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Hello BOTOX - Goodbye Wrinkles!
One of the most popular ways to get rid of wrinkles, Botox injections work wonders on forehead creases, frown lines between the eyes, and crow's-feet. This is a simple, in-office treatment used to treat facial wrinkles.
"It works by weakening the muscles of facial expression," says Dr. Russell Kridel. "Once the resting tone of these muscles is weakened, the pull of the muscles relaxes and the skin flattens out."
BOTOX® is an exciting approach that is different from traditional ways of treating the aging face. Collagen and fat injections work by filling in a wrinkle. Plus, botox is more effective at removing wrinkles in the upper third of the face. You have to be very careful in using BOTOX® injections for wrinkles in the middle and lower part of the face because that may distort your smile and other facial expressions.
As far as time limitations, it typically takes up to seven days to take effect and lasts three to six months . In men, it may take a larger dose to achieve the effect the patient wants. You can have repeat injections as soon as you see signs that your frown lines or wrinkles are returning.
New to the picture is the use of these injections to shape eyebrows. In such cases, the injections are carefully mapped out to create a pleasing brow.
BOTOX® has a short shelf life (a few days), which means it must be reconstituted shortly before use. Whereas most doctors treat five patients with one bottle, Dr. Kridel treats only four patients per bottle; this means you get more and generally better results . It usually takes two to three injections per year to maintain the improved appearance.
The best patient for BOTOX® is 30 to 60 years old, with skin that has not been extremely sun-damaged.