Botox Cosmetic Treatments | What is botulinum toxin?

Botulinum toxin is the substance found in Botox cosmetic treatments. When purified, botulinum toxin offers numerous benefits, both cosmetic and therapeutic. Read on to learn more and discover if Botox can benefit you.

What is Botulinum Toxin and How is It Used in Botox Cosmetics

Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by a bacteria called Clostridium Botulinum. Botulinum acts as a neurotoxin. It blocks a chemical known as acetylcholine, which plays a crucial role in muscular movement. Botox blocks the transmission of acetylcholine. When injected, Botox prevents a  muscle from contracting. The effect of the Botulinum Toxin on the injected muscle is temporary. Within 3 to 5 months, the toxin breaks down and is safely absorbed by the body.

What is Botox

Botox is the brand name for Botulinum Toxin. The FDA first cleared botox as a prescription medication in 1989. Botox is not the only treatment of its kind. Cosmetic injections, such as Xeomin and Dysport, are also derivatives of the Botulinum Toxin Type A.

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Cosmetic Applications of Botulinum Toxin

Botox injections are the most popular cosmetic treatment on the market. Cosmetically, Botox effectively smooths out the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Botox is especially good at reducing crow’s feet, forehead wrinkles, and brow lines.

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Medical Applications of Botulinum Toxin

Botulinum Toxin is famous for its cosmetic applications. However, Botox has several therapeutic applications for a wide range of conditions. Botox is scientifically proven to improve the following:

  • Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Overactive bladder
  • Neck spasms
  • Tremors
  • Lazy eye or cross eyes

Is Botox Safe?

Botulinum Toxin may sound intimidating. It’s associated with a severe condition called botulism. However, Botox cosmetic treatments utilize only a minuscule amount of neurotoxin. The potency of the Botulinum formulation is only strong enough to relax the muscle it’s injected into temporarily.

Botulinum Toxin, when used in clinical settings, has an impressive safety profile. In fact, Botox, with more than 500  articles demonstrating safety and effectiveness, is the most widely researched and studied treatment of its kind.

Botulinum Toxin Injections

Botox is safe and effective when administered by a reputable professional. If you are interested in Botox cosmetics, remember that cosmetic injections are technique-sensitive procedures. The skill and expertise of the person injecting your Botox significantly affect your experience. To ensure your safety and satisfaction, chose a well-known Botox provider who has ample experience performing this cosmetic injection.

Because the provider is critical in receiving a safe and effective treatment, discerning patients living in Purchase, NY chose the Advanced Rejuvenation Centers as their premier Botox provider. Learn more about this cosmetic injection by scheduling a consultation with the Advanced Rejuvenation Centers. Reach out online or call 914-251-1200.

SOURCES

Nigam, P K, and Anjana Nigam. “Botulinum toxin.” Indian journal of dermatology vol. 55,1 (2010): 8-14. LINK.

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Lip Flip With Botox for a Fuller Upper Lip

A lip flip refers to a lip injection using Botox. Unlike dermal fillers, which volumize lips, Botox relaxes the muscles around the lips. This allows the upper lip to unfurl outward and upward, creating a fuller-looking upper lip. Read on to discover how this treatment works. Plus, learn about results, side effects, the differences between Botox and dermal fillers for lip augmentation, and if a lip flip is right for you.

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How Does Botox Flip the Upper Lip?

Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world. It consists of a neuromodulator that temporarily relaxes muscle tissues. When used for lip augmentation, your specialist injects a minuscule amount of Botox into the Cupid’s bow (the middle part of your upper lip) and the corner of your lips.

By relaxing the muscles around the mouth, your upper lip unfurls, flipping up and out. This makes the upper lip more visible, producing a volumizing effect.

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The Difference Between Botox and Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers, like Restylane or Juvéderm, are popular lip injections. Unlike Botox that relaxes muscle tissue, dermal fillers consist of a viscous substance that adds volume below the skin. When used in lip augmentation, Juvéderm or Restylane add plump up the lips for a fuller, more voluptuous pout.

The most reliable way to determine which type of lip injection is right for you is by scheduling a consultation with a specialist. The specialist can examine the anatomy of your lips, listen to your aesthetic expectations, and determine whether Botox or fillers best suit your needs.

Typically, Botox is best for patients who:

  • Want less permanent results (Botox lasts for 3 to 4 months)
  • Want a subtle enhancement to the upper lip
  • Feel like their upper lip disappears when they smile
  • Want a less gummy looking smile
  • Want something less expensive than fillers

Typically, fillers are best for patients who:

  • Want longer-lasting results (fillers last between 6 to 12 months)
  • Want more dramatic results
  • Want to volumize their upper and lower lip
  • Want to improve the shape and symmetry of their mouth

After the Procedure

After your lip injections using Botox, you may experience slight swelling or bruising around the injection site. These side effects are mild and resolve themselves within days. Results take a few days to manifest, with full enhancement reached within a week of the treatment. Results are not permanent. The Botox injections will wear off within 3 to 4 months.

Lip Flip Near Me

Ensure you love your results by choosing a skilled specialist to perform this technique sensitive procedure. The Advanced Rejuvenation Center is a leading provider of cosmetic injections in Purchase, NY. Get started on your lip flip by scheduling a free consultation. Contact the Advanced Rejuvenation Center online or call 914-251-1200 today.

SOURCES

Li, Y., Chong, Y., Yu, N., Dong, R., & Long, X. (2021). The use of botulinum toxin A in upper lip augmentation. Journal of cosmetic dermatology20(1), 71–74. LINK.

Teixeira, J. C., Ostrom, J. Y., Hohman, M. H., & Nuara, M. J. (2020). Botulinum Toxin Type-A for Lip Augmentation: “Lip Flip”. The Journal of craniofacial surgery. LINK.

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For many people unfamiliar with the injectables, the line between Botox and Fillers can become a bit blurry. However, when choosing which procedure may be best for you, it is important to understand more about each of them and also how they differ.

What is Botox?

Botox is Botulinum toxin, a protein that can temporarily relax the muscles in your face and reduce or eliminate lines and wrinkles. It can also be used to treat various medical conditions like excessive sweating and migraines.

Getting Botox injections is a safe procedure that has been around for decades. After a treatment session, there is not really any downtime. The immediate area around the injection site may be a bit tender, bruised, or swollen for a short period of time. However, the bruising is not so severe that you can’t cover it up with a little makeup.

Who Should and Shouldn’t Get Botox Treatments?

Botox is a treatment that is excellent for people that want to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is especially effective for eliminating frown lines, crow’s feet, and glabellar lines

It is shouldn’t be used by people with certain medical conditions like nerve damage. Treatments are also not advised for women that are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What are Fillers?

Dermal fillers, usually shortened to simply fillers, are gel-like hyaluronic acid that is injected into the soft tissue of the face. These fillers help to reduce the appearance of fine lines. There are other types of fillers, such as lip fillers, that actually add volume to the lips.

Getting injections of dermal fillers such as Juvederm, take about 30 minutes, but the results last for a year or more. The filler injections cause similar side effects to Botox injections such as swelling, bruising, and slight tenderness. Again, the bruising can be covered with makeup.

Who Should and Shouldn’t Get Filler Treatments?

Fillers can help eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, similar to Botox. However, it is also a good choice for people that have lost volume in their face, such as marathon runners. The fillers can give a more youthful appearance in this instance.

As with any procedure or treatment, people should consult with their physician before having filler injections. However, there are no particular contraindications to the treatment. There isn’t any known risk to those that are pregnant or breastfeeding either.

In Conclusion

Both Botox and dermal fillers can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. If you are considering one of these treatments, it is best to discuss the particular results you want to achieve with your plastic surgeon to decide which option is best for you.