Everyone’s skin ages. But some people hide it better than others. If you want to hide some of that aging, maybe you need a little Botox before the holiday party season.
Dr. Kronberg offers Botox for the treatment of wrinkles that form from muscle contractions beneath the skin. She has extensive experience with both facial muscle anatomy and the use of Botox to ensure you’ll be thrilled with your results.
What is Botox?
Botox is one of the most famous brand names in the world. Since its approval by the FDA in 2002 for the treatment of wrinkles on the upper third of the face, Botox has been the most popular cosmetic procedure performed every year…worldwide!
Botox consists mainly of the botulinum toxin type A. This is the same bacterium that causes botulism. In the 40s, however, scientists discovered that this same toxin, when injected in miniscule amounts into a muscle, caused that muscle to become temporarily paralyzed. This proved to be effective for treating conditions such as involuntary eyelid spasms, where muscle contractions needed to be controlled.
“So, how does this fix wrinkles?” you ask. Certain wrinkles form due to muscle contractions beneath the skin. These are called dynamic wrinkles, and they form when we make repeated actions such as squinting, frowning, smiling, and the like. You could link most of these behaviors with the expressive part of the face, the upper third. When the muscle contracts for a squint, for example, a wrinkle forms above the contraction. Over time, the skin gets used to creating a wrinkle, and it wrinkles more and more. This also happens more as our skin becomes less elastic with age.
Botox is injected into that muscle, and it stops the nerve messages in the muscle from getting to the brain and vice versa. So, the brain doesn’t get the message to tell the muscle to contract, and it doesn’t contract. Without the contraction, the wrinkle above doesn’t form or is far less noticeable.
Where can Botox be used?
Botox was initially approved by the FDA for treatment wrinkles on the upper third of the face — crow’s feet, the 11s, and the like. But we find other people respond in other areas that are sometimes associated with dermal fillers, areas such as lines around the mouth, along with neck lines and neck wrinkling. If Botox works for you on these areas is variable.
Looking for a little boost for the holiday party? Call Dr. Kronberg at 713-771-8941 and ask about Botox.