How Does Botox® Work?
Botox® is an FDA-approved product made from botulinum toxin A. This toxin interferes with the signals between muscle cells and nerve cells. This temporary effect quiets the nerve cell and stops it from telling the muscle to contract.
With no muscle contractions pulling on the skin, the lines and wrinkles in the treated area become smoother and start to relax. Within a few days of treatment, you will see the neurotoxin begin to work, and wrinkles start to soften.
Because the effects of Botox® only last for a certain amount of time, it does no harm to the muscles or the nerves, and when the treatment wears off, normal muscle function will come back. Many people have Botox® on a regular basis to make sure their expression lines don’t make a comeback.
What are the Benefits of Botox®?
As a cosmetic treatment, Botox® offers several significant benefits.
- Treatment takes less than twenty minutes in many cases
- Results become visible within days
- Smoothing of expression lines and wrinkles
- Well-established safety record
- The most well-known and established name in neurotoxin treatments
Other methods of reducing lines and wrinkles can involve surgical procedures or skin resurfacing treatments, both of which have a longer recovery than Botox®. Laser treatments often require multiple sessions to achieve results, while Botox® requires only one round of injections per treatment.