Botox – Age Management Options
The field of anti-aging has become a vast one in recent years, with many options in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and bringing the skin back to a more youthful appearance. To treat wrinkles effectively, one must first understand the two different types of wrinkles that can exist; static and dynamic. Static wrinkles are always visible, and are the result of a loss of elasticity in the skin. Dynamic wrinkles appear with certain facial expressions that cause the muscles of the face surrounding them to contract. These wrinkles commonly appear on the forehead and around the eyes.
Botox is designed to treat dynamic wrinkles. This physician administered cosmetic treatment is done by injection of a substance that will help to relax the muscles around the wrinkles. The solution used is called purified Botulinum toxin type A, and it works by keeping the muscles relaxed so the wrinkle can gradually diminish. This treatment is not particularly effective against static wrinkles that tend to respond much better to wrinkle fillers than Botox injections.
Botox isn’t right for everyone. People with some chronic illnesses may not be a good candidate for this type of procedure. Common side effects might include a temporary eyelid droop, headache, nausea and respiratory infection. Rare complications can be pain in the face and muscle weakness that usually occurs within the first week after treatment.