Patients throughout Gig Harbor, Washington and in other parts of the country who are bothered by dynamic wrinkles have found success through Botox. Dynamic wrinkles are those that form when a facial expression is made, as opposed to static wrinkles that are visible with the face is at rest. Botox works to eliminate dynamic wrinkles, but are not as effective in fighting static wrinkles. Patients should discuss static wrinkles with a medical professional to explore other options for eliminating these wrinkles such as surgery or dermal fillers.
Common types of dynamic wrinkles include those on the forehead, between the eye brows and around the eyes. They can be an unwelcome sign of aging and may be embarrassing for some patients. If dynamic wrinkles are a problem, patients should discuss Botox with an experienced medical professional. Botox works by paralyzing the underlying muscle that causes a wrinkle to form when it contracts. Purified Botulinum type A blocks nerve impulses to the muscle, preventing the muscle from contracting. With the muscle paralyzed, the wrinkle can no longer form. Over time, the wrinkle gradually fades away.
This procedure is commonly used to treat wrinkles in the upper part of the face, although other areas of the face and neck may be treated as well. Migraines and excessive underarm sweating have also been treated using Botox. For more information on the uses of Botox, patients are encouraged to speak with an experienced medical professional at a reputable clinic.
To perform this procedure, the physician will inject Botox directly into the muscle that causes a wrinkle to form. To minimize discomfort, a tiny needle is used. Many patients experience a small prick and minor stinging during the injection. The procedure takes about 10 minutes to perform and patients are often able to return to work immediately following treatment. No recovery time is required following this procedure, as it is a minimally invasive treatment.
Patients with a hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients of Botox are not considered candidates for this procedure. Before undergoing treatment, patients should speak with a medical professional to discuss the list of ingredients and whether they may be allergic to any of them. Those with an infection at the injection site are also not considered candidates. Those with certain neuromuscular disorders may be at increased risk of systemic effects of Botox. To determine one's own candidacy for Botox, patients should speak with a medical professional.
Common side effects of Botox include headache, respiratory infection, flu-like syndrome, temporary eyelid droop and nausea following treatment. Pain in face, injection site redness and muscle weakness are among the more rare complications associated with Botox. Patients are encouraged to discuss the risks and complications associated with this treatment prior to the procedure.
Those interested in learning more about Botox or dynamic wrinkles are encouraged to seek consultation with an experienced medical professional in the Gig Harbor area. This is the best resource for information regarding cosmetic treatments and procedures.