Poker players are taking their level of intensity to the next level and visiting their cosmetic surgeons. “Pokertox” is the new name coined for Botox injections designed to enhance a players, “Poker face.” In order to avoid giving their opponents any sign of facial emotion that could tip off whether they’re playing a good or bad hand of cards.
The common reaction of Poker players is to raise their eyebrows if they have a bad hand. By placing Botox in certain areas, that natural reaction can be minimized. Botox injections are most commonly known for treating facial wrinkles. Botox’s active ingredient is the purified neurotoxin botolunim. When the brain is directed to laugh, frown, or in this case, raise the eyebrows, it sends a signal that travels through a nerve to reach the muscle tissue. A physical corresponding action, like a muscle contraction occurs.
However, when Botox is injected that neurotoxin simply immobilizes the nerve’s message and stops the contraction from happening. This doesn’t mean that the person will lose the ability to contract their muscles; instead it will just stop the face from making micro-movements. When micro-movements are made throughout the face, they begin to form fine lines and hard to treat deep wrinkles.
The process will need touch ups every 3 to 4 months, but the effects of the treatment may begin to last longer (6 to 8 months longer) after repeated treatments. After injection treatment, results will begin to show in five to seven days, just in time to plan a Poker tournament with your worthiest opponents.
Dr. Rokhsar is a fellowship-trained cosmetic surgeon and an expert in treating patients with Botox, and other skin tightening injections such as Dysport, and Xeomin.