Almost everyone in Tampa knows that Botox is used cosmetically to reduce wrinkles, but some wonder if it is the best solution?  Botox has been in use to treat wrinkles since 2002, but has been in use as a medical treatment for other conditions since the late 80’s.  Used as directed and administered by a well-trained medical practitioner within an accredited office facility, it is considered to be extremely safe and enormously effective at reducing wrinkles and fine lines.

How Does Botox Work to Reduce Wrinkles?

Botox is a protein and a neurotoxin that is derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.  This substance has been long known as the cause for the botulism, a rare but sometimes fatal illness.  Botulism was generally associated with poorly handled canned foods.  It is rather uncommon today in the United States due to food safety regulations but occurs more frequently among improperly made home-canned foods.  Over the years, research on this bacterium has found that there are many positive medical benefits that can be derived from botulinum toxin.  In the early 1980’s, it was found to be extremely helpful in controlling spasms around the eyes.  A side effect of this cure for eye-spasms, was the reduction of wrinkles in the treated area.

Botox reduces wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscles that produce the wrinkles.  The result is muscles that can no longer contract, and so the wrinkles relax and soften. It usually takes two to four days to see cosmetic improvement and the effects tend to last from four to six months. According to Dr. Dominic Castellano, a facial plastic surgeon in Tampa, most patients require retreatment to remove wrinkles and lines as they begin to reappear, but after each injection the wrinkles return as less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.

Is Botox Best at Reducing Wrinkles?  Or is there a Better Solution?

Botox has been proven to be one of the best wrinkle-reducing treatments on the market today.  Botox was injected over 5.6 million times in 2011 and its use continues to grow each year in the United States.  Dr. Dominic says that Botox works best on “dynamic wrinkles” which are the wrinkles you see when the muscle contracts (as oppose to passive wrinkles that remain whether facial muscles are flexed or not).  This means that the wrinkles around the eyes, near the mouth and in the forehead region are some of areas that are most successfully treated by an injection of Botox.  “Passive wrinkles” can also be lessened by an injection of Botox, however deep lines and furrows may not react to the drug in the same way.

Dr. Dominic, head of Elite Facial Plastic Surgery, recommends dermal fillers for certain types of facial lines rather than Botox.  “For nasolabial folds and marionette lines, often dermal fillers can be a more successful solution than Botox.  Once the facial lines have reached a certain depth, dermal fillers are a better solution and often a longer lasting solution for treating the problem area.”  Dermal fillers work differently by plumping up or filling in the crevasse in the skin, rather than by paralyzing the underlying muscle.  There are a variety of dermal fillers in use that offer different benefits in terms of the length of effectiveness, degree of “plumping power” and ability to provide a natural texture.  Where the wrinkles are located and the depth of the lines will often determine either the best dermal filler to use or whether Botox is the better answer.

How do I know if Botox is for best for Reducing my Wrinkles?

The best way to determine if Botox is the right treatment for your facial lines is to see a well-qualified medical practitioner that has much experience with Botox and also with other injectable products such as dermal fillers.  A good plastic surgeon has the greatest understanding of how wrinkles are formed, so often can offer the finest treatment to reduce the lines.  Although Botox is generally very safe, it is still important to seek out a trained medical professional, rather than risk an injection by a novice.  Most of the bad results or injuries associated with Botox treatment are a result of a poorly placed injection by an inexperienced injector, or having too much Botox (or worse, fake Botox) injected.

If you live in the Tampa area and wish to find out the best way to reduce your facial wrinkles, please contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery for a complimentary consultation.  Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a fully accredited medical facility located in Tampa Florida. Medical Director, Dr. Dominic Castellano is a highly respected, board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over 20 years of experience. The medical team is well trained and specializes in facial cosmetic surgery and injectable procedures.  Call (813) 975-3223 today to schedule your complimentary visit or go to our website for more information

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