Facial lines and wrinkles are caused by repeated tension in the muscles of the face (such as squinting or furrowing your brow). Each time those muscles contract, your skin will crease, eventually forming lines or wrinkles that you might find unwelcome.
Botox has become one of the most popular aesthetic treatments for facial lines. These injections essentially “undo” the process that causes skin creases in the first place, helping you to achieve a smoother, more relaxed complexion.
How Botox Works
Your brain tells your muscles to contract, via a messenger called Acetylcholine (ACh). Botox works by “blocking” Ach, preventing it from delivering its “message” to muscles. The muscles in the treated area don’t contract, thereby preventing creasing or wrinkling of the skin.
Is Botox Safe?
Available only by prescription, Botox injections are approved for six medical conditions:
- Strabismus – crossed or “lazy” eyes
- Severe Axillary Hyperhidrosis – excessive underarm sweating
- Upper Limb Spasticity – muscle stiffness in the arms and hands
- Spasmodic Torticollis or Dystonia – muscle spasms of the shoulder or neck
- Chronic migraines – when other treatments have failed, Botox can be used to treat migraine headaches
- Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking or twitching of the eyes
In addition to these medical conditions, Botox is also approved for cosmetic use.
Lines and wrinkles bother most of us when we get older, but not just for aesthetic reasons. Depending upon the placement of your facial lines, they can also cause communication difficulties. You might frequently be misinterpreted by others, as your expression wrongly indicates that you are angry, tired, anxious, or fearful. You might feel worried that your expression gives off the wrong impression.
Botox is safer than cosmetic surgery.
In the past, facial lines and wrinkles were treated with cosmetic surgeries such as face lifts. However, these procedures often provided only minimal improvement, while exposing the patient to all of the risks normally associated with surgery.
Botox allows you to manage your complexion without anesthesia, scalpels, and a long healing period.
Botox injections are quick, easy, and virtually painless.
We can perform this procedure during a convenient in-office appointment. You will feel only some minor pinching from the injections, and you can go right back to your normal activities afterward.
Is Botox right for you?
Botox injections are appropriate for use between the eyebrows, on the forehead, and at the corners of your eyes (to treat “crows feet”).
Treatments will need to be repeated every three to four months, or the effects will wear off over time.
For more information on Botox, and whether the treatment is right for you, call our office at (657) 208-3317.