As we age, the collagen fibres that support the skin’s structure break down and our skin begins to lose elasticity. Lines begin to develop around the mouth, between the eyebrows, around the eyes and on the forehead. These lines form because the muscle contractions that occur beneath the skin whenever we smile, frown or squint. In order to counteract these wrinkles a small amount of Botox® is injected into the muscle that causes the wrinkle. The Botox® works by inhibiting or blocking the nerve endings of the wrinkle causing muscle. The result is the muscles relax, the wrinkles in the overlying skin are smoothed giving the person a younger refreshed appearance. Understanding the anatomy and what muscles are causing the wrinkles allows the operator to place small amounts in the exact locations needed. This minimizes the amount of Botox® used and leaves other elements of facial expression active so there is minimal to no loss of sensory feeling.
The effects can start in 24-72 hours. It takes up to 2 weeks for the full effects to be noticed. The effects can last 3-4 months when a maintenance visit is then required. Over time the muscles are trained to relax so the wrinkles become less and less observable.