Some people say that Botox is a ‘cure all’ that can improve just about everything: wrinkles, migraines, sweating, bladder problem – and that list goes on. While Botox may sound like a miracle injection, it really has a singular function – relaxing targeted muscles.
How does Botox work?
Botox, or botulinum toxin type A, is a toxic substance. In high concentrations, botulinum toxin can cause Botulism, manifesting itself in respiratory failure and death. However, the Botox Cosmetic you receive from the cosmetic surgeon’s office is an extremely mild derivative of botulinum toxin, making it completely safe for the body. In fact, Botox is a therapeutic protein that can provide big improvements for a variety of issues.
Botox works its ‘magic’ by preventing signals from the nerve cells to reach the muscles. This, in essence, can be said to temporarily paralyze the muscles. For muscles to contract, they must respond to a chemical messenger such as acetylcholine, one of the most powerful neurotransmitters. When acetylcholine is released from nerve endings, it will attach to the receptors, causing the muscles cells then to shorten or contract. Botulinum toxin blocks the acetylcholine from attaching to the muscle cells, thus the muscles relax, never getting the message to contract. Therefore, Botox Cosmetic temporarily allows the targeted muscles to relax.
Botox is injected into the predetermined muscles, blocking signals and relaxing an area for three to four months. Wrinkles that result from repetitive muscle movement, known as dynamic wrinkles, will dramatically subside while the muscle is relaxed. Crow’s Feet, forehead creases, and Frown Lines are all dynamic wrinkles that can see significant reduction with Botox Cosmetic injections. This same process is also what diminishes migraines, eases bladder spasms, and halts hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating); as the targeted muscles no longer receive the body’s signals, they stop contracting, thus reducing unwanted symptoms.
Since Botox works by directly relaxing muscle movement, it has no effect on wrinkles caused by a loss in tissue elasticity, lax skin, or diminishing facial volume. If you are struggling with wrinkles and a loss in youthful volume, never fear. Soft tissue fillers are designed to plump facial tissues and can restore lost volume in the cheeks, under the eyes, and across the jawline. Combined with Botox Cosmetic, fillers can provide optimal facial rejuvenation. This combination is often referred to as a liquid facelift.
Botox in Houston
If you live in the Houston-area, your home for Botox Cosmetic is Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique. Located on Richmond Avenue, in the Highland Village shopping district, Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique is conveniently situated among Houston’s most luxurious stores, gourmet restaurants, and comfortable accommodations. Botox Cosmetic consultations are complimentary – so schedule your initial appointment by calling Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique at (281) 407-9549.