Your appearance can influence the way you feel about yourself, how others treat you and can even affect aspects of your life such as your personal relationships and career. If you are beginning to see the signs of aging, such as fine liens and wrinkles, this can lower your self-esteem and ultimately your overall well-being. Healthy looking skin is important and these days Botox is a non-invasive cosmetic treatment for facial rejuvenation.
How Botox Works
Botox injections cause selective muscles at the injection site to become de-sensitized and prevent them from contracting. A muscle contracts when it receives a message from a nerve. In order for the nerve to communicate with muscle tissue it sends a signal via a chemical called acetylcholine, which in turn causes a series of chemical actions that make the muscle contract. Botox works by blocking the muscle’s acetylcholine receptors which essentially leaves the muscle paralyzed without causing any damage to either the nerve or the muscle.
Acetylcholine blockage usually takes place within 48 hours of having an injection and is not reversible for 3-6 months. The actual effects of the injection become noticeable within 5-10 days. Over the subsequent 5-6 months the muscle will gradually develop new receptor sites for acetylcholine to attach to and will be able to contract again.
One of the causes of wrinkles such as frown lines and crow’s feet is small muscle contractions. Facial expressions such as frowning, smiling and squinting can cause these wrinkles to become more prominent. This is why the selection of injection points is crucial to Botox’s effectiveness. As the skin ages it loses elasticity and will eventually form permanent creases that are noticeable even without muscle contractions. Though Botox is unable to completely remove these wrinkles, it can soften their appearance. Botox typically reduces visible wrinkles by 80 percent.
At Riverside Oral & Facial Surgery, we are dedicated to providing the best facial skin care available in northwest Georgia. We take great pride in serving our patient’s needs using cutting-edge equipment and techniques. If you are considering any type of facial cosmetic procedure, contact us today to find out more.