Small, dynamic wrinkles on the face, especially those that form near the corners of the mouth and near the eyes, are a frustrating sign of aging skin. The skin is thinner, more brittle and unable to retain moisture. When the facial muscles contract, these wrinkles tighten and become much more noticeable. BOTOX® is a proven treatment for diminishing the visibility of these wrinkles, and it’s quite popular because it doesn’t involve surgery or abrasive skin resurfacing. This popular treatment can be administered several times per year to keep the facial skin looking smoother. The secret to how it works is in the chemical makeup of the injectable fluid.
Relaxing the Facial Muscles
When we smile or frown, those annoying lines form because the skin gets relaxed as the upper-level facial muscles contract. The shadows caused by these wrinkles also become more prominent. BOTOX® doesn’t treat the skin directly but instead allows the muscles to remain in a relaxed state. We can still smile and frown, but the inability for the muscles to contract keeps those frown lines and crow’s feet from forming.
How BOTOX® Works
BOTOX® is made of a purified protein solution. When in diluted form, it acts as a neurotransmitter inhibitor. When injected into the upper-level facial muscles, the nerve signals don’t reach the muscle tissue. This allows the muscles to remain in a relaxed state. The skin is no longer pulled or relaxed by the muscles, so the dynamic wrinkles don’t become visible.
Consultation and Treatment
We’ll know exactly how to administer your treatment after consulting with you. After watching the client make some facial expressions such as pouting, pursing of the lips and smiling, we can determine where the injection sites are and how much of the solution to use.
It typically takes just minutes to perform the treatment. It takes two or three days for the full effects of BOTOX® to show themselves. Results are effective for up to six months. During this period of time, the muscles are becoming used to being in a relaxed state, so subsequent treatments shouldn’t require as much of the solution to get the same results.
Advantages of BOTOX® Injections
No surgery is involved, no chemical peel treatment is necessary and no form of skin resurfacing is required. This is what makes BOTOX® such a popular treatment. If the client isn’t ready for something more aggressive such as a facelift or laser treatment, BOTOX® is the perfect alternative.
Relaxed Muscles and Smoother Skin
Most clients absolutely love their results. You can get smoother skin without the smile lines and crow’s feet with a single BOTOX® treatment at Athena Plastic Surgery in West Palm Beach. Contact us at either of our offices in Stuart of Palm Beach Gardens to get more information and schedule your personal consultation.