How BOTOX ? Works

Individuals in Wilmington, Delaware eager to find relief from dynamic wrinkles may find relief through BOTOX®, an injection treatment that's already helped people around the world overcome wrinkles. It is performed in a doctor's office of clinic setting, and is minimally-invasive so patients may return to work and other normal activities immediately after receiving treatment. Patients should speak with a professional in the Wilmington area who is familiar with the procedure to determine if the treatment is right for them.

Dynamic wrinkles differ from static wrinkles in that they appear when a facial expression is made whereas static wrinkles appear when the face is at rest. Common dynamic wrinkles include crow's feet, glabellar lines, and worry lines on the forehead. When certain muscles in the face contract—depending on which facial expression is made—the wrinkles form. Patients who have static wrinkles should seek other forms of treatment such as the many dermal fillers available.

BOTOX® works by blocking nerve impulses telling these muscles to contract so they do not. The injection blocks the release of acetylcholine, which is the chemical causing the muscle to contract. Each treatment session takes about 10 minutes to perform, and patients do not have to go through a recovery period. The needle used to perform the procedure is very small to reduce any discomfort, and many do not require a local anesthetic.

A few days are required for the treatment to paralyze the facial muscles, and about two to four weeks after the treatment the effects should peak at optimal levels. Results from the procedure last anywhere from three to six months, and then the effects of the procedure start to wear off meaning that subsequent treatments are required to maintain the effect of BOTOX®. Over time, though, the muscles become less responsive in what's called chemical denervation. 

As with just about any medical procedure, there is the possibility of certain side effects of which patients should be aware. These include headache, respiratory infection, temporary eyelid droop, nausea, and flu-like syndrome. Other potential side effects include pain in the face, redness at the injection site, and muscle weakness. Patients who have certain neuromuscular disorders may be at a higher risk of clinically significant systemic effects of BOTOX®, while those with infection at the injection site and those with a hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients in the formula should not seek treatment.

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