When it comes to fighting the signs of aging, most individuals focus a lot of their attention on addressing wrinkles. In order to effectively combat wrinkles, however, one must first understand the different types of wrinkles and how they form. Dynamic wrinkles are the one type of wrinkles that everyone experiences–even babies. These are the wrinkles that form when we use the more than thirty different facial muscles we possess in order to make our facial expressions, such as when we are smiling, laughing, frowning or crying. The wrinkles that appear on our face when we are making a facial expression, and especially a happy one, don’t tend to bother us too much–after all, they are part of the expression and they usually disappear after we are done making that expression. You may notice that some of your dynamic wrinkles are more defined than others–these are the ones that are formed by muscles which move a lot, such as the muscles around the eyes, forehead and mouth. These are the areas where you form deeper dynamic wrinkles, and eventually these wrinkles may never seem to fade and may grow even deeper over time.
As time moves on, dynamic wrinkles can become static wrinkles, which are the ones that are essentially etched into your skin and appear all the time–even when you are not making any facial expressions. These wrinkles are the ones that most bother us, as they are associated with worn, tired and aging skin. Fortunately, botox treatments can help to treat dynamic wrinkles, thereby delaying the formation of static wrinkles and giving skin a younger appearance.
How Botox Addresses Dynamic Wrinkles
Over time, the constant creation of dynamic wrinkles can leave residual static wrinkles and deep lines on your face, which can create the appearance of emotions you are not actually experiencing at best and increase the signs of aging at worst. When botox is injected under the skin, it blocks nerve impulses that are responsible for muscle contraction. This makes the muscles in your face relax, smoothing out the areas that would normally be affected by dynamic wrinkles.
When you receive botox injections, your doctor will use a very small needle to inject very small amounts of botox into your muscles–about four to five injections for each area one wishes to address. The sensation created by these injections is described by many individuals as a small prick that is similar to a bug bite. The entire process normally takes roughly fifteen minutes to complete, after which the individual can usually return to their normal daily activities. The benefits of a single botox treatment can last for up to four or five months, and some individuals see additional benefits when they receive repeat treatments after that time.
Your doctor is well-skilled in injecting botox so that you experience the maximum benefits, but are not impeded in your ability to make normal facial expressions. Depending on the current condition of your skin, your doctor will determine how many injections are needed and where. You should notice the beneficial results of these injections immediately after the treatment, and though you most likely will resume your normal activities immediately upon leaving the office, your doctor will advise you to refrain from excessive physical activities or rubbing and massaging the injection sites. Full treatment results are normally visible after two weeks, when facial muscles have had time to fully relax and leave the skin completely smooth and wrinkle-free.
It is extremely important to recognize that, like any other medical treatment, botox injections must be delivered by a fully trained and experienced doctor in order to have the desired results. For more information about botox treatment of dynamic wrinkles and to find out whether this treatment is appropriate for you, contact Dr. Nurminsky today.