You laugh, you frown, and you concentrate. And over time, those expressions leave their mark upon your face. Wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet), between the eyebrows (frown lines), and forehead wrinkles are caused by contractions of delicate underlying facial muscles. Until today there wasn’t a lot you could do about it.
Today there’s BOTOX® Cosmetic, a simple, nonsurgical procedure that can dramatically reduce even your toughest wrinkles and lift your face within days by preventing these muscles from contracting.
The way to understand how Botox lifts the face is to understand that there is a constant tug of war going on in any section of the face. There are muscles that lift a portion of the face (for example the eyebrow) and opposing muscles that pull it down. If we inject Botox in the muscle that pulls things down, the muscle that lifts wins, resulting in that portion of the face being lifted.
Botox can be injected in the forehead/brow area and the eyebrows are elevated creating a non-surgical brow lift. This also works when injecting Botox into the muscles that pull the corner of the mouth down, causing the marionette lines to flatten as the muscles that lift this area work unopposed. Another place where Botox is used is on the paired vertical bands in the neck that run from the chin to the chest. These bands are the platysma muscle of the neck, and they are apparent because this muscle pulls down when it is tensed. Generally speaking, a 40-50% improvement is obtained with the lifting affects of Botox.
Botox injections are a simple, safe procedure with no down time that can make a dramatic difference in your appearance. Dr. Reed can advise you if Botox is right for you at your consultation.