What is Botox?
Botox Cosmetic, also known as botulinum toxin, is a neurotoxic protein that is produced by Clostridium botulinum and other related species of bacterium. In general, Botox is beneficial to the anti-aging process because it prevents nerves from communicating with specific muscle groups, along the injection area. This results in a temporary paralysis of targeted muscle, and hence, a soothing of wrinkles.
How Does Botox Work?
Human muscle contains millions of tiny receptors, controlled by nerves through a network of thin fibers. Think of these fibers as being similar to an AT&T trunk of phone wires, containing thousands of connectors for various locations. The fiber flows way from the nerve to the muscle. Along this route, between the nerve and muscle, is a space (referred to as the synaptic gap). In this gap, chemicals are discharged, thus making the muscle contract.
So where does Botox fit in? The Botulinum Toxin prevents transmissions from occurring across the synaptic gap, and as no signals arrive at their designation, the muscle from contracting. As the muscle fails to contract, and remain relaxed, its associated wrinkles will fade away.
How much Botox do I need?
The amount of Botox Cosmetic that you will need may differ according to the type of muscle targeted, time between treatments, and the desired amount correction required. Different muscles need varying amounts for optimal results. Pair that other factors such as the time between treatments and the level of correction desired means that every area will require a unique amount of Botox Cosmetic. A sufficient Botox injection will hold smooth the intended facial lines, and provide benefits that can last up to three months. At this time, the muscles will revert back to their original condition, requiring a repeat Botox treatment.
What are the side effects of Botox Cosmetic?
Botox has few side effects. When they occur, these can include mild redness and swelling at the injection site, poor wound healing, or asymmetry. In rare cases, complications with Botox Cosmetic can include short-term headaches and bruising at the injection site.
There is little risk from long periods of Botox Cosmetic use; patients can utilize the injectable for years without worry of long term side effects. In fact, these patients often report better and longer lasting results, even the ability to go longer between injections.
Botox injected in the wrong area or an incorrect amount can change the patient’s facial expressions, so it is critical that it is always be applied by an experienced provider. With a trained professional, educated on the latest and best practices, the chance for Botox Cosmetic complications diminishes greatly.
Where is the safest Botox in Houston?
Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique is Houston’s top Botox Cosmetic provider. Our renowned staff of aesthetic experts is ready to help you be the best you can be. Call Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique at 281.407.9549. Your initial consultation appointment is complementary – and we are happy taking walk-ins.