How Does Botox Work?
Botox continues to be the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure for women and men, and many consider it to be the gold standard for wrinkle reduction.
But before undergoing this FDA-approved anti-aging treatment, many patients may wonder about its mechanism of action.
So, how does Botox work?
Continue reading to learn about Botox’s ability to relax lines and what you can expect from the procedure.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a non-invasive injectable treatment designed to smooth moderate to severe wrinkles and treat a number of medical conditions.
It’s also the brand name for botulinum toxin type A and derived from the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum.
How Does Botox Work?
When injected into targeted facial muscles, Botox blocks the release of acetylcholine and inhibits muscle contraction.
As a result, patients are less likely to engage in wrinkle causing facial expressions and will be pleased to note a relaxation of their forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.
What Happens During a Botox Treatment?
Botox is not only an extremely popular procedure, it is also quick, effective, and relatively painless. The entire process takes just 15 minutes and can be performed in the comfort of your doctor’s office.
While not required, a topical anesthetic or ice can be applied to improve patient comfort during treatment.
Once the patient’s skin has been properly prepped, Botox is delivered to overactive muscles with an ultra-thin needle and a series of precisely placed injections.
After undergoing Botox, patients are able to resume all normal activities.
When Does Botox Start Working?
Within three-to-five days, patients will see visible smoothing of wrinkles and reduced movement in the treated area. However, it can take seven-to-14 days for final results to reveal a refreshed and more youthful appearance.
Botox benefits typically last three-to-four months, at which time, additional injections will be needed to maintain effects.
If you are bothered by lines and wrinkles and want to learn more about how Botox works, please call our office today to schedule a comprehensive consultation with one of our highly skilled and talented injectors.