Botox is made from botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin that is not only used by medical professionals to treat muscular problems but also by beauticians and cosmetic surgeons as a beauty treatment to remove wrinkles. Although botulinum toxin is an extremely poisonous substance, when it is administered as part of a cosmetic procedure it is only given in small, harmless doses with a low concentration and therefore will not cause any harm to the patient.
How Does It Work?
Nerve cells in the body release a neurotransmitter which sends a signal to the muscles to tell them to contract. When a dose of the toxin is injected into the muscle, the neurotransmitter is prevented from being released which stops the muscle from moving. This makes wrinkles look smoother and gives a more attractive cosmetic appearance.
How Long Does A Treatment Last?
For most patients, a Botox treatment will last around 3 to 4 months, however this varies from person to person. Some patients even find that their results last for up to 12 months with long term use. There are some factors which affect how long the results of a Botox treatment will last. Depending on which area of the face requires treatment the strength of the dosage will vary. Ensuring that an appropriate amount of toxin is used is essential to achieving long lasting results. The physical make-up of the patient also has an affect on the longevity of the treatment.
If a patient has thicker facial muscles they will require a stronger dosage to achieve the same effect. On the other hand, if a patient is very athletic their improved healing abilities will result in the treatment wearing off more quickly. If treatments are kept up consistently over the long term, eventually the facial muscles that cause wrinkles weaken and this results in the effect of the treatment lasting for longer. It is always important to ensure that Botox treatments are given by a qualified professional who has plenty of experience as it is a skillful procedure that should be performed with care. This will ensure a long lasting result.
Top-Ups and Touch-Ups
Some patients require treatment touch-ups after 30 days if they are experiencing asymmetry. Most patients receive top-ups, which are full strength treatments, every 3 to 4 months for the first year, every 6 months over the second year and then during the third year, every nine months to keep their wrinkles smooth.