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Mar 07

Naficy Plastic & Surgery

What Areas Can Be Treated With Botox?

by Naficy Plastic & Surgery

Naficy Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center has remained the #1 single office provider of Botox in Washington State for over 15 years!

How does Botox work?

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Botox is an injectable drug which derives its name from Botulinum toxin type A, the main active ingredient in Botox. Botulinum toxin is an inhibitory protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria. Botulinum neurotoxins inhibit the release of the neurotransmitter, Acetylcholine, into the neuromuscular junction (signal delivery space between the neuron and muscle). Without the chemical messenger, Acetylcholine, the muscle in the affected area is not able to contract, causing botulism. This relaxation may be partial or complete, depending on the amount of Botox used and on the relative strength of the muscle into which it is injected. The relaxation produced by Botox is temporary and will gradually fade as the body slowly removes the product through natural cell turnover. 

Botox Uses

Cosmetic 

Botox is typically used cosmetically to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, or excessive muscle contraction. There are two different types of wrinkles on the face: static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles are present even with complete stillness and lack of expression on the face. Dynamic wrinkles are those that appear or become significantly more apparent with facial expression. Botox is ideal for treatment of dynamic wrinkles of the face and is used to relax those facial muscles whose excessive action causes wrinkling of the skin. For example, the deep lines between the eyebrows (frown lines) are one of the most popular treatment sites. 

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*Before and after Botox for crow’s feet around the eyes. Individual results may vary.

Medical

Botox treatment can also be used for a variety of medical conditions derived from excessive muscle contraction such as cervical dystonia (neck spasms), overactive bladder, blepharospasms (eye twitching) and TMJ dysfunction such as teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Botox is injected to reduce muscle contractions, not stop them completely. Thus, you will maintain voluntary control over the targeted muscles, while experiencing relief of symptoms related to excessive contraction. Treatments will need to be repeated every three to six months to maintain the desired effects. 

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*The muscles labeled in purple are associated with cervical dystonia and thus are targeted for treatment with Botox.

Additional conditions commonly treated with Botox include hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and chronic migraines. The same neurotransmitter that causes muscle contraction, Acetylcholine, is responsible for stimulating sweat glands. Therefore, Botox can be injected into skin regions that tend to over-perspire to block transmission and reduce the production of unnecessary sweat. The exact details of how Botulinum toxin prevents headaches or migraines remains unknown. Scientists hypothesize that Botox is taken up by pain receptors in the muscles’ nerves. The medication then deactivates those pain receptors and blocks pain signals that the nerves send to the brain. For many people, treatment with Botox alone is sufficient to control their chronic headaches.

If you are interested in Botox treatments, Naficy Plastic Surgery & Rejuvenation Center is equipped to meet your cosmetic needs. Each consultation and procedure is tailored to your unique anatomy and desires to achieve the best possible results. To get started, please schedule a consultation with one of our expert injectors using our Online Scheduler. Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you!




 

References & Photos:

https://www.healthandaesthetics.co.uk/advice/how-does-botox-work/

https://www.botoxmedical.com/CervicalDystonia/DosingAndAdministration

https://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/mayo-clinic-q-and-a-botox-a-treatment-for-chronic-migraine-headaches-but-not-a-cure/



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