What does botox do? How does it work?
Botulinum toxin or “botox” works to reduce and improve wrinkles by temporarily blocking the muscle motion. Repeated muscle motion causes wrinkles to appear and become permanent or static. Stopping the repeated creasing of the skin by blocking the muscle allows the wrinkle to improve.
Where can botox be used?
- glabella or the “11’s” (between the eyebrows)
- crows feet
- lips (for smokers lines or “lip flip”)
- corner of the mouth
- neck bands
- chin dimples
- angle of the jaw or masseter muscle
- axilla or underarms to reduce hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating
What is the difference between Botox Cosmetic, Dysport and Jeuveau?
All these products are a form of purified botulinum toxin and are FDA approved for treatment of facial wrinkles. Each of them has subtle differences, but they are very similar in the mechanism of action and results (as demonstrated by scientific studies). Physicians may prefer one product to another for certain areas of the face. Some patients feel that one works better than others. Dr. Aquadro will discuss all the products with you at your consultation.
Who is not a good candidate for botox?
- Pregnant or nursing women
- People with neuromuscular disorders (ALS, myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, etc.)
- People with known sensitivities to human albumin or Botox
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