Understanding How Botox Works: Targeting Wrinkles and Fine Lines

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Botox® has long been a leading non-surgical solution for people looking to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on their faces. At San Diego Skin, we have performed countless Botox® treatments for men and women, and here, we’ll discuss how and why Botox® works to minimize these pesky signs of aging. 

How Botox® Works for Wrinkle Reduction

Many facial wrinkles and fine lines develop when the underlying muscles contract to form different facial expressions, such as frowning, squinting, and smiling. These lines and creases are known as dynamic wrinkles, and they become deeper and more prominent over time.

Botox® can be injected to temporarily stop specific muscles from contracting, so the skin above remains smooth. This makes Botox® a great option for reducing the appearance of existing dynamic wrinkles and for preventing the formation and deepening of many facial creases. 

The Science of Botox®

Botox® is a neuromodulator, thanks to its active ingredient, botulinum toxin type A, which affects nerve signals. When injected into targeted muscles in small, precise doses, Botox® stops the muscles from receiving nerve signals intended to initiate contractions. In other words, Botox® holds treated muscles in a state of relaxation. This means the corresponding folds and lines are released, and the skin can remain smooth and wrinkle-free.

Target Areas for Botox®

Botox® is most commonly used to treat:

  • Frown lines (glabellar lines)
  • Horizontal forehead lines
  • Crow’s feet 
  • Bunny lines 
  • Chin dimples

What Is a Botox® Treatment Like?

Botox® treatments are quick and minimally invasive. After cleansing and sterilizing the treatment area and identifying the optimal injection sites, a small amount of Botox® is injected into the targeted facial muscles using a fine gauge needle. The injection process typically takes just a few minutes. No anesthesia is required, though a topical numbing cream may be applied to minimize discomfort as the injections are administered.

What to Know about Botox® Results

While Botox® results are not instant, most patients begin to notice a reduction in wrinkles within a few days of treatment, with maximum results visible after about two weeks. The smoothing effects of Botox® typically last three to four months, after which the muscle action gradually returns. Routine treatments can be performed to maintain your results. This will also help to prevent existing wrinkles from becoming harsher over time.

Schedule a Consultation

Botox® offers a safe and effective solution for many patients who want to reduce the appearance of dynamic facial wrinkles. To find out if you are a candidate for Botox®, contact San Diego Skin today to schedule a consultation. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark Mofid and his knowledgeable, caring team look forward to helping you achieve a more refreshed and youthful facial appearance.