Really want to get rid of lines on the forehead and heard that botox cosmetic is recommended by doctors. why?
Botox Cosmetic- How Does It Work on Wrinkles?
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Botox Acts on Muscle Activity
Botox cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin are all forms of Botulinum Toxin Type A that act to minimize muscle activity in the lower central forehead, the upper forehead, and around the eyes. These products prevent the nerves and muscles from talking for a period of about 3 months. Hyper-dynamic forehead lines are a separate issue from fine lines and wrinkles, which are more age and/or sun related in their origin.
How Botox works.
In spite of some of the advertising hype, Botox and its alternative, Dysport, only do one thing: they give a flaccid, temporary paralysis to the muscles they are injected into. If the lines on your forehead are caused by the flexing action of the muscles, Botox will stop this flexing. How much improvement in the forehead lines you get depends; here is why. If your forehead skin is smooth when you are not raising your eyebrows, but has lines when you do raise your eyebrows, the Botox will paralysis the muscles and your forehead will be smooth. If, however, you have lines in your forehead when you are NOT raising your eyebrows and they are worse when you raise your eyebrows, the lines will get better but not disappear with the Botox. Be sure your doctor checks your eyebrow position before treating you, as a Botoxed brow can cause some people to feel that their brow sits too low.
Video: Botox injections for forehead and frown lines
Watch as Dr. Renato Saltz, spokesperson for the Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety, administers Botox injections to smooth forehead and frown lines on a patient experiencing Botox Cosmetic treatment for the first time.
Narration by Marie Czenko Kuechel, consumer advocate and active participant on RealSelf.com.
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Over time, however, and with repeated injections, the lines and wrinkles will become less severe as the muscles are trained to relax.
Botox smooths out wrinkles by relaxing the muscles
When Botox (Botulinum Toxin Type A) is injected into the muscle, it effectively stops the nerve signals that are sent to the muscles. The muscles are prevented from contracting, and this results in muscle relaxation. The fine lines and wrinkles then smooth out and not have the opportunity to form deeper ridges and creases on the face.
Botox Helps to Relax Pesky Muscles
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How Botox Works on Forehead Wrinkles
BoTox cosmetic - How does it work on wrinkles?
Botox for Wrinkles
In simplified terms, Botox works by stopping the nerve from talking to the muscle in the area where it is injected. When the nerve can no longer talk to the muscle, the muscle will stop contracting and creasing the overlying skin, thus improving the appearance of the wrinkles on the face. Botox / Xeomin / Dysport only work on dynamic wrinkles of the skin such as horizontal forhead lines, crows feet and 11's in the central forehead. They do not improve facial wrinkles caused by other aging facial changes such as skin laxity or ptosis of soft tissues.
Jacque P. LeBeau, MD
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