Over time, collagen and elastin break down in the skin, which reduces elasticity and strength of the skin and causes lines and wrinkles. This is accelerated by other factors like smoking, over exposure to sun, facial expressions, and high pollution in city areas.
Botox (the most common botulinum) is used for cosmetic purposes to smooth or soften the fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions, as well as for medical purposes in reducing certain nerve impulse problems, including spasticity and clenching of muscles.
Controlled injections of Botox are used to paralyse facial muscles in order to give the impression of smoother overlying skin. Small amounts of diluted botulinum toxin can be directly injected into muscles to weaken the muscle temporarily. This blocks signals between nerves and muscles, meaning it cannot contract, which in turn cause wrinkles to relax and skin to soften, creating a more youthful appearance.
Results are noticeable from 3 days after treatment, and last an average of four to five months. Botox has been used to treat forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines since the 1980s and in 2002 gained FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval for use on glabella lines (between the eyebrows). Wrinkles that are not caused by muscle movement are unaffected by Botox, like those caused by sun damage or gravity (for example sagging skin).
Botox can have positive effects on the self-esteem of a patient who may have lacked confidence due to their perception of lines or wrinkles on the face.
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