As we grow older, the repeated contraction of facial muscles will form deep skin wrinkles. The more you use your facial muscles, the deeper your wrinkle furrows will become.
Botox is a muscle relaxant that reduces the activity of muscles. When selectively injected into these muscles, the wrinkles disappear. This effect is temporary and will last for about 4 to 6 months. With regular use of Botox, these lines can often be completely erased. The correct dosage and placement of Botox is important, to ensure your face remains capable of expression. The results of this procedure eliminates the wrinkles, leaving your face looking fresher and younger.
The most effective areas that can be treated with Botox are:
- The frown lines between the brows.
- Horizontal expression lines of the forehead.
- Nose wrinkles (bunny lines).
- Outer corners of your eyes, commonly known as the crow’s feet; and Brows, to give a lifted and natural brow lift.
- A wrinkled chin.
Your facial wrinkles all begin as dynamic lines. Dynamic wrinkles are only present during certain expressions and can be easily reversed by Botox. As your overlying skin becomes damaged and these muscles get stronger, your wrinkles will mature into static skin creases, which are permanently present. It is simply not possible to smooth out permanent wrinkles using Botox alone, as you will also require fillers to be injected. It is therefore not a good idea to wait until lines become fixed into the skin, as it is much more difficult to rectify.
Treating dynamic wrinkles early with Botox prevents permanent creases from forming, because the muscles that you treat can no longer create strong creases in your skin. By starting Botox early, and repeatedly treating your dynamic wrinkles, you will prevent these from maturing into permanent static wrinkles. You may eventually require Botox less often.
Treatment with Botox is safe and the procedure itself does not take very long. Moreover, a instant recovery means that you can continue with your daily activities with no downtime. Results are typically seen within 1 week, lasting up to 4 to 6 months.