The creases between our eyes, around our eyes, and on our forehead can make us look worried, upset, and older. The muscles that cause these creases are involuntary muscles, meaning we cannot consciously relax them. Over time, as we use the muscles over and over, the creases become deeper and more unattractive, making us appear older.
Botulinum toxin can relax these muscles for us. It can also lift our eyebrows and make our eyes appear more open, giving us a more relaxed and younger appearance.
What is botulinum toxin type A?
Botulinum toxin A is more commonly referred to as Botox or Botox Cosmetic. It is a protein made from the bacteria that causes botulism. It is a highly purified form of the protein that, in very low doses, does not produce harmful effects. When injected into a specific muscle, botulinum toxin blocks nerve activity in the muscles, causing a temporary reduction in muscle activity and inhibiting contraction. The muscle is temporarily paralyzed and relaxes, softening and improving the wrinkles between our eyes, around the eyes and in the forehead. Muscles in the untreated areas of the face will continue to function normally. You will still be able to smile, frown and express your emotions.
Some patients will notice a marked difference just one day after treatment however most patients will notice positive results 5-7 days post treatment. For some it can take up to two weeks to see a complete response.
What are the long-term effects of botulinum toxin?
Anti-wrinkle injections are not permanent. On average the effect lasts for 4 to 5 months after which, the treated muscles gradually regain function, slowly returning to their former appearance. The muscles can be treated repeatedly to maintain a smooth appearance but clients should wait at least 12 weeks before scheduling another treatment. Injections of botulinum toxin are safe and effective with approximately 11 million treatments since its approval by the FDA. Any man or woman between the age of 18 and 65, concerned about the appearance of wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes, are candidates for treatment.
Please note that botulinum toxin should be injected at a physician’s office by a trained certified provider that knows how and where to place the injection safely and for the best result.