Botox is the most well- known brand name for Botulinum Toxin and has been used increasingly over the last twenty years for the reduction of lines and wrinkles. But how does Botox work?
Medical Director and Head Clinician at SkinViva, Dr Tim Pearce, has given his feedback on this commonly asked question.
In his latest video produced at the SkinViva Clinic in Manchester, Dr Tim explains that Botox basically works by trimming off the receptor within a nerve terminal. Nerves are responsible for transporting messages from the brain to the muscle to tell it to move.
Wrinkles form over time when a muscle contracts and moves a lot, causing creases in the skin. This can happen at any point over the age of around 15, however, it is much more common in older people i.e. 30+ because by the time you reach your 30’s, your collagen levels are rapidly starting to decrease, which means that your skin will gradually lose its elasticity.
By trimming off the nerve receptors, Botox actually stops the nerve from sending the message to the muscle to tell it to move. This prevents the muscle from moving and causing creases which, over time, will soften or even eliminate the wrinkle!
Botox only lasts for 3-4 months on average, which is about as long as it takes for your body to rebuild the receptors in the nerve terminals. Once the receptors have been rebuilt, the nerve will start to send messages to the muscle again, meaning that the muscle will start to move. Once the muscle has started to move again, the wrinkle will start to come back which is why people return for treatment every few months if they want to remain line free.
Want to know more? Check out Dr Tim’s video below…
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