After attaching to the motor nerve surface, the Botox® (BoNTA) molecules are brought into the cell in small vesciles
A series of proteins, VAMP, syntaxin and SNAP-25, are essential for the release of acetylcholine (1). Botulinum toxin A affects SNAP-25.
Once inside the motor nerve cell, Botox® cleaves the SNAP-25 and prevents the release of acetylcholine into the neuromuscular junction, thereby preventing muscle contraction.
What can be treated with Botox® Cosmetic?
Under the effect of Botox®, the muscles are at rest creating a more natural and relaxed appearance. Botox® is used to reduce wrinkles and the signs of aging in the face and neck, including:
Botox® Cosmetic can also be used for facial sculpting, such as lifting the eyebrows and creating a beautiful eyebrow arch, giving a more open and youthful appearance to the eyes.
Botox Cosmetic Before and After
Our patient: Botox Cosmetic Before and 2 Weeks After Injections. The "11's" are relaxed with resulting smoother, more youthful look.
After 30 days, nearly 90% of Botox® Cosmetic patients surveyed rated the improvement of their glabellar lines as moderate or better.
What happens next?
Phase II – Nerve-Muscle Communication is Restored
Botox® blocks nerve signals temporarily. The effect of Botox® injections lasts approximately 3-4 months.
A. Nerve Sprouting
New nerve endings sprout and connect to the muscle after the original nerve ending is blocked, renewing the ability of the nerve to cause muscle contractions.
B. Original Nerve Connection Re-established
Eventually, the new nerve sprouts retract and the original nerve ending regains its function.
What to expect with Botox® Cosmetic ?
Treatments are fast, simple, minimally invasive and take only 15-20 minutes. Botox® Cosmetic keeps the muscles that cause lines relaxed for three to six months. Results are visible within 7-10 days after injection.
What are Botox® injections like?
If you’re considering a wrinkle treatment and are interested in learning how Botox® Cosmetic or a dermal filler ( Juvéderm ®, Restylane ®, Radiesse ®, or Sculptra Aesthetic ®) can help you look younger please schedule your consultation with us at (973) 992-0550.