Botox is the Boss of the Dynamic Wrinkle
- Posted on: May 15 2018
You look at your face and you see wrinkles: the crow’s feet around your eyes, the vertical lines around your mouth, the creases under your eyes.
Whether you’re right here in Harrison or in Timbuktu, it’s unlikely that you give much thought to the origins of those wrinkles. A wrinkle’s a wrinkle, right? Not so, and when Dr. Thomas is using the various injectables she offers for her patients to erase said wrinkles, it matters very much what type they are.
Two types of wrinkles
There are actually two types of wrinkles. “Static” wrinkles are on display at all times. They are simply the result of sun damage, your skin becoming less elastic, and the body’s declining production of collagen as we age. Laugh lines, lines under your eyes, and the vertical wrinkles around your mouth are static wrinkles.
Unlike static wrinkles, “dynamic” wrinkles are the result of certain behaviors that utilize certain muscles. When we do things such as frowning or squinting these muscles contract, and the skin above them forms a wrinkle. Crow’s feet, the 11s, and most forehead lines are dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles form mainly on the upper third of the face.
Botox is king of the dynamic wrinkle.
What’s the difference between how Botox and other fillers work?
You would like your wrinkles to disappear, but, short of a genie, what are you supposed to do? That’s where Dr. Thomas comes in. She uses various injectables as a non-invasive way to erase wrinkles for her patients. Just as there are two types of wrinkles, there are basically two types of injectables.
“Dermal fillers” are true to their name. They go about their business by simply filling the wrinkle from beneath, pushing up the skin to smooth the skin’s surface. Some fillers also encourage the production of collagen (the skin’s natural skin support protein) to increase the firmness of the skin over a longer period.
Botox does its magic in a completely different way. It stops the muscles that are responsible for wrinkles forming above them from contracting. Without the contraction the wrinkle either doesn’t form at all or is markedly reduced in its appearance.
How Botox does its thing
Botox is made from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria responsible for botulism, which sounds scary, but it’s not. That’s because decades ago scientists discovered that if you inject very small amounts of the botulinum toxin type A into a muscle it keeps that muscle from contracting for a period of time. It does this by blocking the messages sent by the nerves in the muscle to the brain. If the brain doesn’t receive the message to contract the muscle, the muscle won’t contract. And in the case of muscles that form wrinkles such as crow’s feet, now the wrinkle on the surface above the muscle won’t form.
Where is Botox effective?
Because Botox only works on dynamic wrinkles, Dr. Thomas doesn’t use it everywhere. Botox is very effective in removing crow’s feet, frown lines, and the 11s (the vertical lines between the brows). Basically, you think of using Botox for the upper third of the face. Botox has no effect on static wrinkles.
How long does Botox last?
Botox sessions usually only take around 10 minutes. Botox is injected with a tiny needle. Most people say, due to the small needle employed, Botox injections feel like a light pinch. If desired, treatment areas can be iced beforehand to reduce any discomfort, but that’s not usually necessary.
Botox takes from one to three days to fully paralyze the muscle, and it then keeps your crow’s feet and forehead lines at bay for up to four months. After that time, the body absorbs the now-harmless ingredients and the muscles begin contracting again. To maintain your results, another Botox session with Dr. Thomas will be necessary.
Now that you’re a wrinkle expert, isn’t it time to let Dr. Thomas show your crow’s feet who’s the boss? Call her at (914) 630-0391 to make an appointment.
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