As far back as I can remember, my mom warned me that if I kept making that silly face, it will freeze that way. Little did I know that she was RIGHT! Our muscles have “muscle memory” that imprint repetitive motions to our subconscious brain and can be readily recalled, even years later. You may have experienced this phenomenon with activities such as riding a bike or busting out moves to the Harlem Shuffle. Muscle memory is helpful when we need to recall a previously learned task quickly but can be detrimental in our efforts to combat the signs of aging, particularly our war against wrinkles.
Types of Wrinkles
Everybody, even babies, have wrinkles when they smile, laugh or frown. These wrinkles are referred to as dynamic wrinkles. They assist us in nonverbal communication and are essential to human interaction. The problem occurs when these wrinkles exist when you are expressionless or at rest. These imprinted wrinkles are called static wrinkles and contribute to our perceptions of aging. Static wrinkles can start to develop as early as your mid to late 20’s due to natural changes in your skin and external factors such as skin exposure, skin care regimes and smoking. Facial static wrinkles are most common in the areas of our face we move most often: crow’s feet from smiling, forehead creases from raising our eyebrows and frown lines between our eyebrows from squinting or frowning.
How do I battle wrinkles?
While no skin care regime or medical treatment is 100% effective in preventing wrinkles, the key to inhibiting their development or softening existing wrinkles is to inhibit the muscle movement beneath the skin that creates them. The most common treatment is a small dose of a Botulinum Toxin Type A injected precisely into the specific muscle or muscles causing the wrinkle. At Believe Aesthetics, we use Botox or Dysport to combat wrinkles depending upon client preference, muscle strength and prior client response. For deep or persistent static wrinkles, you may need a combination of treatments such as dermal fillers to “fill” the wrinkle or Microneedling to induce collagen production. You may also benefit from noninvasive skin rejuvenation treatments to restore valuable proteins to the skin, promoting healing from within.
How do I get Botox or Dysport?
The first step is to approach a medical professional for a consultation. At Believe Aesthetics, our well-trained staff and medical professionals can walk you through the procedure.
You will need to supply your medical history, discuss any special medical conditions (such as facial muscle weakness, seizure disorder or bleeding problems), and details about any other cosmetic treatments you have received in the past. Based on your age and medical history, our professionals can give you an estimate for the amount of medicine you need, and how much the procedure is likely to cost. They can also give you information about how to care for your skin and face before and after the procedure.
Recommendations and expert guidance can reduce the risk of failure and significantly improve your results from this treatment. Like most people, you can easily combat wrinkles with our professional Botox or Dysport treatments.
Botox and Dysport procedures are a noninvasive, nonsurgical, highly effective and affordable treatment option for your personal war on wrinkles. At Believe Aesthetics, we tailor each treatment plan to target your specific anti-aging objectives and desired results. To learn more about wrinkle prevention and restorative treatments, contact us today.