Botox® is a chemical that is injected into muscles to stop movement, thereby getting rid of wrinkles. In the treatment of wrinkles, there are two basic types of wrinkles: dynamic and static.
Dynamic wrinkles are present only when the muscle is moving. Botox® is used in this situation to prevent the motion of the muscle and thereby preventing the development of the wrinkle. The most common dynamic wrinkles on the face are at the corners of the eyes (Crow’s feet) and across the bridge of the nose (the bunny nose).
Static wrinkles are visible whether the muscle is moving or not. Any dynamic wrinkle could eventually become a static wrinkle. Using Botox® on the muscle responsible for that wrinkle may allow the skin to smooth out over time, but it could also require other procedures such as facelift, browlift, or skin resurfacing with chemical peels. Currently, Botox is approved to treat the glabellar region (between the eyebrows ).
Treatment is highly effective, but may require 2 or 3 treatments to smooth the wrinkle, usually every 3 months.
There are some permanent solutions for wrinkles treated with Botox® involving the surgical removal of the muscle responsible for the wrinkle. This is usually done at the time of another procedure.
There is a common misperception that Botox® injections result in frozen facial expressions or that Botox® takes away a person’s ability to produce facial expressions. For the vast majority of Botox patients this is completely false. The overuse and/or misuse of Botox can produce undesirable results. After your BOTOX® treatments, you will still be able have facial expressions, but because the muscle activity in the brows has been reduced, you will be able to do so without wrinkling and possibly deepening the wrinkles on the brow.