Botox to Smooth out Fine Wrinkles
Botulinum toxin, or Botox, in brief, is a neuromodulator derived from neurotoxins produced by Clostridium botulinum. Initially procured for use for medical conditions from migraine therapy, hyperhydrosis and others,Botox has recently gained wild popularity for cosmetic use when injected with the intended purpose of paralyzing skeletal muscle.
When used appropriately, botulinum toxin injection is an overwhelmingly safe method for improving cosmetic defects that are caused by or exacerbated by muscle contraction. Transient in nature, once injected, the effects of Botox can be fully appreciated within 1-3 days, although some individuals require 7-10, and the effects demonstrated for 3-4 months depending on the individual. Areas of focus for prevention of fine lines and wrinkles associated with wrinkling include, but are not limited to, the following:
Horizontal lines on the forehead
Lateral canthal lines (crow’s feet)
Hypertrophic orbicularis oculi muscle
Rhytides from upper nasalis muscle contraction (bunny lines)
Drooping nasal tip
Nasolabial folds (selected patients)
Vertical perioral rhytides
Melomental folds (marionette lines)
Mental crease (horizontal crease on the chin)
At MetroMD, all of our practitioners familiarize themselves with the facial anatomy of the patient and facial muscle function prior to intervention. Improper injection can result in cosmetically unfavorable results.
Side effects and contraindications to this cosmetic procedure are few when performed correctly. Side effects may include swelling or bruising at the injection site, mild headache, or flu-like symptoms. Undesired impairment of muscle function may also occur, but is usually associated with poor injection technique or inappropriate patient selection.
Please feel free to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled practitioners to see if Botox injection would be effective in preventive accelerated aging today!