Botulinum toxinis a purified substance that’s derived from bacteria. Commonly known types of botulinum toxin type A injections include Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin. Injections of botulinum toxin blocks muscular nerve signals, which then weakens the muscle so it can’t contract. The end result is diminished unwanted facial wrinkles.

Botulinum toxin can be used to help smooth:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Forehead furrows
  • Frown lines
  • Skin bands on the neck

Botox by Dr. John Michael Thomassen

For years, doctors have used Botox as a means to temporarily paralyze muscle activity in the face. Targeting specific muscles in the face allow doctors to treat facial creases and wrinkles. Dr. John Michael Thomassen is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon who frequently uses Botox at his office in Fort Lauderdale to block the nerve signals responsible for providing information to specific facial muscles, which weakens the muscle, which inhibits its ability to contract. The inability of the targeted muscle to contract causes the wrinkles to relax; thus, diminishing the appearance of unwanted facial wrinkles.

What aesthetic issues can Botox address?

Dr. Thomassen uses botulinum toxin injections at his office in Fort Lauderdale to address:

  • • Forehead furrows
  • • Crow’s feet
  • • Neck bands
  • • Frown lines

How Botox is Made

The bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces the neurotoxin botulinum toxin. This neurotoxin is used to make Botox: Botox is just one of the brand names used for the substance botulinum toxin type A, other brand names include Xeomin and Dysport.

How Botox works

Muscles contract when the nerves release the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This chemical messenger is released at the point where muscle cells and nerve endings meet. The acetylcholine attaches to the muscle cells’ receptors, causing the muscle cells to shorten or contract.

Once Dr. Thomassen injects the botulinum toxin into the targeted muscle, it prevents the release of the chemical messenger acetylcholine; thus, preventing the muscle cells from contracting. Botulinum toxin reduces abnormal muscle contraction, which allows the targeted muscles to become less rigid.

Besides its aesthetic uses, botulinum toxin is an effective treatment for a variety of medical conditions

Although botulinum toxin is widely used to reduce the signs of aging by addressing fine lines and wrinkles, it is also used in treating numerous medical conditions.

These conditions include:

  • • Migraines
  • • Eye squints
  • • Leaking bladders
  • • Excessive sweating

All in all, botulinum toxin is used to treat more than 20 medical conditions.

Who should avoid Botox injections?

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not receive botulinum toxin injections; furthermore, individuals who have a neurological disease should avoid using Botox. People who are allergic to botulinum toxin should not receive injections containing Botox.

Preparing for Botox injections in Fort Lauderdale

During the initial consultation at Dr. Thomassen’s office in Fort Lauderdale, patients need to inform him of all medications (e.g., sleep aids, muscle relaxants or allergy medications, etc.) and/or botulinum toxin injections that he or she has had within the four months leading up to the consultation.

Patients should avoid alcohol consumption for at least a week before their procedure with Dr. Thomassen at his office in Fort Lauderdale. Additionally, patients need to discontinue taking anti-inflammatory medications and aspirin no less than two weeks prior to their treatment date: Aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications thin the blood, which could lead to excessive bruising. Moreover, patients who take prescription blood thinners may need to forego their medication for a few days prior to their procedure. Dr. Thomassen may recommend that the patient contact his or her general practitioner concerning this matter.

Botox injections – The Procedure

1. Anesthesia

Patients should expect to experience minor discomfort during their procedure with Dr. Thomassen at his office in Fort Lauderdale.

As the majority of patients tolerate the discomfort associated with Botox injections well, anesthesia is not always necessary; however, patients who would like their skin to be numb should mention this to Dr. Thomassen prior to their scheduled procedure in Fort Lauderdale.

2. Administering the Botox

The issues the patient would like addressed determine which specific muscles will be targeted during the procedure. Dr. Thomassen uses a fine needle to quickly and easily complete a set of targeted injections. He performs these injections at his office in Fort Lauderdale.

There are numerous factors that determine the number of injections a patient receives, one of which is the amount of area Dr. Thomassen is treating.

3. Botox injections – Recovery

Following Botox injections, patients can usually resume their normal daily activities; however, patients should avoid rubbing or massaging the areas that were treated with the botulinum toxin. Rubbing or massaging these treated areas could lead to the toxin migrating to another part of the body.

4. Botox injections – The Results

Typically, patients will see the full results achieved within two weeks.