Botox (onabotulinumtoxinA) counteracts wrinkles by preventing the temporary contraction of your facial muscles. A formulation of the botulinum toxin type A, it blocks nerve cells from releasing acetylcholine, which triggers the muscles. Your overlying skin thus remains wrinkle-, crease- and line-free and appears smooth. Recently, popularity with Botox for anti-aging treatments has increased.
Botox has been developed over the years as both a cosmetic and medical and non-invasive technique. It used to correct flaws in the face and body, such as glabellar frown lines, crow’s feet and even excessive underarm sweating. Botox for anti-aging treatments works on muscles, instead of tissue, and temporarily relaxes them for an average of three months.
It can also treat twitching eyelids (where muscle spasms cause your eyelids to twitch), uneven symmetry of eyes, eyebrow lifts and even migraines. On the body, Botox can temporarily subdue excessive underarm sweating or injected into the neck to reduce the effect of conditions that cause muscles to tighten up.
According to Dr. Sanusi Umar for eyebrow lifts, you can choose how much you want your eyebrows raised. Shapes of your eyebrow can be altered to achieve more horizontal, arch flared or brow. For this treatment, a dermatologist injects Botox into the depressor muscles to counteract the downward pull of the brow’s medial ends of the brows downward.
However, where Botox comes into its own is in helping to reduce the signs of aging. Thinking of your skin as a piece of paper that gets folded into a crease over and over again. This repetitive creasing is what eventually creates the wrinkles, along with sun damage, poor lifestyle choices and other environmental factors.
FDA APPROVAL OF BOTOX FOR COSMETIC USE
In 1989, the FDA approved Botox to treat eye muscle spasms. Many doctors also noted the improvement of facial wrinkles and fine lines, so the potentional for cosmetic use was sparked. Research began on the Botox’s effect on glabellar frown lines. The first aesthetic effects of Botox was published in 1992.
In 2002, Botox for cosmetic use was approved by the FDA. This followed more research and controlled trials to ensure safety and efficacy.
THE RISE OF BOTOX FOR ANTI-AGING TREATMENTS IN YOUNGER PATIENTS
Botox treatments help stave off skin creasing, which should prevent wrinkles forming at a later stage. If they do, they can always be fixed with a combination of Botox and dermal fillers, such as Juvéderm, Restalyne and Radiesse. For this reason, younger patients are using Botox for anti-aging treatments.
Industry trends reveal that patients in their twenties are now getting Botox treatments to add to an anti-aging regimen and to prevent wrinkles for as long as possible. Starting younger as a preventative measure before the real signs of aging start to appear may help prevent wrinkles for as long as possible.
Candidacy For Botox?
Dr. Umar is often asked by patients if they would be considered good candidates for treatment with Botox. In this video, he addresses this question.
Dr. Sanusi Umar offers consultations and treatment options for numerous skin conditions. He has an array of patient photos and videos that demonstrate his expertise and artistry to give potential patients a better idea of his services. He gives accurate recommendations to patients on what will work best for their goals and skin issues. Often treatment solutions vary immensely based on the severity of the skin condition and patient.