As we age, so does our skin. One sign of aging includes increased number of wrinkles that may be due in part of several causes. One primary cause of wrinkles is involuntary action of muscles in the face. BOTOX® Cosmetic works by relaxes these muscles and therefore reducing the appearance of these wrinkles and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles.
While BOTOX® Cosmetic is the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States, it is not always the best solution to every wrinkle. There are other procedures that may be used alone or in combination with BOTOX® to achieve your maximum goal. It is important to discuss your goals with Dr. Som before choosing to undergo injections of BOTOX® to help you understand your treatment options and decide which is best for you.
How Muscles Cause Wrinkles
Facial muscles are unique in our body in that they are the only muscles that insert into the dermis of the overlying skin. These are referred to as Mimetic muscles of the face. Thereby allowing us to express emotion. Repeated muscle contractions, in this case facial expressions, leads to folds in the skin: wrinkles. Thus, by eliminating the muscle action we block the formation of these wrinkles.The most common formation for these lines includethe forehead, corners of your eyes, and glabella (space between the eyes, which lead to the 11’s).
These lines then become further accentuated as your skin loses its elasticity and develops creases where the habitual contraction creates folds.
How BOTOX® Cosmetic Reduces Wrinkles
BOTOX® reduces the appearance of some wrinkles by overcoming your muscles’ repeated contractions. BOTOX® tells these muscles to relax. Once these muscles relax, the folds created by repetitious motion smooth. Depending on the quality of the skin, a crease or other trace may remain. These traces can be reduced using various skin care methods, including skin resurfacing with the SKINPEN, and through the use of Dr. Som’s personally tailored skin care line: SK by Dr. SOM.
BOTOX® can often be used to treat these wrinkles:
• Horizontal lines in the forehead
• Vertical “11” lines between the eyebrows (glabellar lines)
• “Crow’s feet”
• “Bunny lines” on the side of your nose
• “Lipstick lines” around your mouth
Dr. Som will evaluate you and your goals to determine if BOTOX® is appropriate to treat your wrinkles during your consultation.The effects of BOTOX® is temporary, lasting about 3-6 months, which means you will need repeated treatment to maintain your results.
Is BOTOX® Cosmetic Safe?
Yes. BOTOX® injections are the most common cosmetic medical procedure performed, with millions of procedures performed every year. Some people experience side effects such as droopy eyelids when injected too close to the upper eyelid (causing superior orbicularis oculi and levator muscle), but most people just see the results they desire. Reports of serious side effects are generally associated with the use of botulinum toxin for the treatment of tremors or other involuntary muscle movements, which requires injections of much larger quantities.
Side effects associated with cosmetic use of BOTOX® are generally minor and are often the result of use by an inexperienced injector.
Why Choose Dr. Som for Your BOTOX® Cosmetic Injection
Although many people offer BOTOX® Cosmetic injections, not everyone is equally qualified to perform the injections. Performing the injections well depends on a detailed knowledge of facial anatomy, especially the musculature that moves the skin – these factors make a specialty trained Plastic Surgeon like Dr. Som the ideal injector. Also important, is to work with an injector who has experience with performing the injections and therefore understands the likely effects on a wide variety of individuals. Dr. Som has spent 3 years of specialty training with the world famous Luis Vasconez as well as learning special techniques in International Plastic Surgery Meetings and working in Central and Southern America.
Give us a call today to schedule your BOTOX consultation with Dr. Som.