Our skin’s elasticity gives it the amazing ability to respond to a range of facial movements. Whether we smile or frown, the skin bounces back, leaving no trace of the previous facial expression. Over time, however, our skin loses its youthful resilience and those expression lines become engraved in the skin: what once were dynamic wrinkles eventually become static ones. At Miami Dermatology and Laser Institute, our board-certified dermatologists offer BOTOX® to people living in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Kendall and nearby areas. An injection that can temporarily smooth out facial lines, BOTOX® is one the most requested cosmetic treatments in the United States and in the Miami metropolitan area.
How Does BOTOX® Work?
Facial muscles control the movement of the skin; when our muscles contract, our skin stretches. BOTOX® belongs to a class of cosmetic treatments known as relaxants. These FDA-approved products are introduced into the skin with a fine needle. When injected into the skin, BOTOX®’s active agent, a bacteria-derived chemical substance (abobotulinumtoxinA), inhibits muscle movement. AbobotulinumtoxinA temporarily blocks nerve impulses, the signals that tell the muscles to contract. As a consequence, the muscles and skin stay relaxed. A BOTOX® treatment is not permanent, but results can last for four to eight months, depending on the individual and the area being treating.
What BOTOX® Treats
Most commonly used to diminish a furrowed brow (glabellar lines) and horizontal forehead lines, BOTOX® can be used to soften wrinkles around the eyes, reduce smile lines (nasolabial folds), and eliminate nose wrinkles. In some cases, it can be used to address neck wrinkles (platysmal bands).
Excellent for immediately reducing the appearance of pronounced lines, BOTOX® can also help slow the progression of permanent wrinkles. Many individuals incorporate BOTOX® treatments and periodic touch ups into their regular skin regimen and anti-aging strategy.
The Ideal BOTOX® Candidate
BOTOX® is a painless, minimally invasive procedure that can rejuvenate your appearance and make you look more rested. However, the treatment is not for everybody. You may be an ideal candidate for BOTOX® if you:
- Have moderate to severe creases in the forehead, around the eyes, and around the mouth
- Are looking for an effective, non-surgical cosmetic treatment that yields fast results and requires no downtime
- Are healthy with no history of neuromuscular disease (such as multiple sclerosis) and certain skin disorders and allergies
- Have realistic expectations