Botox has increased in popularity and is currently the number one cosmetic treatment in the United States. The reason for this spike may have something to do with the increase in people staring at their reflections during video conferences throughout the pandemic. The fact remains, Botox is quickly becoming the go-to cosmetic treatment for all ages.
What is Botox? At what age should you begin treatments? This blog has answers for anyone considering a Botox treatment.
This non-invasive treatment reduces the look of stress and aging by temporarily eliminating the fine lines and wrinkles on your face. “Botox” is the brand name for it, derived from it being the first injectable medication made from the bacterium clostridium botulinum.
This bacteria is a neurotoxin naturally found in forests, lakes, and soil. In its natural state, it can cause illnesses like food poisoning. However, thanks to the development of anti-aging technology, doctors have learned how to harness this toxin and use it for good.
Botox in small amounts can correct a number of health-related issues, such as:
- Blepharospasm, which is a condition that causes uncontrollable blinking
- Cervical dystonia, which causes severe muscle contractions in the shoulder and neck
- Chronic migraine
- Overactive bladder
- Severe underarm sweating
- Strabismus, which are crossed or misaligned eyes
Despite its use to treat these conditions, Botox is used much more frequently as a cosmetic treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.
Botox can make you look younger and less stressed. Cosmetic Botox injections work by paralyzing or weakening muscles and nerves that contract to form a wrinkle. When Botox is administered, the muscle that contracts to create the wrinkle relaxes, which makes your wrinkles smooth out, soften, and even disappear.
It seems like every spa and clinic these days offers Botox treatments. However, it’s important to understand what Botox can and cannot do. We must first understand the types of wrinkles that can form on your face.
There are two types of facial wrinkles: dynamic and static. Botox helps with dynamic wrinkles. Laughing, squinting, or smiling cause wrinkles to form as the muscles move over and over. This repeated creasing and relaxing can leave permanent lines on the skin.
Examples of dynamic wrinkles include:
- Crow’s feet, which form on the side of your face at the outside of your eye
- Frown lines on your forehead
- Laugh lines in your cheeks
Botox can help reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles by relaxing the muscles in these areas. This gives you a more youthful appearance.
Static wrinkles happen as you age. Your skin eventually becomes thinner and drier, giving you a more worn and hollowed out appearance as your skin loses collagen and elasticity. If you smoke or spend a lot of time in the sun, this process can speed up.
For static wrinkles, we recommend dermal fillers over Botox for lifting the skin, smoothing out age-related wrinkles, and freshening the appearance. Botox can’t target these wrinkles because they have less to do with muscle movement and more to do with the results of aging in general.