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The Best Wrinkles Are the Ones You Never Get!

Updated: Jun 27, 2023

Have you ever wondered how to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face as a means to reverse the signs of aging?

If the answer is YES! then I have the facial remedy – WRINKLE RELAXERS

Botox & Nuceiva are FDA approved drugs made from a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium clostridium botulinum called botulinum toxin. When injected into the body (muscle), they have the ability to block nerve transmission in the injected muscle, thus effectively causing paralysis which inhibits the formation of new lines and wrinkles within the treated area.

So, you may be wondering what are some of the most popular or sought-after treatments in which people seek wrinkle relaxers as a means to restore a more youthful appearance? Some of these procedures include:

· Forehead Lines

· Frown Lines

· Crows Feet

· Brow Lift

· Lip Flip

· Gummy Smile

· Masseter Reduction

As a means to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the FOREHEAD, neurotoxins are injected horizontally across into the forehead. Constant elevation of the brows unfortunately, results in the formation of dynamic lines and wrinkles across the forehead progressively over time. As a means to reverse this, 6-30 units of neurotoxin are generally distributed throughout the forehead to minimize this appearance making the forehead less dynamic and expressive.  

Now, a general rule of thumb is that when you treat the forehead, you also treat simultaneously the GLABELLA region. This is the area of the face notorious for producing those frown lines which are located in between the eyebrows. As a means to reverse and minimize this effect, 10-20 units of neurotoxin are generally recommended.

Similarly, CROWS FEET which are wrinkles that are etched bilaterally in the outer corner of the eyes, are caused by constant repetition of the eyelids opening and closing. Treating this area with 5-15 units of neurotoxin bilaterally will essentially reduce this appearance, as well as simultaneously open up and widened the area as the product begins to take set in and take effect. Additionally, this will also aid in facilitating a chemical BROW LIFT which aesthetically is so often sought out by many patients.

Another popular, or sought-after treatment is the LIP FLIP, which is a quick non-surgical procedure when neurotoxin is strategically injected into the muscle that frames the entire mouth. When contracted, this muscle pulls or draws the lips inwards creating a puckered effect. With a lip flip, the goal is to relax the muscle conservatively, which in doing so, will aid in creating a subtle improvement of the lips by rolling the upper lip outwards and upwards, creating a more pronounced pout. Suggested dosing is anywhere from 2-4 units.

Now conversely, when the upper lip is pulled too far upwards when a person smiles or laughs, leading to an over exposure of teeth and gums, this presentation is known as the GUMMY SMILE. This is the classic result of hyperactivity of various muscle groups which play a key role in the elevation of the upper lip. Through the use of wrinkle relaxers, the treatment goal is to reduce the hyperactivity of these muscle groups by relaxing them as a means to minimize the appearance of a gummy smile. Suggested dosing to treat this area ranges anywhere from 2-4 units distributed bilaterally.

Have you ever suffered from grinding your teeth at night? Have you ever wondered what causes this mechanism of action? Bruxism, better known as teeth grinding is physically caused by repetitive, unconscious contraction of the masseter muscle which is located at the angle of the jawline. When product is injected into the MASSETER muscle, it facilitates relaxation minimizing the grinding effect, which in turn aids in softening the lower region of the face as its reduces volume in that area. Recommended dosing is generally 30-40 units bilaterally.

Now, as the administration of neurotoxins is irreversible, its best to treat any areas of concern conservatively - and touch up as needed or progressively as a means to prevent over treatment of the area.

Generally, with most wrinkle relaxers you will begin to see it take effect within 4-5 days following treatment, however, optimal results are typically seen at the 2-week mark. For masseter treatment, allow for up to 6-weeks before you begin to see a noticeable reduction in size and in teeth grinding.

Furthermore, clinical guidelines suggest that the longevity of botulinum toxins can last up to 3-4 months at which you would be due for subsequent treatment. For masseters, product can last from 6 months to a year before subsequent treatment is needed or required. As these parameters are solely treatment guidelines, how quickly one metabolizes the neurotoxin is patient specific. Therefore, dosing and longevity of the product is contingent upon how one presents and their lifestyle which are both key determinants in the patient experience.

At Skin Worthy, we value educating our patients on their treatments, to learn more about wrinkle relaxers and their various uses/treatment areas we encourage you to come in for a complimentary consultation. We will discuss your goals, assess your skin and decide the best plan of action for your specific needs.

call Skin Worthy 647-350-7546 to book your consultation today!


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