Learn How Botox Works & Resolve to Reduce Wrinkles in 2019 with BOTOX®
Although weight loss is still the number one New Year’s Resolution year after year for millions of Americans, a new aspiration is climbing the ladder – looking as young as you feel. Over 7 million Botox treatments were performed in 2017 alone. The reason? It works! Botox has been proven to safely and effectively reduce wrinkles and restore a more refreshed appearance to your skin. But, there is still a lot of speculation on how Botox works. Let’s take a look at the science behind Botox and how you can harness it to reach your 2019 skincare resolutions!
Learn the science behind how the nation’s #1 wrinkle reducer works!
Botox is in a family of pharmaceuticals called neurotoxins. It is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. Basically , it is a poison secreted by this bacterium that is then refined as a protein which can safely be dosed and administered by a qualified and licensed professional. It comes in a powdered form which your injector dilutes with saline to create units of Botox for safe dosing.
The muscle contractions that occur under your skin are mostly responsible for creating a wrinkle, although lifestyle and environmental factors can play a large part as well. Botox works by being injected into the muscles that cause wrinkle inducing contractions. The nerves on these muscles have small receptor cells and synapses that, once injected, Botox blocks. It temporarily inhibits those receptors from receiving the signal from the brain to contract. As a result, the underlying muscle can no longer contract which causes any wrinkles to soften and smooth. The best part? This can also prevent new wrinkles from forming!
Botox is a localized injection which means it stays were it is injected and does not spread. It may migrate up to 3 cm, which some injectors use to their advantage and anticipate. Even if some of the molecules within Botox reached your bloodstream the doses used for cosmetic applications of Botox are so miniscule that no effect would be experienced. For example, an average Botox treatment is around 50-100 units. A harmful systemic dose of Botox would be in the range of 2,500-3,000 units.
Even though Botox blocks nerve receptors from receiving contraction commands from the brain, your face will not go numb at the treatment sight. Your body has two different types of nerves. One kind makes motions and the other allows you to feel. Botox works on the nerves that generate motion.
Botox Before and After
Botox does not work instantly. It generally takes up to 4 days for you to notice inhibited contraction of the muscles at the treatment site. Full smoothing results are seen at 10 to 14 days. The results set in gradually and wear off gradually. Most people can expect to have results that last 3 to 4 months, longer if you begin Botox earlier in life. This is a rising trend in cosmetic injectables as Botox has a prophylactic effect, meaning it can help prevent wrinkles from forming!
When the Botox protein stops functioning between 3 to 4 months, your body breaks it down into amino acids that are safely excreted through your kidneys. Your results will wear off sooner in larger muscles and last longer in smaller areas. And, contrary to what you may have heard, your body never builds up a tolerance to Botox.
With over a 95% satisfaction rating by REALSELF users, it’s no wonder that millions of people rely on Botox each year to help them look as young as they feel. As with any cosmetic treatment, it is imperative that you seek out a reputable, experienced and licensed provider for your Botox treatment to ensure the safest and most optimal results for the New Year!
Do you have more questions about how Botox works? Are you ready to reduce wrinkles with Botox? Contact Infinite Youth Medical Spa today to discuss mapping out an annual treatment plan to keep your appearance looking refreshed, rejuvenated and wrinkle-free all year long!