What’s the Secret to How Botox Works?

Posted on November 9, 2015 by Ella Fedonenko


This question is on the minds of many patients who regularly seek, or consider, Botox treatments. An ever-increasing number of women and men get Botox injections to fade wrinkles and help them look rested, refreshed and youthful. Industry experts estimate that 6.7 million Botox treatments were administered for this purpose in 2014, an increase of about 710% since 2000, with about 411,000 of the total given to men.

The number of Botox patients climbs higher when you take into account Botox used for uncomfortable medical conditions, such as excessive sweating or migraines. In fact, many people have Botox injections for multiple reasons: in the scalp or underarms for sweating, or in the forehead for furrows between the brows. For those who are wondering how Botox works against facial wrinkles, let’s delve into the science behind Botox.

What Makes Botox so Safe?

Botox is made from a purified form of botulinum bacteria. Clostridium botulinum bacteria is found in soil and it can produce a poisonous toxin causing botulism, a type of food poisoning, when insufficiently sterilized foods or improperly sealed, packaged foods are eaten.

The excellent safety profile of Botox is due to its purification, dosage and administration. The dosage of the purified toxin is tiny, well controlled, and safe when administered to specific necessary areas by trained medical staff.

The temporary nature of Botox also enhances its safety profile. Proper and meticulous technique is extremely important, so patients should see only experienced medical professionals. Advanced knowledge of facial muscles and anatomy is crucial for successful Botox treatment. Botox is used for more serious medical problems as well, such as treating muscle spasms from MS (multiple sclerosis), Parkinson’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome and cerebral palsy.

How Does Botox Work on Wrinkles?

Botox (Botulinum toxin A) works by temporarily blocking muscle receptors for acetylcholine, the chemical responsible for transmitting alerts from your nerves. Botox injections target specific facial muscles, temporarily paralyzing them so they remain relaxed. Skin above stays smooth and unwrinkled for months. While these dynamic (movement-caused) wrinkles are quieted, aging skin still loses elasticity over time, developing static wrinkles. Regular Botox treatments slow this process and soften static wrinkles, too, but won’t work on purely sun-damaged skin.

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