Although many people are unaware of it, wrinkles are actually classified into two main types: static and dynamic. Most anti-aging treatments address static wrinkles like those found in the mid-face area. Dynamic wrinkles are typically found on the forehead or between the eyebrows and are caused by repetitive facial muscle movements. If you are dealing with dynamic wrinkles, a treatment with BOTOX® has been found to be very safe and effective.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is an injectable liquid that temporarily relaxes facial muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles. It is most commonly used for treating dynamic wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and crow’s feet. It also has uses in the dental industry when it comes to treating the maxillofacial and oral areas of the body.
Is BOTOX® Like Facial Fillers?
No. Other than the fact that both treatment methods utilize injectables, they are very different from each other. Facial fillers work by enhancing facial skin volume to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. They normally contain substances that the body produces naturally. On the other hand, BOTOX® works by temporarily relaxing certain facial muscles.
What is in BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is basically a purified protein solution that is carefully created under the strictest of controlled conditions within a laboratory. It has a proven track record of safety spanning decades.
Once injected into your face, BOTOX® acts as a type of nerve block to keep brain transmissions that would normally activate muscles from being received at the other end where the dynamic wrinkle is found. A muscle that does not receive a signal to activate will not contract and form a dynamic wrinkle at that location.
When Should I Notice Results?
Patients typically begin noticing results from their injections in the days after their treatment. However, it may take as long as a week or two to achieve optimal results. A significant minimization in the depth and size of your lines and wrinkles should be apparent in the weeks after your treatment.
How Long Do the Results Last?
Normally, your results can last for multiple months. Patients typically begin noticing some return of muscle movement in about three or four months after their injections. The good news is that the treatments can be repeated as needed for ongoing results.
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