Botox and the Upper Third of the Face
- Posted on: Jun 15 2018
As we get older we become more and more wrinkly. If we were in Napa, some of us could be mistaken for a grape! Most of us aren’t fond of our wrinkles, but we don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their origins.
But when it comes down to erasing some of those wrinkles, their origin is very important. At Infinity Health & Wellness, we’re all about helping you look and feel your best. So, here’s a little information on wrinkles and one famous wrinkle eraser.
Static or dynamic?
There are actually two types of wrinkles. “Static” wrinkles are on display at all times. They are simply the result of your skin becoming less elastic and the underlying support proteins decreasing as we age. Laugh lines, lines under your eyes, and the vertical wrinkles around your mouth are static wrinkles.
Unlike static wrinkles, “dynamic” wrinkles are the result of certain behaviors that utilize certain muscles. When we do things such as frowning or squinting these muscles contract, and the skin above them forms a wrinkle. Crow’s feet, the 11s, and most forehead lines are dynamic wrinkles.
Botox is master of the dynamic wrinkle.
What’s the difference between how Botox and other fillers work?
Just as there are two types of wrinkles, there are basically two types of injectables.
“Dermal fillers” simply fill the wrinkle from beneath, pushing up the skin to smooth the skin’s surface. Some fillers also encourage the production of collagen (the skin’s natural support protein) to increase the firmness of the skin over a longer period.
Botox does its magic in a completely different way. It stops the muscles that are responsible for wrinkles forming above them from contracting. Without the contraction the wrinkle either doesn’t form at all or is markedly reduced in its appearance.
How Botox works
Botox is made from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria responsible for botulism, which is deadly. But way back in the 50s scientists discovered that if you inject very small amounts of the botulinum toxin type A into a muscle it keeps that muscle from contracting for a period of time. It does this by blocking the messages sent by the nerves in the muscle to the brain. If the brain doesn’t receive the message to contract the muscle, the muscle won’t contract. And in the case of muscles that form wrinkles such as crow’s feet, now the wrinkle on the surface above the muscle won’t form.
Unlike fillers, which “fill” in the wrinkle, Botox results are not instant. Instead, Botox must go to work blocking the muscle contraction. This takes usually from 2-4 days to fully take hold.
Where is Botox effective?
Because Botox only works on dynamic wrinkles, we don’t use it everywhere. Botox is very effective in removing crow’s feet, frown lines, and the 11s (the vertical lines between the brows). Basically, you think of using Botox for the upper third of the face, the expressive area.
How long does Botox last?
Botox sessions usually only take around 10 minutes. Botox is injected with a tiny needle. Most people say, due to the small needle employed, Botox injections feel like a light pinch. If desired, treatment areas can be iced beforehand to reduce any discomfort, but that’s not usually necessary.
Botox erases wrinkles and lines for up to four months. After that time, the body absorbs the now-harmless ingredients and the muscles begin contracting again. To maintain your results, another Botox session with the Infinity team will be necessary.
Now that you’ve passed Wrinkles 101, do you want to do something about those crow’s feet or your 11s between your brows? Call us at Infinity Health & Wellness, (480) 427-4305, and schedule a Botox session.
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