How Does Botox Reduce the Appearance of Wrinkles and Lines?

Published on October 30, 2017

Botox has been one of the most popular options for facial wrinkle reduction since it was first approved by the FDA back in 2002. Botox is primarily used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that form on the face, like crow’s feet around the eyes and frown lines between the eyebrows.

One of the main reasons why Botox is recognized as an effective and option for treating mild aesthetic skin flaws on the face is because it treats the underlying cause of facial wrinkles and does not just cover up the wrinkles and lines.

Fine lines and wrinkles like crow’s feet do not form simply because of skin laxity. One of the primary causes of facial wrinkles is repeatedly contracting facial muscles in the same manner. Take a look in the mirror and squint your eyes. You will notice that fine lines and wrinkles temporarily form around your eyes. This is the result of the contracting muscles around the eyes forcing the skin to move from its natural position on the face and forming creases in the skin.

Now imagine how many times you squint or make certain facial expressions that cause these muscles to contract on a daily basis. After years of repetitive facial movements, these muscles become strained and will tighten up and freeze in contracted positions. This causes those temporary wrinkles to become permanent and, over time, more prominent.

Botox is a product that contains a toxin known as botulinum. Botulinum toxin is capable of preventing the nerves from sending signals to the muscles to contract. This results in the temporary paralysis of the muscles. When injected into the facial muscles around the eyes, the Botox allows the muscles to unfreeze and relax, which allows the skin on top of theses muscles to take on a smoother appearance.

Because this paralysis is temporary, Botox injections will typically last for around three months. However, because the facial muscles and skin were not placed under significant strain during this time period, any fine lines and wrinkles will be less prominent. Additional Botox treatments can be performed for sustained results.

If your face is plagued by the appearance of crow’s feet, frown lines, or other facial wrinkles, contact our office to schedule a consultation for your Botox injections. Fellowship-trained oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Stephen Laquis specializes in Botox injections and will provide you with excellent care.

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