The holidays can be a busy time of year, not to mention particularly stressful. Between social gatherings, prepping holiday foods, shopping for gifts, and coordinating time off work, your skin might begin to show signs of wear during the winter months. Don’t let those forehead furrows and frown lines take over! Try a Botox treatment instead.
One of the most common skin concerns among patients in dermatology offices is the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially on the face. Facial wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They happen over time due to the thousands of tiny muscles contracting when we make any facial expression — including smiling, frowning, squinting, pursing the lips, and more.
But several lifestyle factors can also contribute to the appearance of wrinkles and may cause these folds in the skin to appear deeper and more prominent, or at an earlier age. Lack of hydration or forgetting to use moisturizer can contribute to chronic dryness of the skin. If moisture isn’t present, the skin cells can’t stay properly hydrated, similar to a grape wrinkling into a raisin.
Other key factors, like excess exposure to sunlight, smoking and the use of other nicotine products, and nutrient deficiencies can all lead to wrinkles. Of course, stress is a very common factor and can cause the body’s organs — including the skin — to age much faster on a cellular level.
Botox is the most common dermatology injection used to treat and prevent wrinkling of the skin on the face. It’s typically injected into frown lines in the forehead and the glabellar lines between the eyes, areas surrounding the mouth and nose (known as “marionette lines”), or on the sides of the eyes (known as “crow’s feet”). It should always be administered by a dermatology professional to ensure safe and effective results.
Botox is a prescription solution that blocks the nerve impulses responsible for facial expressions that lead to wrinkling. For instance, the glabellar lines in the area between the eyebrows often result from frowning or concentrating. Botox effectively “relaxes” the muscles around the forehead and eyebrows to prevent them from contracting. Over time, any existing lines or wrinkles smooth out, and deeper furrows are prevented as well.
Botox is not permanent, but results can last anywhere from three to six months depending on the area of the face affected and the severity of the wrinkles. Botox injections carry minimal risks of side effects, but rare complications might include slight bruising or swelling at the treatment site or a headache for a day or two following treatment. Drooping eyelids, dryness or excess moisture in the eyes, crooked smiles, or drooling may also be side effects in very rare cases.
Interested in giving Botox a try or seeing if you’re a good candidate for it? If you’re in the greater Washington, D.C. area, contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists. We administer Botox in our office and can advise you on a treatment plan tailored to your needs.