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Does BOTOX® Prevent Wrinkles?August 16, 2013 by Dr. Kirby
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a very effective way to relax wrinkles and create a smooth, rested brow. But did you know that BOTOX® can play an important role in preventative care as well? As you protect your skin from sun damage this summer, you may want to consider making BOTOX® part of your normal skin care routine.
So how does BOTOX® prevent wrinkles and reduce the signs of aging? It prevents dynamic wrinkles (those caused by muscle movement) from becoming static wrinkles (those present when the face is at rest). BOTOX® reduces the muscle contractions that would cause lines to form over time by blocking the nerve impulses to those facial muscles.
Some people worry that BOTOX® will leave them expressionless. This is not true! An experienced plastic surgeon can skillfully administer injections so you can still frown or show surprise. BOTOX® is an effective way to renew your appearance without the kind of drastic change that suggests that you’ve “had work done.” In the hands of a skilled injector, BOTOX® is an excellent tool for achieving a youthful, natural look.
While BOTOX® prevents wrinkles, it is most frequently used to relax existing wrinkles. If you already see worrisome lines when you look in the mirror, BOTOX® can smooth these wrinkles and prevent them from deepening. Results can be seen as early as a few days after treatment.
Skin care is most effective when it is used before signs of damage appear, thus BOTOX® can be an important component of an anti-aging program. For best results, it’s important to combine it with professional skin care products, routine exfoliation, and daily sunscreen use with the preventative use of BOTOX®—especially here in Texas, where we are constantly exposed to the sun.
BOTOX® injections are offered in a variety of medical environments, so it’s important to consider the training of the injector. Proper dilution of the product, using good judgment, and experience with its effects are critical. Plastic surgeons have extensive training in facial anatomy and are specialists in addressing aesthetic goals.
Whether you’re hoping to correct existing lines or prevent them from forming in the first place, BOTOX® is an easy, effective solution. I recommend including BOTOX® in your skin care routine to keep your face looking smooth and youthful.