BOTOX® is a popular cosmetic facial treatment designed to minimize the appearance of smile lines, small wrinkles, and crow’s feet. Wrinkles and folds become visible when we smile, frown, or make other facial expressions. The wrinkling is caused by thinning skin, poor subdermal tissue support, and the effects of environmental exposure.
We recommend BOTOX® because it is non-invasive, does not require surgery or skin ablation, and does not use abrasives to resurface the facial skin. If you are concerned about the appearance of age-related wrinkling around the mouth, nose, eyes, and forehead, consider a simple BOTOX® treatment.
What BOTOX® Treats
Skin is rather thin around the eyes and the corners of the mouth. Forehead skin is thicker but tends to sag as we get older because of the long-term effect of gravity. When collagen production begins to decrease, the skin is not pulled as tight as it once was. Furthermore, the skin itself is losing elasticity as the years go by, and this further complicates the problem.
BOTOX® works on all of these conditions because it relaxes the facial muscles. Once treated, the individual can still smile or make other facial contortions, but the muscles in the face and forehead no longer fully contract. If this sounds like the treatment you desire, continue reading to find out exactly how BOTOX® works.
The Science of BOTOX®
BOTOX® targets the nerves that lie beneath the skin. The nerves send signals to the facial muscles when we want to smile or frown.
BOTOX® blocks these signals; therefore, the facial muscles do not contract, and the skin is not relaxed. The result is fewer wrinkles and frown lines.
The BOTOX® Procedure
When we administer this treatment, we consult with our client and take a close look at their facial features to determine where the injection points will be. Clients may be advised to abstain from pain-killers and anti-inflammatory medications for several days before treatment because this could lessen the chance of swelling and bruising at the injection sites.
The BOTOX® fluid is injected into the supporting tissues where the nerves are located. Depending on the severity of the facial wrinkles and their locations, we may perform several injections.
The full numbing effect takes one or two days. During this period of time, the facial muscles become trained to stay relaxed.
Are You a BOTOX® Candidate?
If you’re unsure which treatment method works best for you, contact Dermatology Associates today to get all the information about BOTOX®. This simple, non-abrasive cosmetic treatment may be an effective solution for those who are wary of chemical peels, heat wave procedures, and surgical lifts.