An Explanation of BOTOX for Facial Wrinkles

Many individuals with wrinkles in Las Vegas, Nevada turn to BOTOX® to find relief. The procedure has helped patients around the world rid themselves of dynamic wrinkles such as those appearing around the eyes (crow's feet), forehead (worry lines), and between the eyebrows (glabellar lines). Dynamic wrinkles differ from static wrinkles in that they appear when a facial expression is made. BOTOX® works to paralyze the underlying muscle that causes the wrinkle to form, thereby ensuring that the muscle does not contract and the wrinkle does not form.

To accomplish this, the chemicals injected during the procedure enter nerve endings and block the release of acetylcholine, which causes the muscle to contract. It takes up to five days for the paralysis to occur, and it peaks after a few weeks in most cases. The results can last three to six months, although this varies. Afterwards, the patient will seek repeat treatment to maintain the results. Over time, a process called chemical denervation may take place in which the wrinkles become less responsive. Patients should discuss this possibility with a cosmetic specialist in the Las Vegas area to learn more.

As with any procedure, there is a risk of certain side effects with BOTOX®. Among these are headache, respiratory infection, flu-like syndrome, temporary eyelid droop, and nausea. More rare side effects include pain in the face, injection site redness, and muscle weakness. Patients who experience side effects should inform their doctor. Those who have an allergy to any of the ingredients of the treatment should not undergo the procedure. What's more, those with certain neuromuscular disorders may be at a heightened risk of clinically significant systemic effects from the procedure. It is important that patients speak with a specialist to determine if the procedure is right for them.

The cost of treatment will vary from clinic to clinic, and can depend on one's geographic location. Prices per treatment may range from hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the amount of areas that are injected during the treatment sessions. This does not account for the ultimate cost of BOTOX® over the long-run, as repeat sessions are required to maintain results. BOTOX® injections have been used to treat more than just dynamic wrinkles, though. It has also been used as a treatment for excessive underarm sweating as well as migraine headaches, so interested patients should discuss this with the specialist as well.

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