12 Oct Botox (botulinum toxin ) for Frown Lines and Wrinkles in the Face
Everyday your face makes thousands of different expressions, each one adding a little bit to your lines and wrinkles. Some lines, such as those between your brows, can become quite dramatic. One way to lessen these lines and wrinkles is to lesson the movements of certain muscles and reduce the stain on your face.
Botulinum toxin is derived from a bacteria, purified and used in a very small quantity. It blocks nerve signals to the muscle, which weakens the muscle and lessens the lines in the skin over that muscle— lines gradually smooth out from disuse and new wrinkles cannot form in the treated area. This eventually wears off and the muscle returns to normal, necessitating another injection of botulinum toxin to continue the effect. With time the muscle might “learn” not to contract, or might be weaken from lack of use and the treatments can be stopped or lessened. After the injections are performed it takes a few days for the muscle to become paralyzed and the results last for four to six months afterwards.
Areas Commonly Treated Incude:
- Between the eyebrows (vertical lines)
- Forehead lines (horizontal lines)
- Crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
- Neck lines
When you visit your doctor for a botulinum toxin treatment they will inject a tiny amount, using a very small needle in to the area where the result is desired. This may require several injections or very small proportions. The treatment may sting of burn for a moment, but the discomfort in minimal and there is no “downtime”.
Side effects may include: bruising or swelling at the injection site, a temporary headache, or rarely the effect may be noticed on muscles near the treatment area. This could cause a droopy eyelid or eyebrow, but will correct with time.
Botulinum toxin can literally erase lines from your face and improve its overall youthfulness and appearance.