Wrinkles are naturally caused by a contraction of underlying facial muscles that occurs every time you smile, laugh, or frown. However, due to loss of skin elasticity in some individuals, these lines or wrinkles are visible even when they do not frown or smile. And that’s when you start looking years older than you actually are.
Given its cutting-edge innovation and proven effectiveness, Botox has become one of most widely used cosmetic treatments for correcting the fine lines and wrinkles that make the face appear weathered and aged.
What Is Botox?
Botox is actually a version of the neurotoxin protein called botulinum toxin that is produced naturally by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This protein has the property to relax constricted muscles and is widely employed for the treatment of a variety of muscular disorders as well as fixing facial wrinkles and fine lines for aesthetic purposes. In 2002, Botox received FDA approval for the treatment of frown lines between the eyes, also known as glabellar lines.
How Is the Botox Procedure Carried Out?
Botox has proven to be highly effective in treating a variety of medical and cosmetic conditions when incorporated in the right dosage and frequency. The Botox employed for cosmetic treatments is a highly purified version of the protein botulinum toxin.
During the procedure, a small concentration of the drug is directly injected into the muscles of the target site using fine needles and syringes. Since there is negligible discomfort during the procedure, no anesthesia is required.
The product works by inhibiting the transmission of signals from the nerve cells to the target muscles. Since the muscles no longer receive any signals for activity, they end up being relaxed and unable to contract. As a result, the overlying skin tissues are able to relax, causing the wrinkles and creases to smooth away and eventually disappear.
What Are the Areas That Can Be Treated?
Botox is an ideal procedure for treating dynamic wrinkles around the lips, between the eyebrows, and on the forehead; crow’s feet on the corners of the eyes; and the vertical bands of muscle on the neck that become more and more pronounced with age.
What You Can Expect From the Treatment
The procedure can typically be performed within half an hour to forty five minutes depending upon the level of correction an individual requires. Since there is zero downtime, you can resume your regular activities right after the Botox session. Within a couple of days, you should notice visibly smoother skin with an effective reduction of unwanted fine lines and wrinkles. Your skin will look tighter and more youthful than before.
Since the body naturally restores the innervations of the muscles within a couple of months, you will be required to go for a follow-up treatment to maintain the results over a longer period of time.
Arrange a Consultation to Learn More
If you would like to find out more about Botox and come in for treatment, contact our office today. Dr. David Kriegel, a skilled dermatologic surgeon, regularly serves patients in the Westchester area.