BOTOX® Cosmetic is injected into muscles to help limit their movement. Does doing BOTOX® Cosmetic to prevent wrinkles make sense? The answer is yes, and no. Faces are meant to have movement. Blocking movement and, in turn, weakening the muscles that lift the brows for instance, can result in a flat look, making some patients look older.
The key is blocking hyperactive muscles that are prematurely causing lines and wrinkles in the skin. For instance, my daughter had an etched line in her forehead since she was eight years old. The line was deep and covered almost the entire stretch of the forehead, and worst of all for her, it was extremely crooked. Once she was teased at school about it, she could not stop focusing on it, especially as she entered her teen years. A few units of BOTOX® Cosmetic a couple of times a year, and the line is no longer visible.
This concept also holds true for people that squint hard and develop deep grooves between their eyebrows (frown lines) or at the corner of their eyes (crow’s feet), which are visible even at rest. Any line on the upper face that is starting to become etched in the skin is treatable with BOTOX® Cosmetic, and doing so will prevent it from worsening.
Strategic BOTOX® Cosmetic placement will prevent deep wrinkles from forming, but over-BOTOX®ing into areas where no lines are visible is not necessary. Make sure you go to a reputable injector with lots of experience. If they can’t name the muscle they are injecting into, find another provider.
If you have lines and wrinkles that make you look tired, angry, or older than your age, contact our office to schedule an appointment to see if BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you. Call us at 303.683.3235 or fill out our online contact form.