When your facial muscles contract, you see creases in your skin… aka dynamic wrinkles. And in the first 2 decades of life, when you stop contracting the muscle, the wrinkles disappear and the skin is smooth again. However, as you age your wrinkles may become more pronounced and these dynamic wrinkles turn into static wrinkles. Now you see creases in your skin when at rest. You can prevent this with neuromodulators.
Products like Botox, Xeomin, and Dysport are known as neuromodulators and contain compounds that inhibit muscle contraction. By reducing the intensity of the muscle contraction, the wrinkles soften and disappear. By adjusting the dose, we can individualize the treatment so you look natural and not ‘frozen’.
The most common places for these treatments are:
- Glabella – The creases between your eyebrows are often referred to as frown lines and may make a person appear angry or frustrated.
- Forehead – The horizontal lines in your forehead, most noticeable when you lift your eyebrows.
- Eyes – Neuromodulators can soften “crow’s feet,” the fine lines around your eyes, and can open your eyes to make them look larger – we also call this an “an eyebrow lift”.
- Mouth – The vertical lines and wrinkling around your mouth due to muscle activity from puckering.
- Platysmal cords or bands in the neck area – Vertical bands along the front of the neck become tight and protrude, giving an aged appearance.