BOTOX® injections are the most popular minimally invasive cosmetic treatments on earth. In 2017, more than 7 million people received BOTOX® injections in the United States alone. But what are BOTOX® injections for, and how do they work?
How Does it Work?
The treatment works in ways that are different from dermal fillers, chemical peels, or dermabrasion. When it is injected beneath the client’s skin, it disrupt the actions of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter, a chemical that sends messages back and forth between the nerve cells, or neurons. In this case, acetylcholine sends messages to the nerves that control muscles. When it is interrupted, the targeted muscle relaxes. The effect is that the wrinkle that’s right above it smooths out.
Before the Treatment
Good candidates are in good mental and physical health, are non-smokers and are not allergic to BOTOX®. One reason for BOTOX®’s popularity is that it’s an outpatient procedure. It is done in the practitioner’s office, and the client can leave right after a session which only lasts about 10 minutes.
The aesthetician may mark the areas they will inject before the treatment begins. During the session the aesthetician may ask the client to smile, frown, raise their eyebrows or make other facial movements. All of this helps the aesthetician find the best muscles to inject.
The client should see improvement in their wrinkles and lines as early as a week after the treatment. The improvements should last about three months, and the good news is that they can return for touch-ups.