The active ingredient “botulinum toxin” in Botox® and other neurotoxins weakens muscles by blocking the neurotransmitter, acetylcholine, which initiates muscle contraction. Decrease in muscle contractions lead to smoothing of lines and wrinkles in various areas of the face.
Botox is a generally a well known household name, however there are other neurotoxins that provide similar results. Movement of muscles from facial expressions such as frowning, squinting, smiling and raising the eyebrows, leads to forehead lines, frown lines, crows feet, bunny lines, etc. Wrinkles that form with facial expressions are known as dynamic lines. With age, dynamic lines can become permanent and lead to static lines which cannot be treated with Botox alone. Complementary treatments with a hyaluronic acid dermal filler can be used to smooth out static lines.
Botox can be used as a preventative treatment in clients that are in their 30s and even 20s. Genetics, damage caused by free radicals, sun exposure, and lifestyle choices can dictate when Botox should be initiated.
While it may take 2 to 4 weeks for maximal results to be seen with Botox and other neurotoxins, some muscle weakening will be seen in as little as 2 to 3 days depending on the neurotoxin administered. On average, all neurotoxins wears off and the skin returns to baseline in about 3 to 4 months. It is highly recommended that clients take advantage of VIP packages to maintain neurotoxin favorable results that come with long-term use and maintenance. At DMA health and wellness, annual packages are offered starting with 100 units per year up to 140 units per year. Packages come with complementary medical grade skin care to help maintain results and extend neurotoxin treatment.
Unfortunately, not all clients should have Botox treatments. Neurotoxin administration is a medical procedure and a medical history by a qualified medical doctor or practitioner is required before administration. Botox is not appropriate for clients with underlying medical conditions that cause muscle weakness such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or LouGehrig’s disease) and myasthenia gravis. Botox can not be administer near sites of active infection. Clients that are breast-feeding or pregnant should not receive Botox.
Neurotoxin administration is generally safe and well tolerated especially if done by an experienced and licensed medical professional. Possible side effects include discomfort or pain at the injection site and headache post procedure. A mild pain reliever such as acetaminophen may be used for headache. Ibuprofen and other NSAIDs should be avoided to decrease the chance of bruising. Another rare but potential side effect is eyelid proptosis or “droopy eyelid.” While distressing, this side effect is temporary, and goes away once the neurotoxin wears off.
To learn more about the neurotoxins offered at DMA Health and Wellness, and to determine if you are a candidate, feel free to contact us.
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