Wrinkles and other signs of aging are a common nuisance as individuals in San Antonio, Texas and other areas of the country get older. They may make us feel aged and may be a source of embarrassment for many, with many feeling self-conscious as a result. As a result, cosmetic procedures and treatments have become more popular over time. Perhaps the most well-known cosmetic treatment is BOTOX?, which for many has become synonymous with cosmetic treatment.
While this procedure is used for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles, it may not be used to treat all types of wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that form when a facial expression such as smiling or frowning is made. Examples of dynamic wrinkles include crow's feet (around the eyes), worry lines (on the forehead) and glabellar lines (between the eyebrows). BOTOX? works to prevent the muscle that causes the wrinkle to form in the first place from contracting, so that the wrinkle no longer forms.
This is accomplished by paralyzing the muscle using an injection or purified Botulinum toxin type A to block the transmission of nerve impulses to the muscle. The release of acetylcholine, a chemical causing the muscle to contract, is blocked. With the muscle paralyzed and unable to contract, the wrinkle does not form and gradually diminishes. This is not an effective treatment for static wrinkles, which appear with the face at rest and may be better treated using dermal fillers. The upper third of the face may be treated using BOTOX?, although it may be used to provide treatment to other areas of the face and neck as well. Migraine headaches and excessive underarm sweating may also be treated with this procedure. For more information about how BOTOX? may be used, speak with a medical professional in the San Antonio area.
The procedure takes about 10 minutes to perform and may be done in a medical spa, doctor's office or other venue. A small needle is used to ensure that discomfort is kept to a minimum with only a small prick felt by most patients. There is no recovery time required following this treatment and individuals may be allowed to return to work or resume other normal daily activities immediately after the procedure.
It may take one to five days for paralysis to occur after the injection, and results may peak after about two to four weeks. As the effect gradually wears off, the dynamic wrinkle may return, so follow up treatments may be necessary to maintain the results. With repeat treatment, however, the muscle causing the wrinkle may become less responsive over time (chemical denervation), allowing for improved results.
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