Every person, regardless of gender, will inevitably experience a situation similar to this: You’re looking at your face in the mirror and you suddenly catch a glimpse of your face in a crystal-clear lighting condition. You look at yourself closer and see faint “11s” between your eyebrows, lines on your forehead, or the beginnings of crow’s feet.
There’s a chance that you’ll shrug it off, but there’s also a chance that you’ll be extremely bothered by those lines. Luckily for you, you have options, and Botox is at the top of that list. Done perfectly, the results will really look natural and beautiful. Here at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL, (yes, we tackle anti-aging too!) Dr. Michelle Radeka uses Botox injections to smoothen wrinkles and fine lines to give patients a more youthful appearance.
How Does Botox Work Exactly?
Botox is actually a brand name used for the botulinum toxin that is produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacterium. This bacterium is found in water, plants, animal intestines, and soil. The toxin is highly capable of blocking the acetylcholine neurotransmitter, resulting in muscle paralysis that can last for a couple of months.
That being said, when utilized for minimizing the look of wrinkles and lines, Botox is administered in small controlled doses. It’s also used for treating certain health conditions. This muscle paralyzing effect is what makes a shot of Botox very effective in smoothening wrinkling and crinkling that naturally occurs with aging and when people make particular facial expressions, such as smiling, frowning, etc. Additionally, some studies have shown that Botox injections could help prevent further creasing.
When Should I Get Botox?
While the “right” time will vary from one person to another, most experts recommend Botox once you see the lines form, which could be around the late 20s to early 30s. Once you hit your 30s, your collagen production and skin cell turnover start to decline so it’s around this time that many people notice the first signs of aging on their faces. That said, some may opt to get Botox injections before this time and that’s totally fine.
The most crucial part of getting Botox is having clear goals, realistic expectations, and working with an experienced doctor, like our doctor here in Des Plaines, IL. Once you’ve shared your goals with your doctor, she will outline all the other options suited to your case, including other treatments that will complement Botox and help maintain its effects for as long as possible.
For More Details About Botox, or Other Anti-Aging Treatments, We Can Help
Reach out to us here at Suburban Family Dental in Des Plaines, IL, by dialing (847) 640-0778 to arrange your appointment with Dr. Michelle Radeka.