After years of squinting, laughing, frowning, smoking, and worrying, the skin around the eyes and on the forehead will often develop deep lines and wrinkles called “expression lines.” A frequent concern is that they often make you look older, tired, or stressed. Until recently, these advanced furrows have been difficult to treat. Now, by utilizing this FDA approved muscle-relaxing agent, expression lines can be significantly reduced.
What are Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin?
These are therapeutic muscle-relaxing agents derived from the bacterium, Clostridium Botulinum. Over the last several years, physicians have utilized these products as a treatment to correct the visible signs of stress and aging. They may also be used for the treatment of hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating of the underarms, palms of hands, and soles of feet.
How do these products work?
The contractions and movements of the facial muscles are controlled by signals from the brain. These injections simply prevent the muscle from allowing responses to these messages. As a result, the muscle relaxes and the overlying skin remains unwrinkled and smooth.
What is treatment like?
With a very fine needle, the chosen product is injected into the specific muscle that is contracting and causing the lines and wrinkles on the face. Treatment is effective, safe, and takes approximately 10 minutes. The pain is a minimal “pin prick” and no anesthetic is required. Immediately following treatment, you may resume regular activities!
How long does a treatment last?
The effects usually last 3 to 4 months, and fade away gradually. Following several treatments, the results may last 4 to 8 months or longer.
Are there any possible side effects?
Side effects, if any, are usually mild and temporary. Botulinum toxins contain proteins, which in some circumstances may be naturally safeguarded against by the body’s ability to produce antibodies. If antibodies are formed, the therapy will generate a lesser response. Temporary bruising is sometimes experienced, though this symptom resolves itself within 2 to 3 days. In rare cases, there can be a slight drooping of an eyelid or asymmetry of expression. If this should happen, notify us so we may begin appropriate therapy.
What type of results will I see?
Typically, the effect is visible within 3 days. Maximum benefits are reached between 7 to 14 days. Once the muscle becomes dormant and the skin softens, you will have a more relaxed and youthful appearance. These injections are often used in conjunction with other procedures performed at The Advanced Skin Care and Laser Center. This includes IPL skin photorejuvenation and the use of injectable fillers for wrinkle correction