenty medical conditions being treated with these injections. Additional applications are being investigated.
What Makes the Treatment So Simple?
BOTOX® injections are performed in the comfort of our office and typically take just minutes to carry out. There is no surgery or recovery time involved, making it a convenient treatment for those with busy lifestyles. The results usually last for multiple months. As the action of the muscles gradually returns, the wrinkles and lines will start to reappear, requiring another treatment. In many cases, the wrinkles and lines will not be as severe due to the relaxation of the muscles.
The most popular cosmetic treatment not requiring surgery is BOTOX®, and for good reason. Over six million individuals have this treatment done every year. BOTOX® injections reduce wrinkles and fine lines in a completely non-surgical way.
To get started with BOTOX® injections, find out if you qualify for the treatment by visiting our professionals at Mira Aesthetic Medical Center in Costa Mesa. Contact our office today to book your appointment and learn more!