Stop Dynamic Wrinkles and look Younger with BOTOX
Wrinkles come with age, but that doesn’t mean they need to give your age away. Dr. Jeffrey Maehara offers BOTOX cosmetic injections to clients at his offices in Honolulu, HI, and Waipahu, HI to help patients fight their wrinkles. Are you interested in looking younger with BOTOX Injections? Contact our office or call us at (808) 955-3937, and our friendly staff will be ready to help you today.
What is BOTOX?
BOTOX is a cosmetic injectable made from the botulinum toxin type A. While this is the same bacteria responsible for botulism, it is not harmful. Decades Ago, scientists discovered that a tiny inject tiny injection of the botulinum toxin type A into a muscle can temporarily stop that muscle from contracting.
Initially, BOTOX was used to stop problems such as involuntary eyelid spasms and excessive sweating for decades. However, in 2002, it became the rock star of the cosmetic world. That was the year the FDA approved the injectable for use in combating facial wrinkles. Now, BOTOX is far and away the most popular aesthetic procedure, surgical or non-surgical, the world over.
How Does BOTOX Work?
BOTOX works by blocking the messages sent by the nerves in the muscle to the brain. If the brain doesn’t receive the message to contract the muscle, the muscle won’t contract. This interference prevents wrinkles such as crow’s feet from forming above muscles.
Do BOTOX Injections Fix All Wrinkles?
There are two main types of wrinkles: Static and Dynamic.
“Static” wrinkles, such as laugh lines or lines under your eyes are on display at all times. They are simply the result of your skin becoming less elastic and the underlying support proteins decreasing as we age.
“Dynamic” wrinkles, including crow’s feet, the 11s, and most forehead lines, are the result of certain behaviors that utilize certain muscles. When we do things such as frowning or squinting these muscles contract, and the skin above them forms a wrinkle. BOTOX is king of the dynamic wrinkle.
BOTOX Vs. Other Cosmetic Injections
When you’re fighting a wrinkle, there are two ways an injectable can work. The first is to prevent the muscles that cause wrinkles from contracting. Without the contraction, the wrinkle either doesn’t form at all or is markedly reduced. This is how BOTOX does its magic.
However, Most “Dermal fillers” fill the wrinkle from beneath, pushing up the skin to smooth the skin’s surface. Some fillers also encourage the production of collagen (the skin’s natural support protein) to increase the firmness of the skin over a longer period.
Unlike fillers, which “fill” in the wrinkle, BOTOX results are not instant. Instead, the injection must go to work blocking the muscle contraction. This usually takes from one to three days to fully take hold.
BOTOX Treatment Areas
Because BOTOX only works on dynamic wrinkles, doctors don’t use it everywhere. It is very effective in removing
The 11s (the vertical lines between the brows)
Think of using Botox for the upper third of the face.
How Long Do The Results Of BOTOX Last?
Sessions usually only take around 10 minutes. Your doctor injects BOTOX with a tiny needle. Most people say, due to the small needle employed, BOTOX injections feel like a light pinch. If desired, treatment areas can be iced beforehand to reduce any discomfort, but that’s not usually necessary.
BOTOX keeps your frown lines and crow’s feet at bay for up to four months. After that time, the body absorbs the now-harmless ingredients, and the muscles begin contracting again. To maintain your results, follow up sessions with the Maehara team at our office in Honolulu, HI or Waipahu, HI should be scheduled.