If you’re experiencing smile lines and other dynamic wrinkles on the facial and forehead skin, you’re not alone. Age-related wrinkling is a fact of life for people in Thousand Oaks and elsewhere, but you can do something about it. These lines and wrinkles can be significantly minimized, and you don’t have to undergo surgical skin repositioning in order to get back your youthful appearance. BOTOX® may be all the treatment you need. Without treating the skin directly, BOTOX® can reduce the visual signs of aging on the face simply by preventing muscle contraction.
Why Dynamic Wrinkles Form
These small lines and creases are caused by relaxation or tightening of the skin when the upper-level facial muscles contract. Everything’s just fine until you smile, frown, pout, or purse your lips. Suddenly, you look old and stern. The skin has become somewhat brittle and no longer retains as much moisture as it once did. Collagen production has also decreased, and the result is wrinkled epidermis.
They’re called dynamic wrinkles because the muscle movements and subsequent skin relaxation is what causes them to appear. If only the muscles could be told to stay put, everything would be just fine. Actually, the muscles can indeed stay relaxed. BOTOX® is the secret weapon.
How BOTOX® Works
BOTOX® is a purified protein solution that simply prevents muscles from receiving signal input from the brain. When injected into the upper-level facial muscles, it acts as a signal blocker. The muscles stay relaxed, and the facial skin isn’t pulled horizontally or vertically.
This treatment doesn’t affect the sensory nerves, those that reach the skin. This means that your face won’t feel numb after receiving the injections. Best of all, you can still smile, frown, and make all of your other facial expressions, but your face won’t become full of dynamic wrinkles in the process.
Consultation and Treatment
We first look at the client’s face closely to determine the dosage and where to inject the BOTOX® fluid. We also discuss the client’s aesthetic goals and medical history. The actual treatment is performed in the comfort of our office in Thousand Oaks. During the treatment, the solution is skillfully injected into the preselected areas.
The muscle-relaxing effect takes a few days to manifest, but the results of the treatment last for multiple months. During this period of time, the muscles are becoming trained to stay in a relaxed state, so subsequent treatments may not require as much of the fluid.
Some of our Thousand Oaks clients make this a regular part of their beauty regimen. BOTOX® is suitable for all skin types because the skin itself isn’t being treated. It’s a great way to look and feel your best.