If you’re like most people in San Antonio, TX, it’s likely that you always thought that a wrinkle is a wrinkle. They are undesirable, they negatively affect your appearance, and they are some of the first telltale signs of aging. However, if you visit a professional and ask about BOTOX® treatments, they will tell you that BOTOX® treatments are specifically designed to treat dynamic wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are the wrinkles that are formed on your face when muscle contractions cause your skin to bunch together. When you are younger, dynamic wrinkles are not bad. For example, when you see a young person smile and the skin on the corner of their eyes bunches together, it’s not an unattractive thing. In fact, researchers have shown that the bunching together of the skin around the eyes when a person laughs or when a person smiles is a clear indication that their smile or their laughter is genuine.
The problem comes when you get older. When a young person smiles, the skin at the corners of their eyes bunches together. When they finish smiling, their skin goes back to its smooth appearance. However, since the skin of older individuals is a lot thinner, when they smile, their skin bunches together, but it doesn’t bounce back. Instead, creases and lines are formed around the sides of the eyes. These creases and lines etched around the side of the eyes are referred to as crow’s feet. Clearly, something called crow’s feet cannot be good. In addition to crow’s feet, the wrinkles you get on your forehead and around your mouth are other examples of dynamic wrinkles.
BOTOX® is able to help temporarily remove the appearance of dynamic wrinkles in a way that no topical cream could. As we mentioned, the source of dynamic wrinkles is muscle movement. Topical creams are not designed to impact the way your muscles move. However, when BOTOX® is injected into the treated area, it temporarily relaxes your facial muscles. After these treatments, when you smile, frown, or when you make any other facial gestures, your facial muscles do not contract as forcefully as they did prior to the treatment. As a result, your skin does not bunch together, and you do not develop new dynamic wrinkles. At the same time, the dynamic wrinkles you have start to fade away.
BOTOX® does not rob you of your ability to make facial expressions. You are still able to express happiness, sadness, frustration, and even anger in the same way you did prior to the treatments. The only difference is that your muscle contractions are not causing your skin to bunch together and form dynamic wrinkles. When properly applied, the results of these treatments are so natural that you are likely to be the only person in San Antonio, TX who knows you had it done.
Dynamic wrinkles are a frustrating part of getting older. They can mark your face and make you look older than you really are. Do something about dynamic wrinkles. Learn more about how BOTOX® treatments at Westover Hills Dermatology can help you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in San Antonio, TX!