Frown lines and wrinkles can be caused due to a range of reasons including but not limited to the natural ageing process, sun damage and even by muscle contractions. Frown lines, forehead lines, lines around your mouth and the three small lines found on the side of your eyes called “crows feet” are all caused by muscle contractions.
One of the the ways to smoothen these worries away are injections of Botox into your muscles to give you a more youthful look. Botox itself is a purified form of protein that is made from a kind of bacteria called Clostridium botulinum.
Acetylcholine is the chemical which is released from nerve endings and causes muscle contractions. When we inject Botox directly into these muscles, Botox blocks this chemical’s reactions, the result of which is muscle paralysis which puts muscles into hibernation for an approximate period lasting between 3-6 months depending on your skin type. The growth of new nerve endings however re-generates the muscular contractions and thus Botox treatment is required again to block the nerves again to maintain the skin’s smoothed effect.
Our patients have reported that after repeated treatments the effects do last longer after each treatment and long lasting use of Botox has a preventive effect on your skin.
A few things that should be kept in mind about Botox treatment is that:
- It takes several days for the muscles to respond to the treatment which can be 3 days to a week.
- Depending on your requirements, several Botox injections might be required at the site to get the right effect. However whilst it’s discomforting and small bruises can occur, the process is painless.
- Botox is very effective at reducing wrinkles and frown lines caused due to muscles contractions but not very useful against sun damage or age related lines due to skin’s own sagging.
Uses of Botox
Wrinkle elimination, eyebrow lifting, frown lines, removal of crow’s feet, worry lines, smile lines, cheeks lines, neck lines, hyperhidrosis for under arms, migraine treatment and the liquid face lift are the most common routine uses of Botox
How Does Botox Work?
Injecting Botox blocks the natural signals which causes contractions from the nerves to the muscles. The process called muscle denervation is blocked so the muscles which were injected will no longer contract. This causes wrinkles and lines to relax and over time soften. This is why most often Botox is used on forehead lines, the lines around the eyes called crow’s feet and frown lines. Wrinkles caused due to gravity (sagging) and any sun damage will not respond to Botox.