If you ever smile, odds are you have crow’s feet at the sides of your eyes. Now this may not apply to your Uncle Bert, who was known to only smile once back in 1974. But for the rest of us, the muscle contractions when we make a smile, a frown, or even squint create crow’s feet over time as our skin thins and is more susceptible to developing wrinkles. The same is true for the 11s between your eyebrows and lines on your forehead.
But you can tell your crow’s feet and these other issues to not have a Happy New Year by coming to AesthetiSpa and banishing them with a Botox session. Botox removes these wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face for about four months.
What is Botox?
OK, unless you’ve been living in the jungles of Borneo for the last 15 or so years, you’ve heard of Botox. It has become one of the world’s most famous brand names. Botox achieved this fame when the FDA approved it in 2002 for the treatment of wrinkles and lines on the upper third of the face.
Botox is a neuromodulator. It works by relaxing the muscles it is injected into. These muscles form wrinkles on the skin above them, such as crow’s feet. When injected into a muscle, Botox blocks the nerve message from being sent from the muscle to the brain. These messages initiate a muscle contraction, so when the brain doesn’t receive the message, it never initiates the contraction and the muscle stays relaxed. Without the muscle contraction, the wrinkle on the surface skin doesn’t form, or is dramatically lessened in appearance. This type of wrinkle is known as a dynamic wrinkle.
Does Botox work on smiles lines?
Smile lines, also known as nasolabial folds, run from your nose down to the corners of your mouth. Botox has no effect on them. This is because these lines form from loss of collagen, thinning skin, sun damage, and personal habits. These are called static wrinkles or lines and they show themselves at all times once they form. They don’t only form when a muscle contracts under the skin. Static wrinkles are the domain of dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane. Rather than relax a muscle, fillers simply return volume under the skin and push the wrinkle or depression backward.