If you are considering having Botox treatments, ensure you understand how it works. Botox is a brand of Botulinum Toxin Type A, a protein extracted from Clostridium Botulinum. Botox cosmétique is quite effective and safe when used in a small therapeutic clinical dose. But, no matter which brand you choose, you have to look for an experienced medical practitioner who will perform the procedure in a registered clinic. Because Botulinum toxin is a prescription medicine, only doctors, aesthetic nurses, and dentists can prescribe it.
How Wrinkles are Formed
Wrinkles can appear on skin areas where it creases because of daily facial expressions like smiling and frowning. As wrinkles begin to form, they usually do so in the frown, crow’s feet, and forehead. During this stage, they are called dynamic wrinkles. These wrinkles appear only as a result of muscle contraction. Once these wrinkles become deeper and more ingrained into the skin, they become static wrinkles.
How Botox Works with Wrinkles
Botox temporarily impacts the nerve tissues connected to the facial muscles. Thus, the procedure involves temporarily immobilizing the targeted muscles. Wrinkles don’t appear if these muscles are not stimulated to move. When Botox is injected, its effects increase up to fourteen days. After it has taken its full effect, the muscle activity which softens or eliminates the appearance of wrinkles is reduced.
- Dynamic wrinkles. With Botox, there is a very smooth unlined appearance of the skin when frowning or smiling as the targeted muscles do not move.
- Static wrinkles. Botox softens the wrinkles without changing the skin’s actual structure. Thus, wrinkles ingrained into the skin will still be visible.
Unfortunately, while wrinkles often begin on the upper portion of the face, they become more visible in areas like nose, lips, and mouth lines. Over time, wrinkles can appear over the neck and whole face. Botox injections will only treat wrinkles formed by muscle movement. Thus, the treatment can be used on lip lines, jowls, neck, and chin areas. There will be subtle but effective results on the lower face. Also, Botox is often combined with other injectable treatments or skin health treatments to improve the results further.
When considering Botox injections, look for an experienced practitioner in a registered clinic and consult with them to know what to expect from the Botox treatment. Also, make sure you know the extra treatments you might need to get your desired results.