Botox injections to remove facial wrinkles appear to be available everywhere, including clinics and spas. However, it's critical to know what Botox can (and more crucially, cannot) accomplish.
Botox is a toxin created by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Though it sounds a bit crazy, it can be beneficial when used properly and in tiny amounts by specialists. It has cosmetic as well as medicinal applications, but in the world of cosmetics, Botox injections are most commonly used to minimize the appearance of wrinkles.
Wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, cheeks, and lips are usually the earliest indicators of aging. The human face has wrinkles as a natural characteristic, yet most of us believe that wrinkles make us appear fatigued or older. Botulinum toxin injections (shots) are used to reduce wrinkles in certain areas. For a short amount of time, the injections relax certain facial muscles, stopping you from being able to contract the muscle and creasing the skin around it, thus making wrinkles less visible.
There are two sorts of facial wrinkles: dynamic and static. Each requires a distinct approach.
Muscle movement, such as when you grin, laugh, or squint, causes what we call “dynamic wrinkles.” Crow's feet around the eyes and lines on the forehead are examples of dynamic wrinkles. With a few injections in the designated area, Botox temporarily paralyzes or relaxes muscle activity around the eyes and along the forehead. So you can say goodbye to those dynamic wrinkles and have younger-looking eyes and a restored, youthful look.
The loss of suppleness and collagen in your skin, as well as damage from sun exposure or smoking, generates static wrinkles. You can think of static wrinkles as the result of a losing battle with gravity. As the collagen disappears, our skin is no longer bouncy and elastic, so gravity begins to pull on the skin, leaving behind sagging, drooping skin with folds and creases.
For static wrinkles, some doctors may suggest a few well-placed injections of Botox. Thanks to the paralysis effect Botox has, your skin is frozen into place. Unable to move, the skin is no longer affected by gravity, thus the drooping and the sagging virtually disappear.
For a doubly effective approach to wrinkle reduction, you could ask your dermatologist about a Botox + dermal filler treatment. Fillers plump up the skin, smooth out lines and wrinkles, restore volume, and make you look younger. Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and other common fillers are excellent for fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. So a treatment plan that uses both Botox and fillers is sure to turn back the hands of time.
Botox and fillers can only be used under the supervision of a healthcare professional. In order to avoid adverse side effects, it's critical that injections are administered correctly.