Over the years, smiling, frowning, and other facial expressions can leave their mark on the face. These imperfections can become deep folds that impact one’s appearance and cause them to look years older than they really are. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by muscle tension, and can be reduced by addressing muscle tension. This is how certain cosmetic injectables such as Botox work in turning back the hands of time.
What is Botox?
Dr. Anthony Waechter of Aura Skin Spa in San Francisco, CA describes Botox as a medication that essentially reduces muscle contractions where it is injected. Botox is a neuromodulator, or neurotoxin, using botulinum toxin type A. When injected into the muscles of the face, it can smooth common dynamic wrinkles including:
- Forehead folds
- Glabellar lines
- Crow’s feet
Botox is best used on the upper third of the face, as this is where most of the muscles associated with facial expressions are located. The medication is used directly into these muscles of the forehead, brows, and cheeks to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of these common imperfections in the early stages of aging.
Is Botox safe?
Botox is a medication that has been around for many years, and though it is often associated with treating the signs of aging, this medication has been used for other purposes as well. Botox injections are used to treat excessive sweating, chronic migraines, and even overactive bladder. This medication has minimal, if any, side effects for most of our patients. Individuals who have Botox injections of the face may notice swelling, bruising, itching, and redness at the injection site, though this will resolve over several days. The results of Botox treatment for the face are often maintenance for several months before continued injections are required.
Request an appointment at Aura Skin Spa
San Francisco, CA area residents who are faced with the unwanted signs of aging due to dynamic wrinkles are encouraged to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Anthony Waechter and his team to discuss their options. The practice is located at 118 Columbus Avenue, and new and current patients can call (415) 788-3800 to schedule a visit.