Why use botulinum toxin for facial wrinkles and where to buy botulinum toxin?
The first signs of aging are usually wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, cheeks, and lips. Wrinkles are a normal feature of the face, but many people find that wrinkles make them look tired or older.
Wrinkles on the forehead before botulinum toxin injection
To reduce the appearance of wrinkles, some people choose to inject toxin
botulinum. These injections are often known by their brand name, such as
Botox®, Dysport®, Botulax®, and Neuronox®. The injections relax certain muscles in the face, and some wrinkles are less noticeable for a time.
Types of wrinkles
Photograph of wrinkles on the forehead after botulinum toxin injection
After treatment, wrinkles are significantly reduced, even when the patient contracts the facial muscles.
There are two types of wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles and very light lines and wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by the movement of the muscles of the face when one smiles, laughs or squints. They are often found around the lips, on the forehead, and between the eyebrows. There are also the “crow’s feet” in the corner of the eyelids. We are all born with dynamic wrinkles. As we age, these wrinkles deepen and are easier to see. Botulinum toxin can be used to make these dynamic wrinkles less visible.
Very fine lines and wrinkles form when the amount of collagen in the skin begins to decrease. Collagen is a protein found just under the skin and between the deep layers of the skin. Aging and sun damage can cause collagen to decline. This causes the skin on the face to stretch and sag, which creates fine wrinkles. Botulinum toxin does not remove fine lines and wrinkles. However, there are other ways to reduce its appearance.
How Does Botulinum Toxin (Botox) Work?
Botulinum toxin is produced by a specific type of bacteria. In large quantities, it can be poisonous. However, only small, weak doses of botulinum toxin are used to reduce facial wrinkles.
When injected, botulinum toxin blocks certain nerve signals that cause muscles to contract. Muscles relax, reducing wrinkles. This effect lasts for approximately 3 to 6 months. Then the muscles move again and the wrinkles reappear.
Photograph of crow’s feet before botulinum toxin injection
Crow’s feet before botulinum toxin injection
When injecting botulinum toxin, your doctor may first rub a numbing cream into the area to numb it. Then you will inject the medicine into certain facial muscles. This only takes a few minutes and can be done in the doctor’s office. Consult with your doctor about activities to avoid immediately after treatment.
During the first week of your treatment, you will notice that your muscles begin to relax and fewer facial lines and wrinkles. This effect disappears in a period of 3–6 months.