The very first sign of ageing is usually the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, cheeks, forehead, and lips. Even though wrinkles are a normal feature of a human at some points in life, many people feel wrinkles make them look older or tired. In the quest to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, some people go by way of choosing to have shots of botulinum toxin injection (Botox®). Since the approval of Botox® by the FDA in 2002, it has been a very popular option for reducing facial wrinkles. A Botox® Treatment is primarily used to reduce wrinkles and fine lines that form on the face. Botox® relaxes certain facial muscles, making certain wrinkles less noticeable for a period of time. And at Laffan Dental Care, in Cardiff, we offer this type of treatment.
What Are the Different Types of Wrinkles?
Skin wrinkles are of two different types. They are dynamic wrinkles which are the most common and very fine lines & wrinkles.
Are often formed on the forehead, around the lips, and between the eyebrows. They are caused by the movement of facial muscles when you laugh, smile, or squint. One thing about dynamic wrinkles is that everyone is born with it. It just gets deeper and more visible as we age. Botox® has proved to be an effective option to make dynamic wrinkles less noticeable.
Very fine lines & wrinkles
Unlike dynamic wrinkles, happen when skin collagen begins to thin. When we start to age, the protein beneath the skin called collagen starts to thin. This also happens as a result of sun damage. When the collagen starts thinning, it causes the skin on the face to stretch and sag. therefore creating fine wrinkles.
Although Botox® works well for dynamic wrinkles, it does not erase fine lines and wrinkles. There are some other options to take care of that.
Who Can Use Botox® Treatment For Wrinkles?
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Botox® was approved for forehead wrinkles in people under the age of 65. When used by patients over 65 years, the result may not be as effective as when used by younger individuals.
It is safe for you to use Botox® for the long term. And you can decide to stop it at any time. Without your skin getting worse than it used to be before Botox® treatment. However, when Botox is used for cosmetic purposes, it may not be covered by medical insurance.
How Does Botox® Treatment Work for Wrinkles?
During a Botox® session, your doctor injects a tiny dose of botulinum toxin into your skin using a thin needle. The number of injections a patient needs varies. It depends on some factors, including the size of the area being treated.
Patients usually start experiencing the effect of Botox® injection a few days after having the treatment. The effect may last up to three months and sometimes more. To make sure the benefits of Botox® are maintained, you need to take regular follow-up injection.
Is Botox® Treatment Safe for Long-Term Use?
With the 15 years data on Botox for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines, it is safe for both long-term and short-term use. Only a small dose is used in Botox® treatment for wrinkles compared to the amount being used for other conditions like muscle spasticity.
For these other conditions where larger doses are required, there have not been any significant safety concerns being recorded which is further confirming how safe Botox® for wrinkles treatment could be – even for long-term.
What Are the Side Effects?
Only in rare cases, Botox® injections could produce some side effects like swelling, pain, or bruising at the site of injection, eye dryness, headache, flu-like symptoms, and many more.
Although Botox® is found safe for reducing wrinkles and fine lines on the face, it is important you further ensure your safety by visiting an experienced health care provider for your treatment. These specialists do not only have the expertise to minimize complications but also have what it takes to treat them if they occur. Botox can be dangerous when given incorrectly!
At Laffan Dental Care wrinkle reduction has long been one of the most common aesthetic treatments. Request an appointment now and let us improve your appearance!