A Minimally Invasive Procedure
Crows feet, smile lines and other wrinkles appearing between the brow or on the forehead result from the facial muscles contracting repetitively throughout your lifetime. To reverse the damage, botulinum toxin (Type A) is injected into the facial muscles to inhibit the nerve signals that tell the muscles to contract. This pause in nerve contractions allows the muscles to relax and the lines and wrinkles to smooth out.
While only temporary, stopping the muscle contraction prevents the progression of lines and wrinkles and keeps new lines from forming. Two of the most common botulinum toxin injections are Botox and Dysport.
Is Botulinum Toxin Right For Me?
Facial movements are a typical part of every minute of every day. We laugh, cry, smile, squint, and subconsciously make facial expressions that mirror our emotions. But these aren’t the only movements that require the use of our facial muscles. Talking and even chewing require the same use of facial muscles. Over time, as our bodies age, we lose subcutaneous fat that once made our face appear full, the collagen in our skin begins to fade away, and our facial muscles no longer work as closely to the skin. Wrinkles are the first sign that our skin is not quite what it used to be.*
After wrinkles come the dark under eye circles, hollowed cheeks, and even a sagging chin line. But if you can treat these issues before they progress, you’ll have a greater chance of maintaining a youthful appearance despite how much quicker your birthday seems to roll around each year.*
The results described are not typical and will vary based on a variety of factors. One of the benefits of botulinum toxin injections is that these injections can be used in conjunction with other skin restoration procedures. Having used alone, botulinum injections can slow the formation of new lines but has an even greater effect when used in combination with therapies such as chemical peels or dermal fillers.
When Is the Right Time to Consider Botulinum Injections?
It is never too late to opt for botulinum injections, but as mentioned, the sooner is always better in this case. Some signs it might be time to consult your skin care professional include the following:
- Wrinkles and lines forming around your eyes and on your forehead when you contract your facial muscles.
- Fine lines begin to deepen and make you appear angry, tired or upset when you actually are not.
- A portion of your face such as your eyebrow starts to droop and can be lifted through the use of an injection to relax the muscle.
- You continue to be plagued by migraines with no relief
What Should I Expect During My Botulinum Toxin Treatment?
If you know anything about botulinum toxin injections or have even seen a procedure performed, you might think giving a few shots is straightforward and easy. But it is actually quite the opposite. Giving botulinum injections is a combined art form and science. Lurking underneath the skin’s surface are 43 muscles. When relaxed, each of these muscles has a different effect. Injecting the botulinum toxin into the wrong muscle will not only have the wrong results, but it can also be dangerous.
When you come into Skinlastiq for your botulinum toxin injections, our trained medical staff will work with you to discuss what results in you wish to achieve. By setting out your goals and knowing exactly what areas to correct, your healthcare provider will know which muscles to target. He or she will then insert a very thin needle into the pinpointed muscle and inject a small amount of the serum. By only relaxing the muscles responsible for wrinkles, this treatment will not inhibit your natural facial expressions.*
The number of injections necessary for achieving the optimal results varies from person to person and largely depends on your individual facial features and the extent of your wrinkles. Some wrinkles like the fine lines around your eyes may only require two to three injections while other deeper furrows and folds may take five or more injections. In all, treatment with botulinum toxins only takes an average of 15 minutes and will be performed without anesthesia in the comfort of a spa-like atmosphere here at Skinlastiq.
Following your treatment, you will be able to resume normal activity with no downtime, as this treatment does not require a recovery period.
* The results described or shown will vary based on a variety of factors.