It’s normal to develop wrinkling of the skin and facial lines as we gradually age. Over time, the connective tissue within our skin breaks down leading to lines, wrinkles, and signs of aging. Frowning or squinting can also lead to skin folds and wrinkles between the eyebrows and corner of the eyes.
Botox® is an effective, temporary solution for mild to moderate facial wrinkles. The purified protein has become extremely popular among those looking to minimize the signs of aging without surgery or more permanent procedures.
When administered by a dermatologist who has been properly trained in the use and administration of the medication, Botox can give both men and women a fresher, more youthful appearance. It’s most effective on muscles that move, such as the muscles of facial expression involved in smiling, frowning and movement of the brows.
Botox works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that causes the muscles to contract. After injection, Botox relaxes the muscles associated with movement of the skin, and prevents wrinkling of the overlying skin. Results are noticeable within a few days, and optimal results are achieved after 2-3 weeks. Botox typically lasts 3-4 months and is gradually broken down by the body.
Prior to receiving Botox, talk with your dermatologist and see if you’re a good candidate for the procedure and discuss the results you hope to achieve. Botox is not suitable for in-home administration or parties. Injections should be performed in a medical setting using sterile instruments. Sterile and skilled technique is vital to an optimal outcome and to produce subtle, natural results.
Using an ultrathin needle, tiny amounts of Botox are injected into the targeted area. Many patients find the injection process to be fairly simple and painless. The procedure usually takes less than 20 minutes and can be performed by your dermatologist.
Botox is a cost-effective way to reduce wrinkles. Since it requires no down time, patients are free to assume normal activities shortly after the procedure.