BOTOX® has helped patients in Frisco, Texas and other parts of the country overcome dynamic wrinkles, for which is it is most well-known. But the injectable treatment is used to treat as hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) as well. Patients who are suffering from hyperhidrosis or dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles appearing when making a facial expression, i.e. crow's feet, worry lines, etc.) should discuss BOTOX® with a specialist in their area to determine if the treatment is right for them.
Dynamic wrinkles are those that form when a muscle contracts. Frowning, smiling, and other facial expressions require facial muscle contractions, which may lead to the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. Crow's feet near the eyes, worry lines on the forehead, and glabellar lines between the eyebrows are examples of dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles—those appearing when the face is at rest—are generally not treated with BOTOX® and require other methods to provide relief.
As it pertains to dynamic wrinkles, the botulinum toxin type A in the injection prevents the transmission of nerve impulses to the underlying muscle that causes the wrinkle to form when it contracts. The nerve impulses would normally instruct the muscle to contract, but because the muscle does not receive them when BOTOX® is administered, the muscle does not contract and the wrinkle does not form. Repeat sessions are required to maintain the results of the injection, which typically last three to six months. Over time, the muscle should start to lose its responsiveness.
The manner in which the injection treats underarm sweating is similar. The autonomic nervous system controls sweating among other functions that operate below the mind's level of consciousness. In addition to instructing the body to breathe and the heart to beat, as well as perform other functions, it instructs sweat glands when to release sweat. BOTOX® injections block the nerve impulses to the sweat glands that would otherwise tell them to release sweat. This reduces underarm sweating in individuals who sweat excessively in certain areas of their body. Common areas include the underarms, palms, and the soles of the feet.
Common side effects associated with this injectable treatment include headache, flu-like symptoms, nausea, eyelid droop, and pain in the face. Redness around the injection site and weak muscles may also be associated with this treatment. Patients should discuss possible side effects with their Frisco specialist before receiving treatment to ensure that they fully understand the possible risks associated with the treatment.
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