Make Botox Your Guest for Your Holiday Parties
- Posted on: Nov 15 2019
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Now that the summer’s long gone and the leaves are changing, it’s time to think of guest lists and mistletoe, of office parties and family dinners. It’s holiday party season in Georgia! Here’s lookin’ at you!
When they are looking at you, would you rather they not see those crow’s feet at the outside of your eyes and those 11s between your eyebrows? Hmm. Then you might want to make room on your guest list for a Botox session with the team at Snodgrass & Robinson.
What is Botox?
Pretty much everyone in the world knows Botox. It is truly one of the world’s most famous brand names. But those same people aren’t always so sure exactly what Botox is or how it works.
Botox is made from the botulinum toxin type A and a couple other proteins. The botulinum toxin type A are the same bacteria that can cause botulism, and that sounds scary. But it’s not really. Way back in the 1940s, scientists discovered that when the botulinum toxin was injected into a muscle in very miniscule amounts that it temporarily paralyzed that muscle, stopping it from contracting. Scientists figured this could be a great solution to issues where people suffer from involuntary muscle contractions, such as eyelid spasms (that is actually where Botox received its first approval, for eyelid spasms). Since that first approval in 1996, Botox has received subsequent approvals to treat migraine headaches, urinary incontinence, excessive sweating, and even temporomandibular joint disorder.
But Botox became a worldwide phenomenon in 2002 when the FDA approved it for cosmetic use on the upper third of the face.
How does it do it?
Certain wrinkles on the upper third of the face are caused when muscles contract beneath the surface. These are crow’s feet, glabellar lines between the eyebrows, and forehead lines. You can feel the muscles engage when you make an expression such as frowning. Those are the muscles that form wrinkles on the surface after decades of making those contractions.
When Botox is injected into the muscle forming, say, your crow’s feet, it blocks the acetylcholine (the nerve messenger in the muscle) from being released. The brain then never receives the nerve message to contract the muscle, so it leaves it at rest. Voila, no more crow’s feet on the skin above the relaxed muscle. Botox keeps the muscle relaxed for about four months.
Want to put some Botox to work on your crow’s feet, 11s, or forehead lines? This is the perfect time to smooth these wrinkles for all of your holiday parties. Call us at (706) 378-0200 to schedule your Botox session.
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