Aging skin is a growing concern as the years progress. Nobody is exempt from wrinkles and fine lines, but thankfully there’s a versatile treatment available in the form of Botox.
As we get older, many of us will notice that our skin develops wrinkles and fine lines. While wrinkles crop up in many places, it's the wrinkles on our faces that are most troubling. The explanation for wrinkles and their development is simple enough: the skin loses some of its restorative ability with the passing of time. The production of elastin, collagen, hyaluronic acids and other useful proteins that make up the building blocks of our skin slows with age. These proteins and other naturally produced substances give skin elasticity, help it maintain moisture, and aids in rebuilding damaged and naturally shed skin.
Wrinkles form on the face in many areas, but the most common and problematic are the dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that develop near or on facial muscles, like the cheeks, eyebrows, forehead and mouth. With repeated movements and expressions (like frowns, smiles, etc.), skin becomes less able to cope. Since age reduces skin’s elasticity and recoverability, the skin near these dynamic sites begins to sag and develop creases. They go by many names: laugh lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, and marionette lines but they are all a source of frustration for millions.
Besides age, there are a few other factors that can accelerate the formation of wrinkles. Chief among these other contributors is sun damage. Sun damage is caused by sunlight and improper protection against it. Sun damage can be obvious, like a sunburn or tan, but it can also be sustained and show little evidence until years later. Sun damage is accumulated, and it can cause other issues that are more serious than wrinkles, including skin cancer. Preventing sun damage won’t stop wrinkles from ever forming, but it can buy your skin years of time spent wrinkle-free. Ultraviolet radiation in sunlight damages skin cells and can fundamentally change their structure. Frequently sun damaged skin is far less capable of coping with repetitive facial motions, as it has lost much of its restorative abilities to damage. Properly protecting your skin from damage with sunscreen and other sun safe practices is an excellent way to keep wrinkles from forming prematurely.
Botox is an injectable cosmetic treatment that’s derived from the clostridium botulinum bacterium. Botox is very safe, when administered by a professional, so don’t let the big name or the word bacterium scare you. The protein that is found in this bacterium has a unique ability: it can inhibit, or freeze muscles. When injected into a problem area, Botox goes to work quickly by inhibiting nerve signals to the facial muscles responsible for forming wrinkles. This gives your over-worked skin a lot more time to restore its original fullness. With fewer repetitive motions, facial wrinkles are naturally reduced by the healing effects of elastin, collagen and other proteins.
Botox treatment is quick and simple, and many report very little discomfort. It is an injection, so some pain is to be expected, but it’s not unlike any other shot you would get, even if the location is different. Side effects from Botox are minimal, and that’s especially true when administered by a dermatologist. Your dermatologist can assess your skin and make sure you’re a good candidate for Botox treatment. Spas and other boutiques may be more interested in profit than your health, so it’s best to stick with the experts. The results of Botox last anywhere between four and six months, and can be maintained on a semi-annual or quarterly schedule indefinitely. Many people notice results relatively soon after getting Botox treatment. Results are fully achieved after about 4 weeks, but things will begin to improve sooner.
Botox treatment is one of the simplest, most effective ways to treat facial wrinkles. If you’re struggling with your self image because of dynamic wrinkles, call us at Northeast Dermatology Associates today for a Botox consultation.
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