What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacteria, Clostridium botulinum. BOTOX® is the brand name of a toxin produced by pharmaceutical company, Allergan. The FDA approved usage of botulinum toxin in the late 1980s when it was discovered that botulinum toxin could stop ailments such as blepharospasm (uncontrolled blinking) and strabismus (lazy eye). Cosmetic physicians have been using BOTOX® for years to successfully treat wrinkles and facial creases. BOTOX® is approved for treatment of frown lines on the forehead, crow’s feet (lines around the eye), and axillary hyperhidrosis (increased sweating of the armpits).
How does Botox work?
Botox works by temporarily blocking the signal between the nerve and the muscle. The muscle is no longer able to contract thus relaxing and softening the overlying wrinkles. Studies show that when Botox treatment is done on a regular basis, the muscles learn not to contract, and less Botox is needed to achieve the same results. Moreover, before permanent wrinkles form, regular Botox treatments can prevent more severe lines from developing.
Botox is proven to improve dynamic wrinkles and creases. Within 1-2 weeks of injection, improvements become obvious and continue to improve up to a month. However, the success of your Botox treatment depends upon the skills and expertise of the injector. Dr. Rachel White is a board certified dermatologist who has the skills, experience and artistic eye to provide you with the desired refreshed results you presumably seek.
Cosmetic applications of Botox
The following areas can benefit from Botox treatment:
- Lateral and horizontal brow lines
- Frown lines, worry lines or “elevens”
- Forehead wrinkles
- Wrinkles around the eyes or “crow’s feet”
- “Bunny” lines on the nose
- Downward slanting or asymmetric mouth corners
- Vertical lip lines
- Gummy smiles
- Masseter muscle or jawline slimming
- Chin wrinkling/dimpling
- Neck bands
Botox when placed properly creates a refreshed and rested appearance. To discover how Dr. White can help you overcome the signs aging, schedule a consultation. During your consultation Dr. White will review your medical history and examine your skin. She will determine whether you are a good candidate, make recommendations and explain the procedure to you.
Alternatives to Botox
Within the past few years, new products that have similar preparations have been introduced into the U.S. market and have been well-received by patients.
During a cosmetic dermatology consultation with Dr. White, she can discuss the differences between these products and which work best for your desired outcome.