What Is Botox / Botulinum Toxin?
Botox/Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species. It is a substance injected into the skin which is known to inhibit muscle movement, and that can prevent wrinkles from developing or worsening.
How Does Botox / Botulinum Toxin Work?
In order for any muscle to contract, the nerves release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine at the junction where nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the cells to contract, or shorten.
Botox injections prevent the release of acetylcholine, which stops the muscle cells from contracting. In this way, the toxin helps the muscles to become less stiff.
Who Would Benefit From Botox Treatment?
Botox / Botulinum toxin can benefit anyone, both men and women. It is most effective in improving the lines or wrinkles that are due to facial expressions, including frown and forehead lines. These particular lines are usually caused by overactive muscles and this treatment stops the muscles from contracting and causing the wrinkles.
How Long Do Botox / Botulinum Toxin Treatments Last?
Botox / Botulinum toxin lasts 3-4 months. There will certainly be patients in which, it lasts longer than 4-6 months, or maybe shorter. It is also common for first-timers to notice that it may not last as long as initially hoped, however they may last longer after the second treatment.