Facial expressions represent a major component of our nonverbal communication, conveying emotion by frowning, smiling and squinting. Unfortunately, the unwanted lines and wrinkles that may form as a consequence can become our greatest worry about how we look.
As we age, our skin loses its elasticity and produces less collagen, decreasing its capacity to bind water. Repeated contraction of the facial muscles creases the overlying skin, causing furrows and grooves.
Initially, these are superficial, appearing only during movement of the underlying muscles (dynamic wrinkles). Over time, however, the wrinkles deepen and are present when the underlying muscles are relaxed (static lines or wrinkles at rest).
Muscle relaxing injections may be the right treatment for you to reduce the appearance of these unwanted lines.
These injections reduce movement by relaxing and releasing tension within the muscle beneath the wrinkle. This prevents creasing of the overlying skin, allowing repair of the damage, and also helps break the habit of subconscious overuse.
Common areas of treatment include lines and wrinkles within the upper face (forehead, frown, and around the eyes), bunny lines (sides of the nose), and lip lines. Muscle relaxing injections can also reduce puckering of the chin and reduce lines in the lower face and neck with a Nefertiti lift, or treatment to the platysmal bands.
At The Body Work Clinic, we use Allergan’s BotoxⓇ. BotoxⓇ is FDA approved for the three most common treatment areas in aesthetics (the upper face), was the first neurotoxin approved for aesthetic use, and has more than 500 peer-reviewed articles.