Botox combats wrinkles that are created when nerve cells within the muscles beneath the skin release a chemical called acetylcholine. This chemical triggers a muscle contraction that creates wrinkles. The Botox product, medically known as Botulinum Toxin Type A, is an injectable compound that disrupts the release of acetylcholine, which essentially paralyzes the muscle and stops the contraction. Results are fully evident within one week after treatment and remain for a minimum of three months. Botox typically reduces wrinkles by 80 percent. Patients are typically between the ages of 35 and 60. Results vary among individual cases, and the results are temporary. You will need to plan for additional injections, depending on your long-term treatment goals.
Botox can be utilized to help change the shape of the nose. Botulinum injection into the columella (strut) at the bottom of the midline of the nose base can help reduce the downturn of the nose while smiling. Botulinum injection into the outer nostril muscles can reduce flare of the nostrils when smiling. It is only temporary but can help avoid surgery or alarplasty.