Botox is a brand name for a type of botulinum toxin type A produced by the company Allergan. However, there are several other brands of botulinum toxin type A products available on the market that work in a similar way, including:
- Dysport, produced by Galderma.
- Xeomin, produced by Merz Pharmaceuticals.
- Jeuveau, produced by Evolus.
Each of these brands has its own unique formulation and dosing recommendations, but they all work by temporarily relaxing the muscles they are injected into and are used for both cosmetic and medical purposes.
Botox works for cosmetics by temporarily relaxing the muscles responsible for causing certain facial wrinkles and lines. When injected into a specific muscle, botulinum toxin type A blocks the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine, which is responsible for transmitting signals between nerves and muscles. This prevents the muscle from contracting, and as a result, the overlying skin becomes smoother and less wrinkled.
Botox is commonly used to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles that form as a result of repeated facial expressions, such as frown lines, forehead wrinkles, and crow’s feet. These wrinkles are caused by the repeated contraction of certain facial muscles over time, and Botox can help reduce their appearance by temporarily relaxing the muscles and smoothing out the overlying skin.
The effects of Botox typically last for 3-6 months, after which the muscle gradually regains its function and the wrinkles may begin to reappear. However, with repeated treatments, the muscles may become weaker over time, resulting in longer-lasting effects. It’s important to note that Botox should only be administered by a trained and licensed medical professional.