Getting older has its pluses. You’re way better at crossword puzzles at 60 than you were at 30. Your short game on the golf course is likely better now than it was when you simply wanted to hit driver all the time. And you’re old enough to know better when it comes to various things such as all-you-can-eat buffets and the true nutritional value of a Twinkie.
But on the other side of the ledger, you’d have to put those aches in places you never knew could ache. And you’d have to rue the crow’s feet, the 11s between your brows, and those forehead lines.
At least you can do something about that last trio with Botox. Botox erases crow’s feet, the 11s, and lines on your forehead. Sounds like the perfect thing to do heading into the holiday party season.
What Is Botox?
Everyone, short of those living in the jungles of Borneo, has heard of Botox. It is one of the world’s most famous brand names. Botox is made basically from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that cause botulism. While that sounds kind of scary it’s not. Back in the late 1940s, scientists discovered that when minute amounts of the botulinum toxin were injected into a muscle it kept the muscle from contracting. This proved helpful in addressing problems such as involuntary eyelid spasms, which was actually the first use for Botox approved by the FDA.
Of course, Botox became an icon of the aesthetic industry in 2002, the year the FDA approved the injectable for cosmetic treatment of lines and wrinkles on the upper third of the face. Ever since that approval, Botox has been the world’s most popular procedure, surgical or non-surgical, every year.
How It Works Its Magic
Wrinkles on the upper third of our faces happen after we make various facial expressions hundreds of thousands of times. Over time, as our collagen production drops and our skin thins, these muscle contractions begin to form wrinkles on the surface skin above the muscle. You know these wrinkles as crow’s feet at the outside of the eyes, the 11s between your eyebrows, and forehead lines.
When Botox is injected into a muscle creating a wrinkle, the botulinum toxin blocks the nerve messages sent from the muscle to the brain. So, the brain never gets the message to contract the muscle, and it stays at rest. Without the contraction, the wrinkle on the surface skin doesn’t form. This continues for about four months, when your body absorbs the now-inert Botox and the muscle will begin to contract again. Another Botox session with Dr. Turk will continue your results.
Now is the time to have some Botox before your holiday parties kick into gear. Call us at Naples Cosmetic Surgery, (239) 348-4357, to schedule your session.