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Injection of Botox for Smoothing Wrinkles

Dynamic wrinkles are caused by contractions of the delicate underlying facial muscles every time you smile, laugh or frown. The more emotion you show, the deeper these wrinkles and lines are likely to be.

While you may have earned every one of your worry lines, you don't have to show them anymore. Now, dynamic lines can be dramatically softened with Botox injections to improve the appearance of worry lines, frown lines, laugh lines, crow's feet, and other dynamic wrinkles.

Botox blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Botox relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the unrelated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected

Botox, a product of Allergan, Inc., has been used in recent years as an injected cosmetic treatment to reduce frown lines, crow's feet, and forehead lines.  With it, peri-oral wrinkles can be softened and at the same time, by relaxing the peri-oral muscle, lips take on a fuller appearance.

Precise unit doses are injected to targeted muscles.  It then works by blocking the transmission of nerve impulses to the specific muscles.  This temporary paralysis decreases muscle activity and reduces lines created by muscle movement such as frowning and squinting.  The effect varies with each patient, often lasting about four months.  If treatments are stopped, lines usually revert to their pre-treatment appearance.

Botox has been used for many years by neurologists ophthalmologists, and otolaryngologists to correct facial asymmetry due to muscular imbalance, for blepharospasm (a condition that causes uncontrollable blinking), for strabismus (weak ocular muscles that cause cross eye), and for spasms of the vocal cords.

Some patients have found that their Botox injections seem to last for longer intervals after they have received several treatments.  This may be due to weakening of the targeted muscles and also to breaking the habit of frowning, squinting and other hyper-dynamic facial movements that over many years cause wrinkles to develop on the surface of the skin.

Unlike surgery, these injections are fast, simple, and minimally invasive with no downtime.  Within a few days after the treatment, wrinkles begin to disappear.