Botox is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the world. In 2012 alone, 6.1 million Botox treatments were performed on patients, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. So why is Botox so popular? There’s one simple answer: because it has proven to be effective and safe.
Thousands of patients have taken years off of their facial appearance every year with Botox. Just one treatment can dramatically reduce dynamic wrinkles on your forehead, around your eyes, in between your eyes or around your lips for up to six months, and sometimes even longer. But what happens after those six months are over?
Does Botox Eventually Make Your Wrinkles Worse?
When some people see their wrinkles form again after the rejuvenating effects of Botox wear off, they assume that the treatment made their wrinkles worse. This isn’t true at all. In fact, regular Botox use can actually retrain certain muscles to move less, leading to smoother skin with less Botox over time.
After Botox wears off, your face returns to its natural state. The dynamic wrinkles that your Botox kept hidden show up again. You will not have any new lines caused by Botox. To better understand why Botox cannot cause wrinkle development, let’s take a look at what causes dynamic wrinkles and what exactly Botox does.
What Causes Dynamic Wrinkles?
Botox can improve the appearance of dynamic lines, or wrinkles caused by repetitive muscle movement. Every time your muscle contracts, your skin bunches together and lines are formed between the bulk of muscle, according to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
After repeating an action for years and years, permanent wrinkles begin to form. The most common locations where dynamic wrinkles develop are around your eyes (crow’s feet), between your eyebrows and on your forehead.
How Does Botox Work?
When you come in for your treatment, your face will receive a very small injection of Botox with a tiny micro-needle. The injected Botox blocks impulses from the nerve to the facial muscles that are related to expression lines. In other words, Botox relaxes your muscles so that they don’t contract, leaving you with smooth skin.
After your treatment is over, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled. The untreated facial muscles contract normally, allowing you to make facial expressions that look no different than before you received Botox. Your face should look naturally smoother and more youthful.
Since Botox actually prevents your muscles from contracting, it is impossible for them to worsen your dynamic wrinkles, or those caused by aging or sun damage. Instead, they stop regular movement from occurring, helping to prevent dynamic wrinkles from worsening and getting deeper.
If you’re looking to get rid of dynamic wrinkles that make you look older than you are, Botox is one of the most effective ways to do it. Feel free to contact us at any time to dramatically improve the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, laugh lines and crow’s feet. We here at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery are here to help you look your best.
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