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How Botox® Works

botox checking eyes imageBy now, we’ve all heard about Botox – one of the most widely-used nonsurgical cosmetic treatments in the U.S. Men and women alike are turning to Botox to get rid of frown lines and crow’s feet for a more refreshed and youthful appearance. Millions of treatments are performed every year and the satisfaction ratings are high. If you’re thinking about getting Botox, read more to learn how it works and what you can expect if you have Botox injections.

 What Is Botox and how does it work?

Over time, normal, repetitive facial movements like laughing, smiling or furrowing your brow can cause permanent wrinkles. Botulinum toxin can be injected directly into small muscle groups of your face to reduce, and sometimes eliminate those wrinkles. These toxins stop the normal chemical transmission between nerves and muscles; causing temporary paralysis of the targeted muscles and limiting the repetitive movements that cause problems. Botox is the most well-known brand of botulinum toxin and has become the way most everyone refers to this treatment.

What results can I expect?

Botox is not permanent. Your body metabolizes the toxins and your nerves regain their ability to transmit chemical signals within a few months. Most people can expect Botox results to last three to four months; although, some results can last closer to six months and others may feel their results begin to fade in about two months.

Most patients who have Botox injected consistently over time, find they need treatment less often because their muscles adjust to having to contract less often. The added bonus is that this also helps prevent deeper lines and wrinkles from forming, especially between the brows and around the eyes.

Are there any side effects?

There are no permanent side effects associated with Botox, but there are possible temporary side effects that are important to know:

Injection site bruising or swelling. This is the most common side effect. Most practitioners use the smallest needles available to limit bruising and swelling. Avoid taking blood thinners (including vitamin E, fish oil, aspirin-containing products and herbal supplements) in the few days leading up to your injection to reduce your risk of bruising.

Drooping surrounding muscles. A less-common side effect is drooping of the eyelid or drooping of muscles in an area near the injected muscle group. To reduce the possibility of the treatment spreading to unintended areas, avoid strenuous activity or pushing on injected areas for several hours following treatment.

Where should I go for my Botox?

Obviously, plastic surgeons and dermatologists offer treatment. But you may also see Botox services offered in some pretty unexpected places, like a dentist office or spa. The convenience of getting Botox treatment at one of these places may be tempting, but it can also be risky.

When choosing a Botox provider, you should find out if your injector:

  • Is board certified
  • Knows the anatomy of facial muscles
  • Knows how to achieve the results you’re interested in (and not just following a standard pattern)
  • Can counsel you if any adverse effects occur

It would be best to schedule a consultation with an expert cosmetic surgeon to discuss your concerns, your desired outcomes and to hear their recommendations.

You’ll be happier with the results and have peace of mind knowing you’re being cared for by a trusted provider.

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Emory Aesthetic Center

If you believe Botox may be right for you, schedule your complimentary consultation with a cosmetic surgeon at Emory Aesthetic Center. Our skilled doctors will help you determine if Botox is the right treatment for you and will help you get the results you want.

Ask the Doctor: How Does Botox© Work?

Botox Before and AfterBotox©, or botulinum toxin, is an injectable medication that stops muscles from moving over a short-term period, usually 3-4 months. In order for muscles to move, they must receive a signal, a chemical transmitter, which attaches to a receptor on the muscle and gives it the signal to contract. Botulinum toxin stops the release of that transmitter, so the muscle cannot move. In nature, though rare, this toxin is considered one of the most deadly toxins, because it can cause the muscles that help you breath to stop working. Over time, and after having been studied and perfected for almost 50 years now, Botox has become the number one cosmetic treatment the world over. Injected in very small doses, this medication can not only treat lines and wrinkles around the forehead, between eyes and the crows feet, but can also prevent the formation of new ones!

Botox is not only a cosmetic treatment, however. The first uses for Botox were for an eye muscle condition called strabismus. Spasms of the eye, migraines, large muscle movement disorders and voice tremors can also be treated with this effective and life-impacting drug.

The indications, both FDA-approved and not approved, for this medication are ever increasing. The key, however, is to ensure your treatment is performed in the very safest way possible. In order to save money, patients may frequent medical spas, attend “Botox” parties, sign up at dental offices, or other non-surgical specialties, thinking Botox at one place is the same as any other. In truth, the risks of having an injection into the wrong muscle group, or at too high a dose, can be far too great to engage in this type of cost cutting.

Make sure you undergo your injections with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon who performs injections on a regular basis, and has the understanding of underlying facial and neck musculature before undergoing treatment. Ask any questions that may concern you prior to your treatment as well as noting any precautions for after being injected. Botox is one of the most-studied medications we use today and has positively impacted the lives of many patients, both cosmetic and otherwise. When used safely, the vast majority is extremely pleased and loves their fresher and more youthful appearance.

If you are considering Botox©, or facial fillers, let the board certified physicians of the Emory Aesthetic Center help you decide what treatment is best for you.


About Dr. Sethna

Anita Sethna, MDAnita Sethna, MD, understands that facial plastic and reconstructive surgery demand a marriage of science and artistry, and she enjoys using precision, skill, and vision to make her patients’ dreams reality. Dr. Sethna’s meticulous attention to detail and her passion for maintaining a natural look ensure optimum results for her patients. A dedicated teacher, Dr. Sethna is devoted to assisting residents in facial trauma or reconstructive cases at Grady Hospital. She relishes the opportunity to educate residents and medical students in all aspects of patient care. Dr. Sethna has a strong interest in several areas of facial plastic surgery research and has presented at national meetings on the importance of resident and fellow education in rhinoplasty techniques and adjunctive measures to decrease discomfort during cosmetic procedures.

How Long Does Botox© Last?

Face LiftLines and wrinkles can be one of most telling signs of aging. They stem from animation and expression of the many muscles in the face. Therefore, reducing or preventing wrinkles can have a tremendous impact in maintaining a youthful appearance.

Botox© is the most well-known brand of neurotoxin that can decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It works by paralyzing the muscles in the face, and has been safely used for decades. Other newer brands of neurotoxins include Dysport© and Xeomin©, which have shown great results as well.

Most common areas of the face that are injected with Botox© are “crow’s feet” which form at the outside corners of your eyes, especially when smiling or laughing, “frown lines” that form on the forehead and between the eyebrows that can give an angry look to the face, “bunny lines” which form on the bridge of your nose, and lines around the mouth that can give a sagging appearance to the face. Treating some or all of these areas, often in conjunction with fillers, can take years off your appearance.

Unfortunately, the effects of Botox© (or any neurotoxin) do not last forever and the duration of the neurotoxin can depend on many factors. The effects of Botox© can depend on the following:

  1. Type of muscle being injected – muscles with more animation will lose the effects of Botox© more quickly hence injections in the upper half of the face don’t last as long
  2. Number of units injected
  3. Injection technique
  4. Proper dilution of the medication by the person injecting the Botox©
  5. Brand of neurotoxin used
  6. Patient’s response to the injection.

Despite all of these factors, for most people, Botox© will still last 3-4 months. You will notice that the wrinkles will start to form again when the effects of Botox© wear off. It is best to receive your injections on a regular basis rather than waiting for the wrinkles to fully return. When injected on a regular basis, the wrinkles can appear less obvious, allowing them to go longer between injections.

It is important to remember that Botox© can have unwanted side effects and therefore, it is crucial to receive your injections from a physician or an experienced aesthetician. Here, at the Emory Aesthetic Center, our cosmetic surgeons have extensive experience and can explain the treatment and side effects. We offer a full spectrum of options and will customize a plan that best fits your needs.