A great number of patients of Dr. Balshi at Balshi Dermatology in Delray Beach, Florida seek Botox treatments for a variety of skin tightening and skin rejuvenation needs. Although it has been around for a long time, the popularity of Botox is still astonishingly great. Known as a neuromodulator, Botox is derived from the neurotoxin of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. This substance is what gives Botox is unprecedented popularity despite the rather deadly consequences of systemic muscle paralysis.
The Botox Procedure
The toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum is composed of a variety of proteins that prevent the different neurosecretory vesicles of the junction between nerve cells and between nerve cells and muscle fibers to secrete their various neurotransmitters, particularly acetylcholine. The effect is that the release of acetylcholine is blocked producing a flaccid or sagging paralysis of the muscles. How this helps in eliminating fine lines and wrinkles is all related to the anatomy of the skin.
The skin has 3 layers, the innermost of which is composed of fatty adipose tissues which serve to protect the underlying organs. This connects the skin to the muscles. When you laugh or smile or frown or make any gesture with your face you are actually contracting the muscles. These minute muscular contractions are what produce the fine lines and wrinkles. Over time, they may grow deep enough that even if you are resting – not laughing or frowning or raising your eyebrows – they will still be visible. When you do raise your eyebrows or even laugh, the fine lines and wrinkles become more visible.
This is where Botox comes in. When carefully injected into the muscle underneath the skin, it effectively blocks the connection between the nerves and the muscles so the muscles remain relaxed even if you are going to smile. The effect is that you have perfectly flawless skin – no fine lines and no wrinkles that have unfortunately been equated with aging. Because of this, you will definitely look a lot younger, more vibrant, fresher, and even healthier. This is why Botox remains a popular choice among the residents of Delray Beach. Botox popularity remains strong as ever despite warnings from the FDA.
Remember that the muscles targeted in Botox injections are those that are superficially attached to the skin and not the larger groups of muscles that lie deeper. Additionally, like the Botox treatments at the Balshi Dermatology in Delray Beach, only very minute amounts of the botulinum toxin should be injected into carefully-selected superficial muscle groups in order to reduce the risk of systemic flaccid muscle paralysis. One of the concerns of the FDA before was that too much of the toxin can reach other organs of the body creating massive paralysis in the process. If it reaches the diaphragm as well as other muscles of respiration, the patient may risk respiratory failure.
That is why only qualified, well-trained, and duly-certified dermatologists who have received certification for Botox administration, like those at Balshi Dermatology, should be sought when it comes to Botox treatments. And this is why Botox popularity remains high in Delray Beach.
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