As we age, most of us become bothered by the number of wrinkles appearing on our skin. Some wrinkles tend to be more troubling than others, but both men and women typically seek treatment for similar reasons. At a certain point, wrinkles may start to make you look older than you really are. Or sometimes the appearance of wrinkles conveys negative emotions such as anger, disappointment, fatigue or sadness, when in fact you’re feeling quite happy. But regardless of the motivation, most people can agree that looking natural, healthy, refreshed and content are goals we all wish to achieve.
While there is a lot of information about Botox®, and it has become one of the most common aesthetic treatments, it is important to be educated about its uses and effects. Botox® is used to treat dynamic wrinkles in the skin, which are typically caused by expressive movements such as smiling, squinting or pursing your lips. Some of the most common areas for treatment are the forehead, between the eyebrows, crow’s feet, lip lines and neck bands.
When you want to furrow your brow, your brain sends a message to that muscle to make it move; which over time creates an unwanted wrinkle in the skin. Botox® works locally at the site of injection by minimizing the signal; which relaxes the wrinkle and causes the overlying skin to become smooth. When considering Botox® for the first time we often hear, “I hate my wrinkles, but I want to look natural.” Fortunately, Botox® is one of the most natural options, since it does not completely stop all of the movement in the area of injection.
You can still maintain the same expressions such as squinting and smiling, but the overlying skin will no longer create that deep wrinkle. In addition, Botox® is completely eliminated from the body after approximately 4 months, which is why it’s important to be consistent with treatments so you stop the muscle from returning to the full range of movement that you originally experienced.
It’s important to understand that although Botox® has an outstanding safety profile with minimal risks and no need for allergy testing; it is still a medical procedure. That is why it’s imperative that you choose to be treated by a specially trained medical professional who truly understands the underlying anatomy and skin structures. Our Dermatologists and Medical Injection Nurses have the specialized background to ensure you experience a safe treatment, an aesthetically beautiful result and professional follow-up care.