WHAT CAUSES WRINKLES?
It all begins with nerve impulses directing muscle contractions along the face. These muscle contractions cause the overlying skin to scrunch together. With time and repeated contractions, the skin begins to thin at certain points, and wrinkles, lines, and facial folds appear.
Wrinkles are the lines and creases that form in your skin. Some wrinkles can become deep crevices or furrows and may be especially noticeable. They tend to become prominent in areas of the face that show expression, such as the mouth, nose, eyes, and forehead.
With age, after years and years of such expression, the skin will begin to keep those creases and lines. Also, as we age, the face tends to lose fat, which gives our face its necessary volume and fills the creases. Facial volume loss can be corrected through the use of dermal fillers.
HOW DOES BOTOX® WORK?
Botox® is a neuromodulator solution which is injected into the skin to fill the spaces created by wrinkles and facial volume loss. Think of the skin as a piece of paper. By folding the paper along the same crease over and over, you are deepening and reinforcing that fold and weakening the paper.
Now imagine if, all of a sudden, you can’t fold the piece of paper. Instead, you flatten it out and place it between two large books. With time, the fold fades. That is the same mechanism by which Botox is able to prevent or decrease the wrinkles of the face. The big distinction in the analogy, however, is that skin is a living organ that is able to regenerate. So, with time and good skin care, wrinkles will virtually disappear.
WHAT DOES BOTOX® IMPROVE?
- Expression lines
- Lines between and around the eyes
- Lines on the forehead
- Crow’s feet and under-eye depressions
- Lines along the neck
- Smile lines around the outside of the mouth
- Wrinkles and lines around the nose (sometimes known as “Bunny Lines”)
IS BOTOX® PAINFUL?
Botox® is noninvasive and is simply administered in a small shot. The discomfort is minimal and fairly brief. If you’d like, we can numb the area with a small amount of anesthetic, but that’s generally unnecessary.
Results can be seen almost instantly and can be expected to reach their peak after about 24 hours. Botox® needs to be repeated every 6-12 months in order for patients to maintain results. However, after repeated sessions, patients may experience more permanent results.
Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about Botox® prices in NYC and how it can reduce those unwanted wrinkles and expression lines.
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