Put Botox on the Guest List

Whether you’re in Stockton or Sweden, December means holiday parties, and after this year we all could use a little cutting loose. The parties may be smaller and outdoors this year, but we still all want to look our best. And we want to be sure our crow’s feet and frown lines don’t make the guest list.

That’s why this is a great time to come see us at Central Valley Eye Medical Group for some Botox (or Dysport of Xeomin, if you prefer) and tell those frown lines they’re not invited to the festivities. Dr. Cockerham has the board certification and knowledge of facial anatomy to ensure you’ll love your results.

Since we detailed the difference between dermal fillers and neuromodulators in November’s first blog, let’s get into the king of all injectables in this second blog — Botox.

What is Botox?

Most of us have heard of Botox; it’s one of the world’s most famous brand names. Why all the love? Because Botox works. It effectively erases crow’s feet, the 11s between your brows, and forehead lines for about four months.

Botox is different than dermal fillers. Botox (and Dysport and Xeomin) is a neuromodulator. It works by relaxing muscles it is injected into. That’s because Botox is made primarily from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that can cause botulism. That sounds scary, but it’s not; the botulinum toxin also can be found all through the natural world, even in forest soil. When Botox is injected into a muscle the botulinum toxin blocks the acetylcholine, the nerve messengers in the muscle, from relaying messages from the muscle to the brain. Because the message to contract the muscle never gets to the brain, the muscle stays relaxed.

This is especially helpful on the upper third of the face, the area where we form most of our expressions. When we make an expression such as frowning or showing surprise, we engage muscles around our eyes, brows, and on our forehead. Go ahead, make a frown and you’ll feel them engage. Over time as our skin thins and our body produces less collagen, these muscle contractions begin to form wrinkles on the surface skin above the muscle: crow’s feet, the 11s, and forehead lines. When Botox is injected into the muscles causing these wrinkles, it stops those muscles from contracting, so the wrinkles never form on the skin above them.

Such is the magic of Botox, along with Dysport and Xeomin (the other two neuromodulators we offer at Central Valley).

Get party ready.

Now is the time to come in for your Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin to smooth out those crow’s feet, et al. Injection sessions take just 10-15 minutes, so you can come in over lunch or any time you have just a few minutes. Botox and Xeomin take up to four days to fully relax the muscle (Dysport can be one day faster), so you need to plan ahead of your party schedule.

Call us at Central Valley Eye Medical Group to make your appointment with Dr. Cockerham, (800) 244-9907.

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