Have you noticed that you are spending more and more time looking in the mirror at your crow’s feet, frown lines, and other facial wrinkles? While aging is a natural part of life, those unsightly lines and wrinkles are not always something you want to see. Thankfully, you can reduce the appearance of your facial wrinkles and restore the youthful beauty of your skin using Botox.

How Botox Fights Wrinkles

There are several factors that contribute to the formation of facial wrinkles and lines. One of the biggest culprits is your facial muscles. Making facial expressions or motions like smiling, frowning, and squinting all cause your facial muscles to contract. When these muscles contract, they force the skin above them to scrunch together which forms wrinkles and lines.

Take a look in the mirror and squint and you will notice wrinkles form around the corners of your eyes. Once you stop squinting and allow your facial muscles to relax, these fine lines should soften and no longer be as visible around the eyes.

Over the years, you will use your facial muscles countless amounts of times every day. Eventually, these facial muscles will become stiff which will cause them to freeze in place even if you are not actively contracting them. This means that those wrinkles and lines will become more and more prominent and harsh over time.

The key way Botox fights facial wrinkles is by targeting the stiff and frozen facial muscles causing them. Botox contains a purified form of a substance called botulinum toxin type A that is able to temporarily paralyze the muscles it is injected into by hindering the nerve’s ability to send signals to the muscles. This allows the stiff muscles to relax which will allow the skin above the muscles to soften.

Botox can be used to treat wrinkles across multiple areas of the face. It is most commonly used to treat crow’s feet that form around the corners of the eyes, frown lines that form between the brows, and forehead wrinkles.

What to Expect

The injection process for Botox is relatively simple and quick. Most treatments only take around 30 minutes or so to complete. The face will be cleansed and the areas of the face where the injections will be made may be marked. The injections are not painful, but a topical numbing agent can be applied prior to the injection process to make the process as comfortable as possible.

There is no downtime following the treatment and most normal activities can be resumed right away. Some minor side effects include mild swelling, bruising, and redness around the treatment areas. These issues will subside over the next few days.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are bothered by the visible wrinkles and lines around your face, Botox may be the perfect treatment option for restoring the smooth and youthful appearance of your skin. To learn more about Botox or to get started on your treatment, contact Chennai Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation with one of our expert cosmetic surgeons.