The most commonly reported skin conditions in dermatology practices have to do with the effects of aging -- namely, wrinkles. No one wants to look older than they are, and many times, people spend a fortune on high-quality skincare regimens without considering other options. While taking care of your skin with a proper regimen is crucial, you might also consider a wrinkle reducing treatment like Botox. Here’s why.
Botox injections involve the use of a prescription solution to block the nerve impulses responsible for wrinkles. When these tiny facial muscles tighten -- thousands of times a day with every facial expression made -- they can lead to creases and folds in the skin. These fine lines can turn into wrinkles, and over the years, they become deeper and deeper. Injectables like Botox effectively “relax” the muscles, which in turn smooths out the wrinkle itself.
Wrinkles are a natural side effect of the aging process. From smiling to frowning to squinting, we’re always contracting our tiny facial muscles; eventually, this leads to wrinkles in everyone. Botox injections target these wrinkles one at a time, as the prescription solution relaxes the surrounding muscles. Most commonly, Botox injections are administered on different areas of the face, including frown lines in the forehead and the area between the eyes, areas surrounding the mouth and nose (which can develop “marionette lines”) or on the sides of the eyes (which can develop “crow’s feet”).
The Botox prescription solution has an active ingredient derived from the Clostridium botulinum bacterium, a purified protein. Tiny Botox injections into certain muscles in the targeted areas can safely prevent the muscles used during facial expressions from creasing the skin and forming the deep vertical lines caused by habitual pursing, frowning, and squinting.
While Botox injections are extremely effective, the treatment is not permanent. Therefore, once you receive a Botox treatment, you’ll need to schedule another injection typically within about six months -- but this timeline could be longer or shorter depending on the severity of the wrinkle. There is virtually no downtime, and results can usually be seen within one week to one month after a Botox treatment.
Wrinkle reducing treatments carry minimal risks of side effects, but the primary way to ensure your safety is receiving injectables like Botox from a qualified, experienced dermatologist. You can ask for a portfolio of before and after photos from real patients and check the dermatologist’s credentials. This type of wrinkle reducer is not something to skimp on, so be wary of any offers that seem “too good to be true” or you may end up with unpleasant side effects.
Very rare complications may include some bruising, swelling, and pain at the treatment site. Swelling, headache, drooping eyelids, dryness or excess moisture in the eyes, crooked smiles, or drooling can also be side effects in rare cases. The active ingredients in Botox are technically considered toxins, so in extremely rare cases, these can spread from the injection site into the rest of the body, causing issues with vision, trouble speaking, muscle weakness, inability to swallow, breathing problems, and loss of bladder control.
Looking to give Botox injections a try? Contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists. We can talk you through the treatment and address your specific skin concerns.