Every time you squint, smile, frown or raise your eyebrows questioningly, you create lines in your skin. While the lines used to disappear along with your facial expression, age makes them linger longer and longer with each passing year. To reduce the moderate-to-severe lines on the upper half of your face, Francisco Garcini, MD, of Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions offers Botox®. If you’re in New Lenox, Illinois, and you’d like to learn more about Botox for anti-aging, call the office or use the online booking tool.
When you’re younger, your skin has ample collagen and elastin, which helps it retain its tone and elasticity so that every time your muscles contract, forming a line, your skin easily bounces back to a smooth surface.
As you age, however, your elastin and collagen production begins to wane, and those same lines become well-worn paths that are more permanent fixtures on your face. This evolution in wrinkles is completely normal and comes with the natural drop in your hormone levels, as well as simple wear and tear.
If your skin has been exposed to the sun over the years, this process is sped up as the sun’s ultraviolet rays break down your skin cells more quickly.
Botox is a neuromodulator that goes straight to the source of your wrinkles: the muscles that contract to form them in the first place. The neuromodulator, which contains a botulinum toxin, temporarily reduces the muscle activity, leaving a smooth surface behind.
Botox was first approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat moderate-to-severe brow lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet. More recently, the FDA added forehead furrows to the list. In other words, Botox is extremely effective against the wrinkles that form on the upper half of your face.
During your initial consultation with Dr. Garcini, he reviews the areas you want to treat, and he comes up with a plan that gets you to your goals. It usually requires more than one injection, but they can all be done in one, easy visit to Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions.
After your appointment with Dr. Garcini, Botox goes to work immediately and you’ll see your results within 24-48 hours. You may experience some slight redness or bruise at the site of the injections, but these usually resolve themselves in a day or two.
Your Botox injections should give you about four months of results, at which time you simply return for another round of injections.
If you’d like to find out more about the anti-aging possibilities with Botox, call Gynecologic Surgery and Menopause Solutions or use the online scheduler to request an appointment.