what is anti wrinkle treatment?

It’s the world’s most beloved poison! It’s a drug that weakens or paralyzes muscles and in small doses, it can reduce skin wrinkles and help treat some muscle conditions. In our 30s, our skin cell turnover and our collagen production begins to slow down, and it is the time when many of us begin to see the signs of aging. Treatments such as this, allow us to reverse the signs of aging and prevent the worsening of fine or deep lines and wrinkles. 

how does the anti wrinkle treatment work?

These treatments target the nervous system, disrupting the nerve signalling processes that stimulate muscle contraction. This is how the drug causes temporary muscle paralysis. In order for muscles to contract, nerves release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine at the junction where the nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the muscle cells to contract or shorten. This drug prevents the release of acetylcholine, which stops muscle cells from contracting. The toxin reduces abnormal muscle contraction, allowing the muscles to become less stiff. The effects of this treatment are temporary, typically lasting around 6 to 12 months.

What are the side effects?

Temporary bruising is the most common side effect of Botox. Headaches, which end within 24 to 48 hours can happen, but this is rare. A small percentage of patients may develop eyelid drooping. This usually ends within three weeks. Drooping usually happens when the Botox moves around, so don’t rub the treated area for 12 hours after injection or lie down for three to four hours. People who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or have a neurological disease should not use Botox. Although risks do exist, a recent study found that when performed by a fully insured and highly skilled technician, less than 1 percent of patients experience an issue.

What areas can be treated?

Common facial areas we are able to treat include:

  • frown lines, also called glabellar lines or “elevens”
  • wrinkles around the eyes, known as crow’s feet
  • horizontal creases in the forehead
  • lines at the corners of the mouth