Muscle Motion Wrinkles and Wrinkle Relaxers
(Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, Jeuveau)
There are 3 kinds of wrinkles: the first type of wrinkle is caused over time by muscle motion (frowning/squinting, lifting your eyes, or smiling). These lines are the easiest to smooth out with wrinkle relaxers (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin and Jeuveau). These so-called ‘toxins’ work by putting the muscles to sleep which create lines so that you look younger and more rested.
In 1997 Botox was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use and since then millions of treatments have been given. Botox was quickly joined by Dysport and Xeomin and all of them are excellent for maintaining your youth as they also work at preventing wrinkles as well as a treatment for those you already have because if you can’t fold the skin, it won’t crease and develop an etched-in line. So by decreasing facial expression and minimizing muscle movement around the parts of the face that are most prone to wrinkles, you are giving yourself a better chance at keeping your skin looking smooth for decades to come. Wrinkle relaxers should not be your only treatment to improve your skin, but they are very powerful.
Where Can These Injectables Be Used?
The 3 most common areas where the wrinkle relaxers are used are the region between the eyebrows, forehead and crow’s feet but they have many other uses on the face and the neck as this chart shows:
*Individual Results May Vary
The secret to leaving you looking refreshed after wrinkle relaxers – and not like a doll or a statue – is to never inject too much. You want enough to smooth the lines but still want to be able to show emotion in your face while slowing the breakdown of skin and collagen. We’ve all seen women with so much Botox that they end up having no expression at all. At New York Skin and Vein Center we don’t want you to look like a statue, just refreshed, smooth and relaxed. Over time Botox can have an accumulative effect. This means continued improvement giving you a subtle, refreshed appearance on the forehead and around the eyes.
Treating The “11’s”
Eighty percent of all wrinkle relaxers are used on the lines between the eyes (the so-called elevens) Because frowning can cause deep vertical grooves between your eyebrows that may you look angry when we smooth those out, the effect is dramatic.
While helping with those distracting lines that are between the eyes wrinkle relaxers help bring the attention back to your eyes. It can also give a little bit of a lifting of the brow (which tends to sag, as we get older) creating a more open-eyed appearance.
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Treating The Forehead
Wrinkle relaxers can also be used in the forehead in the deep horizontal lines that occur there, especially in men. This is where Botox (referred to as BRO-tox by some of my male patients) is best used in men- the horizontal lines of the forehead which give him that “cro magnon caveman” look. The crow’s feet, if they are deep, can also be smoothed out nicely with the wrinkle relaxers.
What To Expect
The differences between the wrinkle relaxers of Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Jeuveau are minimal and your doctor can choose the right one for you. They also all last 3 to 4 months and need a touch up at the end of that time period.
The word neurotoxin (which is what the wrinkle relaxers truly are) scares a lot of people away but they have been used in millions of people over the past 25 years so there is no need to fear. Of course, if you are pregnant or nursing or have a neuromuscular disorder you should not use a neurotoxin but the FDA has deemed them safe for the rest of us. Side effects include rare bruising, eyelid droop, headache, and tenderness around the injection site. All of these complications are not serious and they are temporary.
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