ANTIAGING TREATMENTS: FACIAL
Botox is a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridia;
one of the most powerful poisons known. However, when
used as a therapeutic tool, it becomes a relatively
benign substance and is an effective treatment for deep
How Botoxt Works
binds irreversibly to neurons in the skin. After
this has occurred, acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter
responsible for triggering muscle contractions, cannot
This causes muscle paralysis and over time produces
Botox has been approved for some years by the FDA for
ophthalmologic problems, muscle tremors and dystonias.
Over the last few years, since approved by the FDA in
2002, it has become a widely used treatment for wrinkles.
Botox works best in the upper third of the face, such
as the mid brow area (glabella lines), forehead, and
the crow's feet. Other areas that respond well include
the neck area and jaw line. The duration of effect caused
by Botox is typically starts at around 3 months. After
many treatments, the duration of effect prolongs due
to muscle atrophy.
The procedure is performed by a dermatologist or physician
in a clinic or spa. It takes approximately 15 minutes
for a treatment. No or minimal anesthesia is required,
ice is often used topically for a few seconds before
Complications are generally only minor and include
bruising, swelling. In some instances, headaches, neck
pain, nausea and eyelid drooping may occur.
Botox should not be used in patients with a prior
neurological condition, allergy to albumin, or during
Alternatives for Botox
Recent alternatives in topical lotions that simulate
the effects of Botox are now extremely popular. These
serum, lotions or creams usually contain peptides which
can disrupt nerve signals in the dermis, thereby relaxing
muscles in a similar way to Botox. These Peptides also
have the capability to suppress low amounts of inflammation
in the face and help the skin stimulate more collagen.