Unfortunately, as we age, some of the areas on our face that express the most emotion begin to develop dynamic wrinkles. Dynamic wrinkles are seen most prominently in our forehead, around our nose, around our mouth and on the sides of our eyes. As the name implies, dynamic wrinkles are the wrinkles that a person develops when they make some type of dynamic movement. For example, when you smile and you see the wrinkles that develop on the sides of your eyes, these crow’s feet are a great example of dynamic wrinkles.
As you get older and as your face starts to lose facial volume, these dynamic wrinkles become more pronounced. They go from being something that helps you to express emotion to being something that just makes you look older. If they are not addressed, these wrinkles can eventually become a permanent part of your facial features. They can make you look upset and give people around you the wrong impression about your emotional state.
BOTOX® is designed to help address dynamic wrinkles. It does this by temporarily interfering with the signals that your facial muscles receive when you are trying to express emotion. When you use BOTOX®, you are not able to contract these muscles as forcefully as you would without the treatments.
One of the biggest misconceptions that people have about BOTOX® is that it’s going to leave them with a frozen face that is unable to express emotion. This is just not the case. BOTOX® will definitely allow you to make normal facial expressions. It will just minimize the force with which your facial muscles contract as you make these facial expressions.
The best candidates for BOTOX® are individuals who are emotionally healthy and are having the procedure done not as a way of impressing others, but instead as a way of improving their appearance. Good candidates also have realistic expectations regarding the treatment and the results.
During a consultation at the office of Daniel J. Leeman, MD, you can get all the facts about BOTOX® and how it can be used to improve frown lines, crow’s feet, forehead lines and other types of dynamic wrinkles. Our office is located in Austin. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.