Smiling, yawning, and even talking causes the tissues of the face to contract and expand repetitively. Over time, facial expressions like these contribute to stretched skin and wrinkles. The endless effects of gravity and lower levels of collagen and elastin add to these aesthetic challenges. Smile lines, “crow’s feet”, fine lines, and forehead creases cause many people anxiety about the appearance of their faces, and Botox® provides a safe and effective solution in many cases.
How Botox Works
The scientific name for Botox is Botulinum Toxin Type A. It is a protein that is naturally produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. It is neurotoxic, meaning that it negatively affects the function and/or structure of nerve cells in the central and/or peripheral nervous systems.
Botox is a purified version of the same protein that C. botulinum produces. When it is precisely injected into targeted areas of the body (such as a fine line between your eyebrows), it blocks acetylcholine signals that cause muscle cells to contract. In other words, Botox relaxes wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the underlying muscles.
Botox Benefits in St. Petersburg, Florida
Botox is widely recognized because of its usefulness in relaxing skin wrinkles to enhance cosmetic beauty. It is approved by the FDA for this purpose and has been used for decades in more than 80 countries. It is delivers consistently safe and effective results when administered appropriately by a licensed professional.
Research shows that Botulinum Toxin Type A is also useful for treating chronic migraine headaches, excessive sweating, urinary bladder disorders, and various other medical conditions.
Botox works equally well for women and men. A single treatment will help to restore a more youthful and attractive appearance This often leads to increased self-confidence and a greater desire to participate in social events.
Botox Treatment Procedure
Minute amounts of Botox are injected with a very small needle into targeted treatment areas. A single injection typically takes Dr. Hermann about 10 minutes to perform and causes no downtime afterward. You’ll notice the results immediately, but they will continue to get better with time. Many patients find that their fine wrinkles have disappeared completely after 2-3 weeks post-treatment.
Results usually last 3-4 months, but vary from patient to patient. Everyone is unique and will experience individual results. Botulinum Toxin A injections are performed more than 6 million times every year, making it one of the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatments in the world.
Call the friendly and caring staff at our St. Petersburg office today at (727) 278-3992 to schedule an appointment. Botox injections are quick, safe, and can do wonders to enhance your already attractive facial features!