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Alavi has been featured a number of times on
CBS News for his expertise on the topics of
Power Liposuction, Botox and other procedures.
Botox is the trade
name of Botulinum toxin Type A, a purified toxin
produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
In large amounts, this toxin blocks the nerve impulses
to muscles, causing a form of paralysis called botulism.
Where do you put
The frown line between
the eyebrows is caused by the action of a muscle
called the corrugator. You can feel this as a thickening
just below the inside of your eyebrows, when you
purposefully make yourself frown.
Injecting Botox directly
into this corrugator muscle stops your ability to
draw your eyebrows together when you frown. Once
the muscle is paralyzed, it cannot contract, and
the frown line gradually fades away.
Will it last?
The actual treatment
takes only a few minutes and the Botox takes effect
in three to four days. Gradually over three to five
months the Botox will fade, and the muscle action
will return. When the frown line starts to reappear,
a simple repeat treatment is all that is necessary
to maintain the desired result.
Can Botox be used
for other wrinkles?
Botox is also effective
in the treatment of crow's feet, forehead wrinkles,
and neck folds.
Who can perform
the Botox treatments?
This therapy should
be done only by a physician trained in the use of
How has Botox been
Botox has been used
since 1980 for the treatment of strabismus (lazy
eye), and blepharospasm (uncontrolled eye blinking).
The use of Botox for forehead wrinkles was pioneered
in 1989 by Dr. Carruthers of Vancouver. A major
study of this technique was completed in 1995, and
a review published in The Journal of the American
Academy of Dermatology.
The side effects of
Botox are related to the local injection of the
solution. There will be a slight discomfort from
the needle entering the skin, and a small chance
of a bruise at the site of the injection. There
are no reports of damage to the eye, with injections
to the eyelid. There have been no permanent side
effects from the use of Botox. Approximately 1%
of patients will develop a slight lowering or ptosis
of one eyelid. This is temporary in nature.