These wonderful products are called neuromodulators, and they are can work miracles of wrinkle reduction in the appropriate patient.
Many wrinkles in the skin are caused by the activity of the muscle underneath it. Botox, and the products like it, work by relaxing and limiting the activity of the muscle in the area injected. By relaxing and limiting the activity of the muscles in areas like your forehead, the wrinkles and frown lines begin to smooth out, leaving you with smoother, clearer, and younger looking skin.
Where can I have it?
Neuromodulators are used in many areas on the face and neck for temporary improvement in your appearance. Botox has been FDA approved for frown lines between the eyebrows. The areas of the face where Botox is common used include:
Frown lines (between the eyebrows, angry lines)
Crows feet around the eyes
Corners of the mouth
Lifting up eyebrows
Areas around the nose (sides of nose and flaring nose)
Near the neck to reduce neck bands
Around the mouth to relax vertical lip lines
There are other areas as well.
How do they work again?
Neuromodulators are made from purified protein. The injected protein, Botox/Dysport/Xeomin, is made out of the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. This protein blocks the hyperactive activity of your facial muscles which are the cause of frown and other lines. When Botox blocks this activity, your facial muscles relax and smooth out, resulting in smoother, younger looking skin.
Is the injection safe?
Yes it is safe. Botox, the first on the market, has been in use since its FDA approval in 2002 for the treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows. Since its approval many millions of people have used Botox safely and regularly.
Am I a candidate?
You are a candidate if you would like to smooth out your lines and maybe lessen that angry look, or smooth out frown lines that frame your face.
Will I still look natural?
This is a common misconception. People frequently worry unnecessarily, that they will not look natural. The overwhelming majority of people feel that they do look very natural after injection. The injection can be tailored to only mildly limit the muscle activity and maintain some expression, or almost entirely relax the muscle for optimal wrinkle improvement. This depends on what you would like.
How long does it take?
The treatment itself usually only takes around 15 minutes.
Does it hurt?
A very common question. Honestly, no it really doesn’t hurt. I know physicians are always saying that, but I’m serious this time. There might be some slight pain at the injection site, depending on the sensitivity of your skin. They are tiny injections are very well tolerated.