Botox is an injected drug that has grown dramatically in popularity over the years due to its efficacy as a means of combating specific signs of aging. It is proven to reduce wrinkles, lines and facial folds that appear and intensify with age due to the workings of the strong muscles we have under the skin.
Botox Cosmetic is a purified protein that blocks nerve impulses that trigger muscle contractions. As an anti-aging procedure, Botox is injected into targeted areas, most typically in the forehead and around the eyes or frown lines. Post injection, you will experience a relaxation of facial muscles near the injection site. Since the injected muscle can no longer contract, the Botox treatment effectively softens existing wrinkles and creases caused by the muscle. Equally if not more importantly, Botox treatment prevents the muscle from making facial lines deeper and more pronounced, while preventing new creases from occurring.
It generally takes three to seven days to take full effect and results typically last three to four months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and wrinkles need to be retreated.
The relaxation of the strong forehead muscles may have additional added benefits as Botox Cosmetic has also been FDA approved for the preventative treatment of headaches and migraines.