By the time most of us have reached our late thirties or early forties, we have begun noticing the unmistakable signs of aging like lines and wrinkles. Although aging is inevitable, premature facial aging can be treated. BOTOX® has helped millions of people turn back the clock on aging skin affected by dynamic wrinkles.
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is an injectable liquid containing a safe, purified botulinum toxin that temporarily relaxes facial muscles that cause so-called “dynamic wrinkles”. Dynamic wrinkles are formed by underlying facial muscles and are often found on the forehead, between the eyebrows, outside the eyes, and about the neck.
BOTOX® prevents the successful transmission of brain impulses to the treated muscles. This prevents the injected muscles from forming a contraction and a dynamic wrinkle at that location. Once injected, the product is not dispersed throughout the body. It remains where it is injected and needed to eliminate dynamic wrinkles.
The treatment can also be used on other facial areas. It may be used for raising a sagging eyebrow, lifting mouth corners, and smoothing out dimpled and cobblestoned chins. It is not normally used for mouth lines because this could lead to difficulty eating and speaking.
Are Facial Fillers and BOTOX® the Same Thing?
No. The two products contain different substances and work very differently from each other. Facial fillers contain substances like hyaluronic acid and collagen to enhance facial volume to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. BOTOX® contains a purified protein serum that temporarily paralyzes facial muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles.
What About My Results?
You may notice some initial results within three days of your treatment. However, many patients need up to a week to notice optimal results. Some patients are asked to return after their initial treatment so that we can judge their response to the injections. Initial BOTOX® injections may deliver only a partial result. This is not uncommon, and you may not achieve complete muscle relaxation until your second or third set of injections.
Most patients enjoy the effects of their injections for a number of months. Once you have achieved full facial muscle relaxation, less of the product is required for maintenance in follow-up treatments. However, every individual is different, and there is no way of knowing for certain how you will respond to the treatment in terms of the duration of your results.
If you would like treatment for dynamic wrinkles, migraine headaches, or hyperhidrosis, please feel free to reach out and make an appointment with Elite Vein and Hair Restoration. At our convenient locations in Dearborn and Canton, our caring and knowledgeable team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option in greater detail and answer any questions you may have about BOTOX®. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!