While Botox is an integral part of many women and men’s beauty arsenal, some may be unsure exactly how the injectable produces its antiaging effects.
In fact, it’s not uncommon for Botox beginners as well as regular users to wonder, “How does Botox work?”
If you are curious about how Botox and other neuromodulators, like Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau, smooth wrinkles and lines, here’s everything you need to know.
What Is Botox?
Botox is an FDA-approved neurotoxin that is derived from Clostridium botulinum bacterium.
When injected in very small concentrations, it can correct moderate to severe wrinkles and lines for a more refreshed and youthful appearance.
But that’s not all. Botox can also treat a number of muscular and glandular conditions and offer therapeutic benefits.
How Does Botox Work?
While most people know that Botox is injected under the skin, a number are unaware of its exact mechanism of action. More specifically, they wonder, “How does Botox work?”
Botox is precisely administered as a series of injections to targeted facial muscles. The neurotoxin’s goal is to block nerve signals and stop muscles from contracting.
This disconnect temporarily weakens muscles and prevents them from engaging in wrinkle-causing facial expressions.
As a result, Botox is able to relax wrinkles and lines for 3-4 months, thereby producing smoother skin.
Now that we’ve answered, “How does Botox work?” let’s discuss its aesthetic and medical applications.
For cosmetic purposes, Botox can correct forehead lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, platysmal bands, bunny lines, sagging brows, downturned corners of the mouth, and a gummy smile – just to name a few.
Botox is also helpful in the treatment of hyperhidrosis, teeth grinding, chronic migraines, blepharospasm (spasm of the eyelids), neck and shoulder spasms, overactive bladder, and strabismus (crossed eyes).
How Long Do Botox Results Last?
Botox results typically last three-to-four months. After this time, patients will need additional injections in order to maintain treatment benefits.
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