Botox is an often misunderstood and underutilized cosmetic treatment that can greatly improve the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Read on and learn how Botox might be perfect for you.
As our bodies age, our skin becomes less able to maintain its structure. This happens for a variety of reasons, but it’s important to note that cellular degeneration occurs at all levels and for everyone. You’re not alone if you’re noticing wrinkles at an age society may deem “young.” Genetics, environment, and other factors beyond our control can contribute to the appearance of dynamic wrinkles. They are called dynamic wrinkles because they’re wrinkles that develop over muscles on the face that frequently move. The skin in these areas weakens quicker and loses its structure with time and repetitive motions. Some common dynamic wrinkles include laugh lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, worry lines, and marionette lines, to name a few. They aren’t caused strictly by laughing or frowning too much exclusively, so don’t worry about watching too many comedies or dramas. Muscles in the face are constantly moving: when we focus, when we squint in the sunlight, when we sleep, and when we interact with others.
So what exactly does our skin lack in these dynamic wrinkle areas that it once had in abundance, back when the skin was taut and plump? The main wrinkle-fighting substance in the skin is called collagen. Collagen helps retain hydration and provides structure for the skin. Other useful substances include hyaluronic acid, which can hold a great deal of moisture, and elastin, which gives skin the ability to stretch and return to its natural state with ease. As we age, our skin just can’t produce these necessary elements as readily as it once did. And the first place we see skin begin to sag, crack, and wrinkle is in these dynamic locations on our face.
Botox is a minimally invasive procedure that can greatly reduce the depth and appearance of signs of aging. Botox uses a protein derived from the clostridium botulinum bacterium. This bacterium is a toxin, which is what gives Botox the second part of its name. But don’t worry, it’s not harmful to your health when applied correctly and in proper doses. Botox is injected into the face, generally on the forehead or around the eyes (targeting frown lines and crow’s feet, respectively), and it goes to work quickly. Botox temporarily freezes nerve impulses in some of the muscles on your face, which helps the skin heal and fill in dynamic wrinkles. There are many misconceptions surrounding Botox, most notably that it makes your face completely paralyzed and expressionless. This is very far from the truth. While nerve impulses are blocked, it doesn’t fully stop muscles from moving at all. When applied correctly in a controlled setting by a qualified dermatologist, Botox is not going to cause full facial paralysis. Rather, it softens these impulses and helps train the muscles to react less severely. In turn, the skin can recuperate and fill in the depressions caused by dynamic expressions like frowning and scowling.
Since our muscles aren’t wearing down our skin as much, it gives the skin a chance to restore itself much more efficiently. Just because there is less collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid doesn’t mean there’s none. When the skin isn’t moving so consistently, it can heal that much quicker. That’s why, within weeks of Botox treatments, you should expect to see the lessening of these wrinkles and fine lines as the skin works to restore to its natural state. Results aren’t permanent, but with regularly scheduled treatments, your skin can continue to look and feel smoother and more healthy with the help of Botox.
Interested in learning more about Botox, or are you ready to take the plunge? Either way, we welcome any and all questions and concerns at Northeast Dermatology Associates. Give us a call today to find out more.
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