Botox Cosmetic® is an FDA-approved medication used to relax muscles that cause wrinkles of the face and neck. Unlike other lines of the face that are disturbing to see with age, with damage from the sun, and from your family heritage, these lines become pronounced with muscle tension. Repeated muscle contractions such as when one is under stress continually affect the skin above them, which cause creases or wrinkles to form. Squinting, smiling, frowning, and raising the eyebrows over the years actually cause them. They are called dynamic wrinkles. Initially, they are visible only when the muscles are actually contracting; however, over time they are evident even when you are otherwise relaxed!
Men and women alike begin to see negatively-perceived changes even as early as in their late 20’s. Forehead lines, frown (or 11 lines) show up between your eyebrows and laugh lines (or crow’s feet wrinkles) appear beside your eyes as time passes. Downturned sides of the lips, “smokers’ lines, and horizontal neck lines are problem areas for many people as well. As we age, they get deeper; they don’t tan; they don’t soften with muscle relaxation and they often become a major sign of the aging upper face. And, who wants that?
Botox Cosmetic® is injected into these (and other areas) of the face and neck to decrease the contractions of the muscles causing these negative skin changes, which makes them soften and can even have them go away. The treatment takes about 10- 15 minutes. It is virtually painless and there are very few signs of the treatment after it is done. Results begin to be evident within about three days and last for a period of three to four months.
If these wrinkles sound familiar to you, we welcome you to come into New England Cosmetic for us to evaluate your situation and to recommend appropriate treatments.