Facts About Botox Injections

botox-imageBotox injections in Bloomfield Hills are one of the more common anti-aging treatmentsadministered to patients. Those considering Botox for the first time need to be aware of how Botox works. Most importantly, it should never be performed at an “injection party,” or at a spa. Only a professional dermatologists such as Dr. Balle in Bloomfield Hills should administer the injections.

What Is Botox?

BOTOX® Cosmetic is a purified protein complex derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.1Botulinum toxins have been studied for more than 100 years.

Is Botox FDA-Approved?

Botox is approved by the FDA and is designed to treat fine lines and wrinkles, and also to help relieve headaches and migraines as well as conditions like excessive sweating.

How Botox Works

Botox is not something that is seen immediately after the injection. Instead, it works on wrinkles that are caused by the face’s repeated movements, such as smiling or frowning.

Botox blocks the uptake of the neurotransmitter known as acetylcholine in the facial muscles. While the nerve will send signals to the body to contract the muscles, the muscle will fail to receive the message and have little to no movement. This helps soften and smooth the look of dynamic wrinkles(creases in the skin caused by muscle movement).

Botox is temporary, and the medication will be slowly broken down in the body over time. Therefore, a patient will require more injections to keep the effects active.

Most patients will not see the full results for up to 14 days. Botox will last on average for three to four months, and then the patient will need to have the injections performed again to achieve the previous results. Though rare,  people may have faster metabolisms; therefore, they may see the results begin to diminish within two months. Most people experience Botox injections with no issue. Also, side effects-if any (most commonly headache post-treatment or a drooping of the eyelid) dissipate within a couple of hours up to a few weeks after treatment.