Even when we aren’t talking, our faces can be relaying messages. Expressions like frowning and smiling are a great way of communicating feelings, but they can also lead to unwanted fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. When we are young, the lines caused by these expressions fade as soon as we stop making them. As collagen production slows down with age, however, these lines tend to stick around. These expression lines can easily be treated with BOTOX® injections.
How Can BOTOX® Help with Expression Lines?
BOTOX® works by relaxing the muscles that are responsible for the movements that cause the expression lines. This gives your facial skin a chance to smooth out, which will cause the lines and wrinkles to become less noticeable. The purified protein solution is injected very strategically so that it does not affect the surrounding areas.
When you decide to get BOTOX® injections, the first thing you will need to do is come in for a consultation. This is where a personalized treatment plan can be created. After this, the injections themselves take very little time to administer. It will take some time for the active ingredient to kick in and stop muscle movement, usually around 72 hours after you have had your injections. So don’t worry if your results are not immediate. Peak results will typically appear one week after your appointment and last for at least four months. Once that period is over, you will need to decide if you want to come in for follow-up treatments. If you choose not to, muscle movement will return to normal and the expression lines will reappear.
Who and What Can BOTOX® Treat?
As previously stated, this treatment is ideal for expression lines. It can also be used between the eyebrows and on the forehead to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Both men and women can benefit from BOTOX® treatments. While some people seem to think of it as a treatment for older people, it is becoming increasingly popular with those in those 40s and even 30s, and sometimes even younger. Many factors, such as genetics and lifestyle choices, contribute to when expression lines show up. There is no reason to wait to treat them if you are bothered by their appearance.
Ready to learn more about BOTOX® at Westover Hills Dermatology and how it can help with expression lines? The professionals in our San Antonio office would be happy to answer your questions. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!