Say Goodbye To Worry Lines With Botox: It Really Works.
Literally tens of thousands of women are turning to a bacteria to help spruce up their image.
Cosmetic surgeons are using a diluted, purified form of the botulinum toxin known as Botox®. It’s injected into the small muscles in the face in order to paralyze nerve endings and temporarily reduce wrinkles on the face and neck.
“People walk into my office and get a few pin pricks,” says Dr. Gouverne. “It takes just a few minutes and then they’re out the door.”
Botox freezes the muscles people use when they frown or squint, which often results in deep horizontal or vertical wrinkles in the forehead. After a Botox injection, your facial muscles are in the same position as an arm in a cast. Eventually your muscles thin and flatten out. Results are usually visible within a few days and the full effect unfolds within a week. The injection wears off in three-to-six months and repeat treatments are needed several times a year to keep wrinkles from reappearing.
This miracle treatment comes with some risks. Doctors sometimes miss a muscle with the shots and the treatment is ineffective. Or, the muscle surrounding the upper eyelid is weakened resulting in a droopy eye. Some patients may report headaches after an injection.
However, Botox appears to be an excellent alternative to surgery. It’s most commonly used to treat vertical lines between the eyebrows, horizontal lines on the forehead, wrinkles on the side of the nose, frown lines, crow’s feet, even horizontal wrinkles on the neck.
Many people delighted in the minor improvements that can be achieved, and no longer avoid their mirror every morning.