As a facial plastic surgeon specializing in administering Botox® in Atlanta, I talk to a lot of patients who wonder how Botox® reduces wrinkles on the face.
Many patients are interested in Botox® because they want to rejuvenate their facial features or want to relax the appearance of their face. Some patients say people tell them they look like they’re frowning even when they aren’t mad.
I’m happy to share what I know about Botox® with you so you can make an informed decision about using this treatment.
What is Botox® and How Does it Work?
Botox® is a protein made by the clostridium botulinum bacteria. This bacteria is in the soil all around us. Because of this, the first time, a person tries the Botox®, it is an experiment to see how their body responds to it. If they have been exposed to it before, they may have antibodies to it and discover that it has little to no effect.
The cosmetic uses for Botox® are many. Botox® relaxes frown lines in between the eyebrows, down turning corners of the mouth, lip lines, bands in the neck, decollete lines, and crow’s feet around the eyes. Botox® is also used to treat the area in the middle of your forehead, in between your eyebrows and the bunny lines on the side of your nose. A wide jaw due to overactive jaw muscle can be thinned down with Botox®. People who suffer from excessive sweating can benefit from Botox® injections under the arm, feet, or palms of hands.
To achieve these results, doctors first numb the skin with ice or a topical numbing cream. They then inject minute amounts of highly purified Botox® into wrinkles and lines using a very fine needle. Botox® helps reduce wrinkles by resting the muscles. These muscles contract hundreds of times a day and, over time, this causes a break down of the supporting structures (collagen) in the skin, resulting in wrinkles.
Not Any Doctor Can Give Botox® Treatments
Many people worry that Botox® will give their face an unnatural appearance. However, an experienced facial plastic surgeon should know how to prevent this from happening. My personal philosophy is that no one should know that you are using Botox® – what I call the Art of Botox®.
Botox® does not affect the nerves that cause feeling in your face. However, your cosmetic doctor should be careful how they inject Botox® so it doesn’t affect other areas of your face. For example, improperly injecting Botox® in wrinkles around the eyes can result in temporary eyelid or eyebrow droop.
That’s why it’s so important to choose the right facial plastic surgeon to administer Botox®. As a national trainer for Allergan, makers of Botox®, I have considerable experience as both an instructor and practitioner. This allows me to give my patients a higher level of care starting from the first consultation. If you’re thinking about Botox® treatments in Atlanta, contact me at 770.804.9007. I’m happy to answer your questions and discuss whether Botox® is right for you.