When it comes to modern anti-aging techniques, Botox is arguably the grandfather of them all, and it still reigns supreme for crow’s feet, severe frown lines, and forehead lines.
Here at Bopp Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery, we have a tool for almost every anti-aging job, but when it comes to the fine lines and wrinkles around your forehead and eyes, Botox delivers the best results in the shortest amount of time. In fact, it remains one of our most popular offerings among our patients in Metairie, Louisiana, who light up their faces with their eyes without distracting and angry-looking lines.
If you’d like to explore why Botox is still the leading remedy for forehead lines, crow’s feet, and brow lines, read on.
The well-worn paths
Every time you squint, frown, smile, or raise an eyebrow, there are muscles at work that accentuate your facial expressions. Unfortunately, as you age, these expressions tend to linger long after your point has been made.
To understand what’s happening in your skin, it’s helpful to think of each wrinkle or fine line as a path through the forest. When a path is first formed, it’s barely noticeable as the forest continually fills it in with new growth. The more you use the path, however, the more visible it becomes as the earth hardens, making it difficult for Mother Nature to cover it up. All too soon, the path widens and becomes part of the landscape.
The same process is happening in your skin. By repeatedly contracting the muscles that form the lines around your eyes, forehead, and brow, you create entrenched pathways that your skin’s regenerative powers can no longer keep up with. This becomes more pronounced with each passing year, as your skin loses collagen and elastin, the ingredients in your skin that are responsible for elasticity and tone.
The end results are moderate-to-severe lines that mark the upper half of your face, giving you expressions that you may not intend.
The Botox difference
Botox, which was first approved by the FDA in 2002 to reduce the appearance of moderate-to-severe crow’s feet and frown lines, was also recently approved to treat deep forehead lines. Botox contains a purified botulinum toxin that temporarily ceases the muscle activity that creates the lines. With your muscles taken out of the equation, the surface of your skin relaxes and loses the furrows and folds that had become part of your face’s landscape.
Aside from its effectiveness, Botox retains its popularity because the treatments are quick and easy. In just under 10 minutes, one of our expert physicians can address the lines in your problem areas, leaving you free to get on with your day. Within 5-7 days, the Botox goes to work and reduces the lines around your eyes, brow, and forehead, giving you a more youthful, vibrant appearance.
Another advantage of Botox is that the difference is both subtle and dramatic at the same time. When we erase or reduce the lines from the upper part of your face, you still look like you, just a refreshed and improved version. In other words, many of our patients like the fact that Botox isn’t an obvious anti-aging procedure, but a subtle one that makes them look better without having people figure out the whys or hows of it. Your only response is a bright smile and a wink, leaving them guessing.
Botox typically lasts up to four months, at which time you simply return for a quick visit for another round of injections. This means that in three short visits to our offices each year, you can maintain your great results.
If you’d like to see for yourself why Botox remains one of our most popular anti-aging tools, please give us a call. Or you can request a consultation by filling out the form found on this website.