Botox works by relaxing muscle contraction, after which the overlying skin becomes smoother and less wrinkled. The effect of frowns and smile lines are dramatically reduced, as the movement of the muscle is restricted. The treatment lasts four months or more, and will leave you with a look and feel that you will love. While “dynamic” lines can be treated with Botox alone, when the wrinkle lines are visible even when the muscles are at rest, these “static” lines are best treated using a combination of Botox and dermal fillers. Dermal filler is a non-animal, natural substance that exists as a structural element in your skin. It works by pushing up under the wrinkles or scar, thereby restoring a smoother, flatter skin contour. The dermal filler is naturally integrated into the skin and will in time re-absorb. Typical wrinkle improvement is between 50% and 90%, depending on the location and severity. Dermal fillers can be used to soften smile lines, crow’s feet (corner of the eyes), frown lines(between the brows), worry lines (across forehead), marionette lines (corner of mouth), smoker’s lines, deep neck lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and depressed scars. Dermal fillers that Dr. Kang usually recommends are either Juvederm or Radiesse. There is almost no downtime with usually only temporary swelling and rarely bruising or transient redness to the injected site, to a point where most patients are usually able to go back to work on the same day or following day.
A Botox Cosmetic treatment in the hands of a properly trained health care professional, is a simple, non-surgical procedure that smoothes the deep, persistent lines between your brows that developed over time. One ten minute treatment – a few tiny injections – relaxes the muscles that cause those lines to form and keeps them relaxed up to three to five month; four months, being the usual follow up time for repeat injection. Botox Cosmetic has been widely tested and approved by the FDA. The results are dramatic and apparent within days. In clinical trials, nearly 90% of the men and women surveyed rated the improvement in their brow lines as moderate to better. Unlike surgery, Botox Cosmetic is fast, simple, and minimally invasive, with no downtime or recovery. Most people can return directly to work or normal activity following treatment. Within days, they report looking more natural and relaxed.
The lines that appear between your brows actually result from muscle movement and the passage of time. When powerful muscles between the brows contract, they draw the brows together, causing the skin to fold or furrow. As skin becomes less elastic with age, those folds or furrows result in stubborn lines. Because frown lines are “dynamic” lines caused by overactive muscles, they can usually be treated with tiny injections of Botox Cosmetic, which works by blocking the release of chemical that causes these muscles to contract. On the other hand, “static” lines, which are visible even when the muscles are at rest, are best treated with a combination of Botox and an injectable dermal fillers, such as Juverdermn, Restylane, or Radiesse.
Men and women of varying ethnicities have been treated. Because it works only on the underlying muscles, it is not expected to affect skin color.
Botox is not magic. It is medicine, the result of years of careful; research and testing. It will not radically change your appearance or make you look “like you’ve had work done”. It will not make you look twenty years younger. Because it is highly localized and administered intramuscularly, its effects are usually confined to the region of injection, and Botox Cosmetic does not remain in your body indefinitely.
If you are between the ages of 18 and 65 with moderate to severe frown lines between you brows, you may be a candidate for Botox. For more information, visit www.BotoxCosmetic.com, or visit Dr. Kang and his staff for a comprehensive consultation.
Xeomin accomplishes results similar to that of Dysport or Botox. The distinguishing factor of Xeomin is that it is made of just a single ingredient: botulinum toxin A. Due to its single ingredient makeup, Xeomin is known as a “naked injectable” as it does not contain any additives. This characteristic is a benefit of Xeomin because the human body is less likely to become resistant to the injection. Unlike Dysport and Botox, Xeomin takes longer to see results. While Botox takes around 72 hours and Dysport 48 hours, patients receiving Xeomin typically see changes in 3 days. Xeomin can be perceived as perhaps a more “convenient” option to Botox and Dysport as its single ingredient structure helps prevent the formation of antibodies. The effects of Xeomin can last up to 4 months.
Dysport accomplishes results similar to that of Xeomin and Botox. Dysport is known for its ability to help smooth the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines between eyebrows without creating an unnatural frozen look to one’s overall facial musculature. As a result, Dysport is able to create a very natural smoothing and softening effect to one’s face as only the wrinkles are targeted and other muscles continue to freely move. Dysport can help the look of frown lines between the eyebrows for up to 4 months and results can be seen in just 2-3 days.