Botox — the World’s Most Popular King of Dynamic Wrinkles
Botox has been around for decades. It has been used to treat migraine headaches, TMJ symptoms, involuntary eyelid spasms, and an assortment of other conditions.
But Botox really got its groove on in 2002. That was the year the FDA approved Botox for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles and lines. Ever since, it has become a household name. Really, Botox is more famous than many of the famous faces in Hollywood who use it to keep some of the signs of aging at bay.
Why is Botox such a star of the aesthetic universe? Because it works, pure and simple. Botox is the master of what are called dynamic wrinkles, wrinkles that are formed by muscle contractions. Dynamic wrinkles are things like crow’s feet, frown lines, stuff like that. But Botox is not the king, it’s not even royalty, when it comes to static wrinkles. These are wrinkles that are there all the time and are caused by sun exposure, dry climates, and general aging of the skin. Botox has no effect on static wrinkles. Static wrinkles can be addressed with dermal fillers.
So, how does Botox work on dynamic wrinkles?
Dermal fillers “fill” in the wrinkle from beneath. Botox works in an entirely different manner. Botox is called a neurotoxin. It is actually made from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that cause botulism. Decades ago scientists discovered that the botulinum toxin, when used in very small amounts, can actually temporarily paralyze a muscle. It does this by blocking the signals from the nerve to the brain. Without those messages, the brain doesn’t tell the muscle to contract.
When you perform a repeated behavior such as squinting, muscles contract, particularly those around the eyes. Over time as your skin ages and loses some of its elastin to keep it more supple, these contractions cause wrinkles to show on the skin surface when those muscles contract. Botox blocks those muscles from contracting, so the wrinkles either disappear or are dramatically reduced.
When opting to have Botox injections, however, it is important to choose a doctor thoroughly versed in facial anatomy, such as Dr. Moskovitz, because Botox injected into the wrong muscle or injecting too much Botox can create problems such as a droopy eyelid.
Botox results generally last around four months. At that point, the muscles will start contracting again and the wrinkles will return. That’s when it is time to schedule another Botox session with Dr. Moskovitz to maintain your results. Give us a call at 201-225-1101 to schedule your appointment.