For patients in Honolulu, Hawaii and in other parts of the country, Botox is among the most widely recognized names in cosmetic medicine. Few, however, understand how Botox actually works and which wrinkles it is intended to treat. To further understand the types of wrinkles best treated with this injectable treatment, patients should understand the two types of facial wrinkles: static and dynamic. Static wrinkles appear when the face is at rest, while dynamic wrinkles appear if a muscle contracts (smiling, frowning). Common types of dynamic wrinkles treated using Botox include glabellar lines, crow's feet and worry lines.
Botox works by paralyzing the muscle that causes the wrinkle. When the muscle is paralyzed, it cannot contract and therefore the wrinkle cannot form. A chemical contained in Botox injections blocks the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscle so that it cannot contract. Patients with static wrinkles should seek other treatment options such as surgery or dermal fillers, as Botox is not as effective on these types of wrinkles.
In addition to the dynamic wrinkles located on the upper part of the face, Botox has also been used to treat underarm sweating and migraine headaches. Other areas on the face and neck have also been treated using this injectable treatment. For more information about the possible uses of Botox, patients are encouraged to speak with a medical professional experienced in the field.
To perform this procedure, the physician uses a small needle to inject the treatment directly into the muscle causing the facial wrinkle. A small prick and a little bit of stinging are common during the procedure. Each session lasts around 10 minutes and because it is a non-invasive procedure, does not require any recovery time. Patients are able to return to work or other daily activities immediately following treatment.
Patients who have an infection at the injection site may not be treated with Botox. Those with a hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients of Botox are also not considered candidates. It is important to discuss all of the injection's ingredients before treatment to avoid possible complications associated with hypersensitivity. Furthermore, those with certain neuromuscular disorders may be at an increased risk of system side effects. For more information regarding one's candidacy for this treatment, patients are encouraged to speak with a medical professional.
Common side effects of Botox include headaches, flu-like symptoms, respiratory infection, temporary eyelid droop and nausea. Other complications are rare, but may include pain in the face, redness around the injection site and muscle weakness. Most of these complications occur within the first week after treatment. It is important to locate a qualified physician to avoid any complications that may be associated with poor injection technique.
To learn more about Botox or other similar procedures such as dermal fillers, patients are encouraged to speak with a medical professional at a reputable clinic in the area. Interested patients are encouraged to explore all of their options before they are administered any particular treatment. This helps to ensure that patients receive the best results possible.