Ever since the FDA approved Botox for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles back in 2002, it has become a household name. Botox is even more famous than many of the famous faces in Hollywood who use it to keep some of the signs of aging at bay.
So, why is it so famous? Because Botox works, pure and simple. Botox minimizes lines and wrinkles; caused by making facial expressions that result in crow’s feet, frown lines, and things like that.
Botox is a neurotoxin. It is actually made from the botulinum toxin type A. This is the same bacteria that cause botulism. That sounds scary, but it’s not. Why? Because decades ago, scientists discovered that the botulinum toxin, when used in very small amounts, can actually temporarily paralyze a muscle. It does this by blocking the signals from the nerve to the brain. Without those messages, the brain doesn’t signal muscle contractions. So when you frown or squint the muscles are less active and your skin stays smooth.
When opting to have Botox injections, however, it is important to choose a doctor thoroughly versed in facial anatomy, such as Dr. Gurley, because Botox injected into the wrong muscle or injecting too much Botox can create problems such as a droopy eyelid or an odd appearance.
Botox generally last about 3-4 months. That’s when it is time to have another Botox session with Dr. Gurley to maintain your results. Give us a call at 636-812-4300 to schedule your appointment.