Years of squinting and frowning tend to leave deep wrinkles in the skin. On many people, frown lines produce an angry or sad look that detracts from a pleasant facial appearance. Simple injections of Dysport® or BOTOX® Cosmetic will improve these lines without surgery and without scars.
Tiny amounts of Botox or Dysport are injected into specific facial muscles, causing a local relaxation. The lines and wrinkles gradually smooth out and new creases are prevented from forming. Other facial muscles, like those needed to raise the eyebrows, are not affected so a natural expression is maintained.
At MDSkin Lounge, we are extremely skilled and experienced in using Botox and Dysport to prevent early signs of aging, as well as to treat a variety of immediate concerns, including:
• Vertical lines between the eyebrows and on the bridge of the nose
• Squint lines or crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes
• Horizontal forehead lines
• Platysmal muscle bands (vertical lines) often visible on the neck
• Lower facial muscles such as the masseter muscle (to lessen the squareness and fullness of the lateral jawline), wrinkles around the mouth, and turning down at the corners of the mouth.
Actual patient, 20 units of Botox used around eyes
Actual patient, 30 units of Botox used on forehead
Actual patient, non-surgical eyebrow lift with 20 units of Botox
At what age should you start Botox?
Plastic Surgeons advise patients to consider Botox when facial lines like frown or smile lines begin to stick and do not go away when the face is relaxed. Usually, this happens in your 30s while for some, this may begin in the late 20s. This is when Botox can be used as a preventative measure for wrinkles and fine lines. If you have an expressive face then your mid-20s might be a good age to begin preventative Botox treatment. It relaxes the muscle and subsequently the overlying skin so that wrinkles are not formed. Some other factors that are considered include the amount of muscle movement and the level of damage from the sun. So, unless there is a strong frown, most plastic surgeons will recommend that you begin your Botox treatments in your 30s to counteract the environmental damage. Other than these factors, the appropriate age for Botox also depends on your skin color. Generally, Caucasian women must begin their treatment between 35 to 40 years. Those with darker skin will benefit from Botox treatment at 40 to 45 years or earlier owing to sun damage or lifestyle choices. Having said that, the age may still be irrelevant if you have dynamic wrinkles that stay on your face when relaxed.
Is Botox permanent?
Botox is a temporary treatment that keeps certain facial muscles in a relaxed state. This prevents them from contracting and reduces your wrinkles. When you begin your Botox treatment, before the lines become too deep, you can prevent getting permanent wrinkles. However, your results are not permanent and you must repeat your Botox treatment every 3 to 6 months. For a permanent solution to your forehead wrinkles, you could opt for a brow lift instead. Your surgeon can use this surgery to sculpt the underlying muscles in a manner that eliminates the use of Botox.