Botox: Trust Dr. Chandler for your Botox Injections
- Posted on: Mar 5 2020
Everyone wants to look their best and Botox can really help by erasing and reducing wrinkles. Many people opt to have Botox injected at their neighborhood nail salon or even their dentist. But even though Botox is available many places, wouldn’t you want to trust your results with a true cosmetic specialist, a trained plastic surgeon like Dr. Chandler?
That’s why you should trust Botox injections to an expert in facial anatomy. Dr. Chandler is a Board Certified Cosmetic Oculofacial and Eyelid Plastic Surgeon. He knows all of the facial muscles, and exactly where Botox should be injected to have the desired effect relaxing the correct muscles.
What is Botox?
Botox consists primarily of the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that can cause botulism. That sounds scary, but the botulinum toxin can actually be found throughout the natural world, even in the soil you’ll find in a nearby wooded area. Back in the 1950s, scientists researching the botulinum toxin found that when it was injected in incredibly minute amounts into a muscle it stopped the muscle from contracting for a period of time. Botox was born from that research.
How does Botox work?
Botox works by blocking the acetylcholine (a nerve messenger) in the muscles from relaying messages to the brain. By blocking the message to contract a muscle, the brain never initiates the contraction and the muscle remains at rest. You can see how this would be valuable in treating conditions with involuntary muscle contractions. In fact, Botox’s first FDA approval in 1996 was for treating involuntary eyelid spasms.
What about wrinkles? What is the best wrinkle treatment?
But Botox became a world-famous brand name in 2002 when the FDA approved it for treatment of frown lines (glabellar lines) and forehead lines. It added approval for treating crow’s feet in 2013. All three area of wrinkles form when we contract certain muscles on the upper third of our faces to form expressions, such as frowning or smiling. When Botox is injected into the muscle that forms one of these wrinkles, the muscle stays relaxed and the wrinkle on the skin surface doesn’t form or is dramatically lessened in appearance.
Many of our patients in Moorestown, Jenkintown, and across Philadelphia come to Dr. Chandler for Botox injections with a gentle, caring expert. That way, they look great and natural. But do remember that Botox takes about four days to fully take effect and block the muscle contractions, so be sure to allow time for the Botox to take effect and start working its magic!
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