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
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Forehead Frown Lines
Botox and other neuromodulators are designed to minimize or “knock out” muscle activity, depending on where, how, and what dose is placed. Botox is one brand name of neurotoxin. There are others, including Xeomin, Dysport, and Puretox. All of these work, but have slightly different characteristics in terms of how long it takes to get started, and how long it lasts.
By minimizing or limiting the activity of certain muscles, we can improve expression lines (called “dynamic” lines) and wrinkles. Lines and wrinkles that are present at rest, may be a result of dynamic contraction that has not been treated, in other words, maybe you waited too long. These will at least not get worse if Botox or other neuromodulators are used. It is important to understand the process in the forehead. One also has to be careful about over doing it and paralyzing all expression in the forehead. This is a mistake mostly made by those who are poorly trained. I recommend you see a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon to consider Botox or neuromodulator injections to your forehead. It is also important to understand that other procedures, particularly brow lifts, may help tremendously with forehead lines and wrinkles and that your plastic surgeon is equipped to do either one or both as the situation requires.
BOTOX Treats Dynamic Wrinkles
Botox mode of action
I would recommend that you visit with at board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist in your area to discuss your treatment options so they can be tailored to your concerns and goals.
How Does Botox Work for Wrinkles
Many people confuse Botox with fillers. Fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane will actually fill in wrinkles or will reinflate hollow areas to stretch out wrinkles. Botox does not fill in any wrinkles but instead targets the muscle activity which is the underlying cause of many facial wrinkles.
Botox & Wrinkles
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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