As the season has turned to fall, more and more people are asking me about what they can do to look better in anticipation of the end-of-year holidays. I probably get asked more about how to get rid of wrinkles than about any other skin care issue.
For those with expressive faces, every time you smile, frown, squint, or show surprise, you are actually sending nerve impulses that signal the muscles around your eyes and forehead to contract. Over the years, these repeated contractions of muscles and folding over of the skin result in collagen being pushed out of the area, causing wrinkles to gradually form.
For wrinkles in the upper face, Botox injections are a major weapon in the battle against the effects of aging and the sun. Botox is a safe and relatively simple treatment that fights wrinkles by relaxing muscles on the face and smoothing out your skin.
Botox is a naturally-produced protein that blocks the impulses from nerve endings that tell affected muscles to contract. When I inject Botox into a specific muscle such as one in the forehead, the signal from the nerve ending to the muscle is modulated so the muscle will not contract and will instead stay relaxed.
After the initial injection, it takes several days for the relaxation effect to start with Botox. With the muscle over the forehead relaxed, for example, the previous wrinkles will smooth out and new wrinkles will not form as long as the Botox effect is maintained.
The peak effect of any particular treatment is usually around 1-2 weeks. Then, the wrinkle smoothing will last for at least 3 months. Once your wrinkles are lessened or gone, you will have renewed self-confidence and all with a simple procedure that does not require surgery.
If Botox is administered again to an area once the effects have worn off, the Botox smoothing will last longer. Frequently, people who have had Botox repeatedly will only need a re-treatment every 6 months or so.
I have been using Botox for aesthetic treatments for over 14 years, and its popularity continues to grow. Younger women have been migrating to the use of Botox to halt the “elevens” or scowl lines between the eyes that they see when they are squinting at their mobile devices, for example.
While it’s not surprising to see women getting Botox treatments, more men are actually getting Botox these days than ever before. In fact, now up to 10% of all Botox treatments are done on men, a drastic increase from when Botox was first approved by the FDA nearly 15 years ago.
Botox is also very versatile in that it can be combined with many other types of treatments such as dermal fillers, laser treatments, and facial peels to enhance your skin and counteract many of the other effects of aging. You will not look frozen, but rather you will look like a more relaxed version of yourself or have you may have looked 5-10 years ago.
It’s safe, effective, minimally invasive. What’s not to like about Botox? Remember also that getting your Botox injections in the next month or so will leave you looking relaxed even during the hectic holiday season ahead.