Botox is one of the most famous cosmetic injections in the world. In every Hollywood magazine it seems, you can see photos of models and celebrities that have used Botox to achieve perfect, wrinkle-free smiles, retain their youthful appearances, and extend their careers as leading men and ladies for a few more precious years. But did you know that Botox can be used for far more than simple cosmetic procedures? It’s true!

At Kallgren Dermatology Clinic in Boulder, we strive to provide you medical-grade solutions to the skin problems and related medical conditions that keep you from enjoying your healthiest, most youthful skin and the enhanced confidence that comes with looking and feeling good. Botox is just one of the many cosmetic injections and facial treatments we offer at our clinic, but it remains one of our most popular services. In today’s blog, we’re going to discuss the medical problems Botox can help treat and the many ways it can benefit your body beyond simple cosmetics. Read on to learn more about the full benefits and capabilities of Botox!

What Exactly Is Botox And How Does It Work?

Botox is an injectable toxin that temporarily prevents the target muscle from moving. This is why Botox is most commonly used as a treatment for wrinkles, since it prevents facial muscles from contracting and deepening the formation of wrinkles. The specific toxin in Botox is onobotulinumtoxin-A, a toxin that is naturally produced by the microbes that cause botulism, a type of food poisoning. Botox was one of the first drugs to contain this type of toxin, but today, other cosmetic injections, such as Dysport and Myobloc, contain similar toxins, such as abobotulinumtoxin-A and rimabotulinumtoxin-B. While these toxins are similar, they each impact muscles differently, and should not be considered interchangeable. If you’re interested in learning more about these differences, check out our Dysport vs. Botox blog!

The toxins in Botox restrict muscle movement by blocking certain chemical signals from your nerves, mainly the signals that tell your muscles to contract. 

Every muscle in your body is commanded by your brain via an intricate system of chemical messaging. Some of these messages are relayed instantaneously, like in instances of reflex, like catching yourself before you fall down. Other messages are relayed slower, like when your stomach signals your brain that it’s full while you’re eating. Regardless of the situation, the movement of every muscle in your body is controlled by chemical messaging. By blocking these signals from reaching specific facial muscles, Botox prevents them from contracting and moving in ways that deepen the formation of wrinkles. 

Kallgren Dermatology Clinic is proud to offer Botox treatments to our patients. Call our office to schedule your own treatment today!