If you’ve been lucky enough to live a relatively long life, chances are you have firsthand experience of how much your skin changes over time. But if all you see are worry lines and crow’s feet, you may be a good candidate for BOTOX® cosmetic treatments. At Wellness Med Art in Forest Hills, New York, the expert team uses BOTOX injections to help give patients naturally smooth skin that makes them look as young as they feel.
Botulinum toxin (Type A), also known as BOTOX or BOTOX cosmetic, is a natural, purified protein that significantly reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The protein is injected in small doses through tiny needles at specific spots in your facial anatomy. It works by blocking the nerve signal that causes facial muscles to contract, resulting in more relaxed muscles and smoother, younger-looking skin.
BOTOX is one of the most effective, non-invasive cosmetic tools to reduce facial wrinkles. You can also utilize it to help balance your facial asymmetry and relax tight neck bands.
As you age, your skin loses its natural elasticity and produces fewer oils, becoming drier, weaker, and less flexible. Exposure to sunlight compounds this natural decline, as ultraviolet light breaks down the deep layers of your skin’s connective tissue.
When this robust and flexible support system sustains too much damage, your skin shows signs of wrinkling and sagging. Smoking also contributes to the aging of your skin, partly because it reduces the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your epidermis. These wrinkles, which are mainly caused by genetics, sun exposure, and chemical exposure, are known as static wrinkles or wrinkles at rest.
Your most demonstrative facial expressions can also cause wrinkles over time. These types of wrinkles, known as dynamic wrinkles or wrinkles in motion, develop in response to a pattern of facial muscle use. The wrinkles you’ll develop as you age depend on how often you smile, frown, or squint.
BOTOX is primarily used to treat dynamic wrinkles, or those that come from repeated facial muscle patterns. They include:
Although BOTOX can noticeably affect static wrinkles that develop from sun exposure and genetics, those wrinkles are generally more responsive to aesthetic laser treatment therapy.
The team at Wellness Med Art can usually perform BOTOX cosmetic treatments on the same day as your initial consultation and evaluation. After you discuss your goals with your provider, they will develop a plan of action and prepare the injections.
Because the procedure is relatively painless, it’s usually performed without anesthesia. Most patients get the results they’re looking for by having a few injections at several specific sites.
Side effects may include minor swelling and slight redness, both of which are usually short-lived. Although individual results vary, the results typically last anywhere from 3 -6 months.