An annoying part of the aging process is the development of deep forehead lines and wrinkles, crow’s feet around the eyes, and frown lines that can make people look angry. The problem affects both women and men and is caused by various factors including genetics, loss of skin elasticity, sun exposure, smoking, repetitive frowning or squinting, and natural changes to the chemical composition of aging skin. Fortunately, these types of wrinkles are treatable. Botox® injections can provide a younger-looking, more rejuvenated appearance.
Botox® is an injection that temporarily reduces the appearance of moderate to severe forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines. Since its approval by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002, Botox® has been a consistently popular treatment because it produces predictable results. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that Botox® became the most popular non-invasive cosmetic procedure in 2020.
How Does Botox® Work?
Botox® is a neurotoxin that blocks the signals in nerve endings where injected in the forehead and lateral orbital muscles. It works beneath the skin’s surface to temporarily reduce the underlying muscle activity that causes forehead wrinkles, crow’s feet, and frown lines. When the muscles are unable to contract, these facial areas will look visibly smoother and more relaxed. Changes are typically noticeable within 24-48 hours after injection but may take 30 days to reach full effect. Results last up to four months. Follow up injections will be needed to maintain results.