There’s a proven method for reducing the appearance of smile lines and other dynamic wrinkles, and it doesn’t involve skin resurfacing. A purified protein solution relaxes some of the facial muscles and prevents them from fully contracting. This keeps the skin smoother no matter what facial expressions you make. The most popular brand of this relaxing agent is BOTOX®.
BOTOX® injections are simple to perform, although you don’t want to try it at home. In fact, the fluid mix is available only to licensed professionals. We are experts in skin care, and we can perform this anti-aging treatment in as little as 10 to 20 minutes, right after we consult with you and examine your facial features.
What BOTOX® Does
The purified protein solution prevents nerve signals from reaching the muscle tissues. The muscles remain in a more or less relaxed state, and this prevents the facial skin from pulling and pinching in certain places. The muscles that lie just beneath the facial skin are the ones that produce smiling, frowning, and pouting expressions. After you receive the injections, you’ll still be able to purse your lips, widen your eyes, and smile at your friends, but the dynamic wrinkles, particularly marionette lines and crow’s feet, don’t become pronounced.
The Important Consultation
We cannot agree to perform BOTOX® injections over the phone. We need to examine your face closely and see what happens when you make a series of expressions. This tells us the muscle strength, and it also allows us to see which muscles are causing the skin pinching and creasing.
We inject the fluid directly into the upper-level muscles. Nothing happens for a couple of days; it takes this long for the nerve-deadening effect to become noticeable. Your face won’t go numb or feel frozen; the sensory nerves that reach the skin aren’t affected by the solution.
A Smoother Face
After a few days, you’ll begin to notice the results. Thin lines that otherwise would appear near the corners of your mouth are no longer visible. Horizontal lines above the nose are also less apparent. Tiny crow’s feet near the eyes are smoothed away. You can widen your eyes and crimp your cheek, but the skin remains smooth.
The results of BOTOX® last for months at a time. Repeat treatments are just as simple to perform. Your facial muscles will get used to being in a non-contracted state, so less and less of the fluid is injected during subsequent treatments.
This is so much simpler than facial skin ablation, resurfacing, and peel treatments. Learn more about BOTOX® at the office of Dr. James DeStephens and what it can do for your appearance by visiting us in Gainesville, FL. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!