Your Guide to Wrinkle Treatment with BotoxJanuary 5th, 2017 by Dr. Michael Glass
Treat Pesky Lines and Wrinkles With Botox
One of the most obvious signs of aging is the inevitable appearance of wrinkles. Pesky fine lines appear, sometimes out of nowhere, and sully our youthful appearance. When your fresh face starts to fade, Botox can be your saving grace… but the injectable treatment isn’t right for every type of facial rejuvenation.
Botox works to remove the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the face through formulated botulinum toxin type A injections.
Over time, the skin develops creases due to repetitive muscle movements, which leaves impressed wrinkles and lines. At the treatment site, proteins in Botox work to relax the muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles by blocking the nerve impulses that allow movement. The injections smooth wrinkles in as little as seven days after treatment, and no downtime is necessary after injection. For most, repeat injections every three to six months are necessary for upkeep.
Where Botox Works
The most common trouble spots include frown lines, forehead lines or creases, and crow’s feet. However, Botox injections can be used to treat the following additional areas on the face:
- Droopy eyebrows
- Chin wrinkles
- Under eye wrinkles
- Bunny lines (lines between the nose and the eye)
- Upper or lower lip creases
- Defining the jawline
- Gummy smile (correction when a high lip line is present and gums are visible when smiling)
Botox injections may also be used to slim the jaw and reduce pain in the jaw, known as TMJ, that’s caused by excessive clenching. Botox is designed to paralyze the underlying muscles where repeat folding or creasing takes place – think raising your eyebrows, squinting, pursing your lips, or frowning.
No matter where Botox is injected, all regions of the face maintain Botox treatment results equally, so long as the injector is highly skilled.
How Botox Differs from Other Injections
Botox works incredibly well for patients who notice trouble spots around the potential treatment areas listed, but only when excess creasing is an issue. The aging process may also lead to a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin, leaving it with less volume than we had when we were younger. When lost volume is the problem, different injections like Juvederm are used to correct this issue instead of Botox.
As with all injections, the skill of the doctor performing treatment is key. Determining which wrinkle reducer, facial filler, or combination of the two is best for your facial woes, is just as important as performing the procedure. If you’re ready to look your best and feel young again, contact us today for a consultation on which treatment is best suited for your facial rejuvenation needs.