What is Botox® (Botulinum Toxin)?
The active ingredient in Botox® and related products is called botulinum toxin. The FDA has approved Botox® to treat horizontal forehead lines, creases between the brows (glabellar lines), and crow’s feet. It also works well around the mouth, chin, and neck. At Krauss Dermatology, Botox® injections are administered by board-certified dermatologists. We are an Allergan Top 500 Botox® Provider and pride ourselves on providing the best possible Botox® results.
How Does Botox® Work?
The muscles that create our facial expressions also fold and crease the skin. Over time, the repeated creasing starts to leave permanent lines and wrinkles. When injected, Botox® precisely targets the facial nerves that cause specific muscles to contract. When the muscle relaxes and stops pulling, the skin, lines, and wrinkles can relax and become smooth.
How Does Botox® Prevent Wrinkles?
If Botox® relaxes wrinkles, what can it do for someone who has not developed many yet? Botox® does more than soften existing wrinkles. By interfering with the nerve signals to targeted muscles, the common areas of furrowing between the brows, crows feet, forehead and upper lip, wrinkles don’t form and the areas stay smooth. Wrinkles are prevented.
Preventative Botox® has become increasingly popular among people as young as their late twenties and thirties. But when is too soon to treat? It is best to wait until there is a fine line at rest in any given area before treating. This prevents unnecessary treatment.