St. Louis Botox Specialists
Botox Can Reduce and Prevent the Appearance of Facial Wrinkles
No facial rejuvenation product has gained faster popularity among both men and women than Botox, or botulinum toxin. The demand for Botox directly relates to its safety record and proven ability to reduce and prevent certain facial lines and wrinkles. Dynamic facial lines are caused by the repeated contraction of muscles when we smile or frown. As we age, our skin becomes less elastic and therefore less able to spring back after a muscle contraction. Over time, the natural expression lines in the brow and around the eyes become more apparent, and more permanent.
Injections of Botox Cosmetic block the nerve impulses that contract certain facial muscles. When these muscles stay relaxed, crow's feet around the eyes, vertical lines between the brows, and horizontal forehead lines smooth out because their cause is eliminated.
If you are considering Botox, be aware that results are not immediate. Improvement in facial lines doesn't occur for about a week, and full effectiveness takes 2 weeks.
There is no need to worry about seeming expressionless after a Botox treatment by one of our surgeons. You will still look perfectly normal when you laugh, smile, or frown. Botox injections continue working for about 4 months.
Patients who have used Dysport (another botulinum toxin) may use Botox Cosmetic, but the two products are not the same. The units of Botox and units of Dysport per treatment are not interchangeable. In clinical trials for FDA approval, the patients treated with Botox received 20 units and the patients treated with Dysport received 50 units. Dysport does seem to spread or migrate farther than Botox Cosmetic which means that different patterns for injection need to be used for the two botulinum toxins. When injections are performed around the mouth for perioral wrinkles or to treat the down turned corners of the mouth, Botox Cosmetic is probably a better product because it is more precise and has less migration. Dysport may have a slightly faster onset of action. Dysport and Botox Cosmetic have similar longevities, meaning they both last for about the same length of time.
Excessive Perspiration (Hyperhidrosis)
In addition to its use for reducing facial lines in the forehead and around the eyes, Botox is extremely effective in treating hyperhidrosis, or excessive perspiration. Embarrassing sweating of the forehead, armpits, palms of the hands, or soles of the feet is a common problem with no permanent solution, but Botox injections basically stop the sweating.
When used for hyperhidrosis, Botox effectively reduces perspiration for approximately 1 year. People who seek hyperhidrosis treatment are often involved in careers that require being in close proximity with clients who might be offended by underarm odor. Businessmen and women who tend to develop sweaty palms and must shake hands frequently are also grateful for Botox treatments.