Botox and Dysport
The best wrinkle is the one you never get! Botulinum toxin is used as a treatment to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and fine lines. It can smooth wrinkles on your forehead, in-between your eyes, and crow’s feet. It is a non-invasive FDA-approved treatment that requires zero downtime, so you can come in and erase those signs of aging on your lunch break.
Using a very fine needle we inject Botulinum Toxin (Botox®, Dysport®, Xeomin®) into the facial muscles responsible for those annoying wrinkles, totally relaxing them and reducing their ability to contract. Don’t worry, you’ll be out the door and on your way to feeling refreshed and radiating confidence in no time.
How It Works
Over time, the muscles above and between the eyebrows repeatedly contract and tighten, causing wrinkles. Botulinum toxin works beneath the skin’s surface and targets the underlying muscle activity that causes frown lines and crow’s feet to form over time. Normally when we squint, frown, or make other facial expressions, our nerves release a neurotransmitter chemical, known as acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter binds to receptors within the muscle to make it contract. Wrinkle relaxers like Botulinum toxin work by binding to the acetylcholine receptors, and blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscles.
After a muscle has been injected, the nerves still send the signal to the muscle to contract, and the acetylcholine is still released, but is unable to bind to the muscle, resulting in a reduction of muscle activity and temporarily preventing contraction of the muscles that cause frown lines. The binding process typically begins within about 48 hours from the time it is injected into the muscle, and results typically become noticeable within 7 to 10 days.
While results are often most noticeable in dynamic wrinkles (wrinkles that appear when a muscle contracts), it can also help soften wrinkles that are present even without muscle contraction. If you’re serious about improving the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, it may be just the right treatment option for you.