If you have frown lines, crows' feet, and other facial wrinkles, Dr. Julio Clavijo-Alvarez can provide BOTOX Cosmetic injections to rejuvenate your look without the need for surgery. BOTOX Cosmetic works by relaxing specific facial muscles and easing the wrinkles. ReNova Plastic Surgery also offers Dysport® and Xeomin® injectable treatments.
This video will discuss details about facial muscle relaxers.
The contraction of the muscle occurs in one direction, as shown here. The wrinkles occur in a perpendicular vector, as shown by this graphic. Finally, the skin reflects the muscle action, due to closed attachments.
This is how the movement of the muscle happens. The nerve generates impulses, also known as action potentials, which travel from the brain and the spine into the motor muscle cells. The nerve terminals release acetylcholine, which defuses across into muscle receptors, favoring the muscle contraction and movement. Here, you can see the acetylcholine migrating into the receptors at the muscle level. Once this happens, the muscle moves.
Patients who are good candidates for the procedure are women or men who want to correct the usual changes of facial muscle animation, including the wrinkles to the forehead, frowning muscles, bunny lines, gummy smile, smoker lines to the mouth, and neck bands. Other uses of Botox are control of sweating to the armpits, hands, and feet; hair enhancement by creating less grease and preventing from using a lot of hair products. Finally, it has been described that it controls or help control acne.
Botox works by blocking the receptors of acetylcholine to the muscle level, impeding the action. Now, let's discuss some facts about Botox. Botox is not a poison, it's a toxin. It has been used in medicine for over a decade. Its function is by blocking the muscle movement, allowing your muscle-related wrinkles to disappear. The dosages that are used for cosmetic purposes are significantly below the toxin levels, making it a very safe medication. Usually, it takes effect within one to two weeks and it lasts for three to four months. However, over time, the muscle will start to loosen the tone, favoring longer times for the paralysis.
These are some other products that can be used. The first one in the market was Botox. There are other alternatives, including Dysport and Xeomin. The overall effect is the same among the options.
Another question is, when can you start using it? Truly, the answer is, whenever you see the wrinkles. Originally, Botox was used in five-year-old patients to control to cross-eyes and this was done safely. Caution, Botox is not a magic wand. Long-lasting wrinkles will take many months to soften, despite a successful treatment with Botox. It usually takes between six to nine months of the treatment.
Some of the complications of the procedure include bleeding or bruising, incomplete block, or asymmetry. One of the most dreaded complications is the droopy eye. Fortunately, I haven't had my first one. It is usually secondary to the injection of the frowning lines. It is explained by migration of the Botox into this area. Please, do not exercise after injections for 24 hours.
Now, let's review some consider patients that have undergone this procedure. This patient was concerned about her forehead lines. You can see the significant improvement.
This patient was concerned about her frowning lines. Please appreciate the improvement after the procedure.
And finally, this patient was concerned about her gummy smile. Please appreciate the significant improvement.
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