How does Botox Work?

How do wrinkle reducing treatments work?

Wrinkles are mainly caused by muscle contraction. For example, when you are angry or confused, you draw your eyebrows together and downwards. This causes pleating of the skin which results in frown lines. Similarly, elevation of the eyebrows causes horizontal lines on the forehead and smiling/squinting causes crows feet around the eyes.

Toxins are injected into the target muscle directly below the wrinkled area and blocks the transmission of signals from the nerve ending to the muscle. This causes temporary paralysis of the treated muscle the causes the wrinkles, which results in the reduction or loss of wrinkles.

How long do results last?

Results will start to show after 3-10 days and will last 3-5 months. The result is not permanent because the nerve ending re-establishes it’s signalling by forming new nerve sprouts. This sprouting takes approximately 3-4 months, at which point the muscle regains it’s activity and the wrinkles begin to reappear. Clients who have treatments 2 or 3 times per year tend to find the results may last longer after the first 2 years of treatments. When combined with other skincare treatments, it is an essential component of anti-aging.