The years of midlife and maturity bring with them many changes. Some of these changes are wonderful, like enjoying a grandchild or having the time to finally take that cruise. Unfortunately, other changes that occur during these years, we would rather not experience, like wrinkles. These fines lines and creases, which will not go away by themselves, seem to appear overnight. One day your skin is smooth and wrinkle free and the next it seems, you hardly recognize yourself. This is especially true of those lines between your eyebrows. These are known as glabellar lines. Mother always said, don’t frown, it will cause those lines to remain on your face. Mother was right, glabellar lines do result from years of crinkling the brows although their severity does vary among individuals.
Treating Wrinkles with Botox
The good news is glabellar lines can drastically be reduced by having Botox cosmetic treatments. By using Botox injections, glabellar lines can be visibly softened and smoothed. One treatment can last for up to 4 months and results are usually seen within a month. Botox cosmetic treatments are simple procedures that do not require surgery. Moreover, Botox is the only FDA approved medication for treating glabellar lines and can be used on anyone between the ages of 18 and 65. The procedure takes only ten minutes to complete and patients can return to their normal activities immediately afterwards. Botox works because it is a purified protein that decreases the muscle activity between the brows by stopping the signaling of impulses to the nerves of the treated muscles. This causes the muscles to become less active.
Most Popular Aesthetic Procedure Today
Botox cosmetic treatments have become so popular that the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery placed Botox at the top of the list for the most frequently physician administered aesthetic procedure done in the United States, as well as one of the least expensive. Because of the effectiveness at treating wrinkles and the low cost, nearly 3.3 million people have had Botox injections. This includes models, actors and people in all types of professions.
During a Botox treatment, the physician will examine muscle movement around the brow areas. This helps the physician in determining where exactly to inject the Botox. Using a tiny syringe, the physician will administer several injections of the Botox into the predetermined muscles that are responsible for the glabellar lines between the brows. The procedure requires no anesthesia, although the physician may use an anesthetic cream or cold pack before administering the injection. Once completed, the patient can resume their daily activities. Because Botox treatments last for about 4 months, most individuals schedule repeat treatments.
Temporary Side Effects
There are some common side effects that may occur, which include nausea, temporary eyelid droop, localized pain, redness, tenderness, swelling and perhaps some bruising at the injection sites. Individuals who suffer from Lambert-Eaton syndrome, myasthenia gravis or neuromuscular disorders should discuss the use of Botox with their primary care physician before having treatments as these conditions may increase the risk of serious side effects.
The Results of Botox Cosmetic Treatments
Although Botox treatments reduce the movement of treated muscles that cause frown lines, the results do not leave a mask-like appearance. These muscles will still function to produce facial expressions, just at a lesser degree to prevent creases between brows. Botox treatments are a safe and affordable way to reduce wrinkles. For best results, visit a physician that is well experienced at administering Botox treatments.