How does Botox work to reverse the signs of aging?

The skin around your eyes and forehead are often the first place on your face to show the signs of aging. Millions of people turn to Botox each year to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines to gain a more youthful look. How does Botox work? We break it down here.

If you’ve been wanting to turn back time but you’re not quite ready to go under the knife, you should consider Botox. Derived from a bacterial toxin, it’s the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedure in the world. Delivered in small amounts through a tiny needle, the bacterium can cause temporary muscle weakness, relaxing the muscles from contracting. This prevents the skin above it from folding or wrinkling and causing what’s called dynamic wrinkles.

Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet around the eye area and forehead lines. It’s a safe and effective treatment for dynamic wrinkles,

Squinting, frowning, smiling and laughing are all facial expressions that form dynamic wrinkles in the skin. Reducing the appearance of these wrinkles is where Botox shines. Botox doesn’t have an effect on static wrinkles, which are wrinkles such as smile lines and lip lines that are constantly present. Dermal fillers plump tissue and restore volume and do well on static wrinkles. Often patients get both Botox and dermal fillers that will help them achieve their aesthetic goals.

Botox treatments take 20 minutes or less, and patients have very little discomfort. A numbing cream is placed on the treatment area prior to the injections. Patients can return to normal activities immediately after treatment.

Botox is a temporary cosmetic treatment. The effects last an average of four months. Eventually, the muscles begin to contract again, and wrinkles start to reappear. That’s when you return for subsequent treatment. With each session, treated muscles become more “trained” to relax and are less severe when they do reappear.

To learn more about Botox, dermal fillers and other treatment options to help you turn back time on your skin, call (203) 453-6635 today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Price.

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