Wrinkles and fine lines are caused by some factors including genetics, sun damage, tobacco products, and age. There are quite a few options for reducing your risk of skin damage, but practically every patient will notice at least some cosmetic issues in their lifetime. For those that are exasperated with ineffective creams and other over-the-counter products, it might be time to look at professional cosmetic treatments including BOTOX® Cosmetic.
When considering just how many variables affect our skin, it is quite impressive how well this soft tissue stands up to the elements. Fine lines and wrinkles will begin to develop when an individual’s body no longer produces as much collagen and elastin. These two substances help to keep skin firm and in the correct place. Once the body is no longer producing these proteins, everything from sunlight to cigarette smoke will damage the outer layers of one’s skin. As time goes on, these cosmetic issues will become more pronounced around one’s eyes and forehead. When this takes place, there are no diets, exercise programs, lifestyle changes, or over-the-counter products that will restore a patient’s appearance as effectively as BOTOX®.
BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic
While the phrases are often used interchangeably, BOTOX® and BOTOX® Cosmetic are different treatments. BOTOX® was originally approved by the FDA in 1989 to treat fine lines and wrinkles just on the outside of a patient’s eyes. “Crow’s feet” are not only the result of less elastin and collagen in a person’s skin, but they can also develop after years of squinting due to one’s eyesight or being out in the sun.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is very similar regarding the active ingredients and how the treatment is carried out, but it is designed for a different area of the body. BOTOX® Cosmetic was first approved by the FDA in 2002 for use on the forehead and eyebrows. Much like crow’s feet, the frown lines that begin to take place on an individual’s forehead can be the result of genetics, their age, and how often they use their facial muscles.
The Ideal Candidate
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an excellent option for any patient that has begun to notice any lines or wrinkles above their eyes and below their hairline. While this non-surgical cosmetic treatment is very effective, patients must first meet with the surgeon to ensure that they have no skin or muscle issues that will affect the results.
Understanding Your Treatment
BOTOX® Cosmetic involves a series of injections that are made directly into the muscle that controls the skin on your forehead. Most patients receive just a handful of injections after the area has been numbed with a topical anesthetic. You should begin to see a reduction in your wrinkles within just a few days as the injections begin to take effect. Depending on the severity of the wrinkles and some other lifestyle factors, most patients will enjoy their youthful new appearance for five months or longer.
If you are ready to minimize lines and wrinkles with BOTOX® Cosmetic, Skin Deep Naples can help. Our medical team will work with you to create a treatment plan that is customized to your needs. Contact Skin Deep Naples today to schedule your consultation.