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Botox is an inactivated protein neuro-toxin from the bacterium, botulinum that is injected into the skin with a small, fine needle.
How it works: The toxin binds to the receptors on the muscles, thereby blocking them. Thus the muscle cannot receive the message from the nerve to contract. Without contraction, the lines relax. They may not fully relax after one treatment if the lines are very deep (remember the muscle has been contracting for years), but after several treatments in succession the lines usually fully relax.
Treats lines that are formed from expression:
Botox cannot treat nasolabial folds or marionette lines because these are a result of facial volume loss, not muscle contraction.
Between 4-6 months. Usually in the beginning, patients get about only 4 months out of it, but after several consecutive injections, it’s usually more towards the 6 month duration.
Bruising is the most common adverse effect. It is usually mild, and fully resolves within a week or two.