Neurotoxin (Botox®)

Botox is a safe and FDA approved procedure by which a chemical injection essentially freezes the target muscles of the face, putting a temporary halt to the wrinkling process. The tiny needle is used to inject the reconstituted solution into the muscle that creates wrinkles. The nerve impulse sent by the brain is thus prevented from reaching and activating the muscle, which then relaxes. The result is a firm, natural-looking skin that appears younger almost immediately. This overtime leads to a gradual weakening of the muscles, and the skin covering the muscle gradually softens, leading to the resolution of wrinkles. The effect generally lasts 3-4 months, depending on the individual lifestyle and metabolism.

Neurotoxin (Botox®)

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Botox treatment is coined a lunch break procedure because it lasts no more than 10 minutes. Once the treatment provider has evaluated which areas to inject, everything else is fairly fast and does not require anesthesia. It's a quick process and you'll be on your way in no time.

The injected area may swell slightly and rubbing the injection area is not recommended. Also, these areas should not be massaged or exposed to hot water for at least 24 hours after the procedure. In addition, alcohol should be avoided within 24 hours of the end of the procedure.

The most common contraindication to Botox treatment is an active skin infection involving the injection area. Pregnant and lactating women should avoid treatment until the end of pregnancy and lactation. If you have certain neuromuscular disorders such as ALS, myasthenia gravity, and Limber-Eaton syndrome, you should avoid injections as these may worsen the conditions.