Many wrinkles are actually creases that have been worn into the skin by making the same expression thousands of times. These “expression lines”, often called frown lines or crow’s feet, are due to the contraction of a muscle under the skin in that area. We have known for years that surgically cutting that muscle will improve the wrinkle.
BOTOX® is a purified protein toxin which has no serious side effects when used correctly in a medical setting. A few drops of BOTOX® are injected with a tiny needle into the muscle that creates a wrinkle. When BOTOX® is injected into a muscle, it blocks the nerve impulse from reaching that area, and, as a result, the muscle weakens. As the muscle weakens, the skin overlying the muscle relaxes and the wrinkles in the skin gradually soften and often disappear.
If you have a web-cam and 2 minutes, you can see what your results could be after a BOTOX treatment.
BOTOX® injections are popular in the 40+ age group as this is the time when we undergo treatments to “fix” wrinkles and the signs of aging. However, a recent article published by JAMA Dermatology confirms that by injecting BOTOX® before wrinkles are prominent-generally at an earlier age than 40- we can help prevent wrinkles from happening.
A STUDY IN WRINKLE PREVENTION
A recent study followed identical twin sisters for 13 years. One twin received BOTOX® in the forehead, and in the region above the nose and between the eyebrows (approximately 2 to 3 times each year over the past 13 years) and in the crow’s feet (twice in past 2 years). Her twin received BOTOX® only twice (in the forehead, and in the region above the nose and between the eyebrows, 3 and 7 years ago).
Imprinted forehead lines and lines between the eyebrows were not evident in the regularly treated twin but were evident in the minimally treated twin. Crow’s feet were less noticeable when the regularly treated twin smiled (even at 7 months after treatment) than when the minimally treated twin smiled. Untreated facial areas (eg, nasolabial folds) showed comparable aging in both twins. Neither twin experienced adverse effects.
“Long-term treatment with BOTOX® can prevent the development of imprinted facial lines that are visible at rest. BOTOX® treatment can also reduce crow’s feet. Treatment is well tolerated, with no adverse events reported during 13 years of regular treatment in this study.”1 1 Arch Facial Plast Surg. Long-term effects of botulinum toxin type A (BOTOX) on facial lines: a comparison in identical twins.
BOTOX® temporarily relaxes facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as prevent new lines from forming. For most people, some softening of lines can be seen within 2-4 days, with maximum benefit at 2 weeks. It is a good idea to re-evaluate at 2 weeks to see if there is a need for additional injections.
The effects of BOTOX® usually last three to four months, at which time another injection is required. After several treatments, the effects of BOTOX® may begin to last longer, sometimes up to five to six months. BOTOX® has been used safely and successfully in ophthalmology for over 15 years, and for wrinkle therapy for over 10 years. Side effects are very unusual. Even if they should occur, they are temporary and localized to the area of injection.
Although the results are visible, a treatment with BOTOX® will not radically change your facial appearance or make it obvious that you have had it done. The muscle activity that causes frown lines between the brows is temporarily reduced, so you can still make expressions, frown or look surprised without wrinkles and creases between your brows.
Although they are not common, BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic can cause serious side effects. Click HERE to learn more about the possible side effects before scheduling your appointment.
Yes. BOTOX® Cosmetic approves licensed physicians and practices that have been thoroughly trained on injecting BOTOX® and have a vast knowledge of facial anatomy and aesthetics. Botox with your Dermatologist or Medical Spa is highly recommended. “BOTOX® Cosmetic has an established record of experience that your doctor knows and trusts – it’s precise and predictable. When you’re ready to speak to a doctor to find out if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you, you’ll want to find a physician that is experienced. To make the selection process easier, you may want to consider choosing a physician from the BOTOX® Cosmetic Find a Doctor tool. The physicians and practices listed here focus on facial aesthetics, have a comprehensive knowledge of facial anatomy and have experience injecting BOTOX® Cosmetic.” -www.botoxcosmetic.com