Have you ever wondered how Botox works? When the muscles of the face activate, expression lines appear. As time goes on these lines become more etched in (especially in mature skin where there is already collagen loss). Botox’s ® mechanism of action prevents muscles from activating and therefore prevents lines from forming. Botox can be used in all ages between 20-90 and is equally effective in men and women. When used in the twenties it is considered “prejuvenation” as the normal facial expression lines that would appear with age can be prevented all together! Botox lasts approximately 3-4 months and as the muscles acclimate to its use, they stay relaxed even longer. Botox is safe for use on all skin types except those taking certain medications and those that are pregnant. On occasion a small bruise will develop at the site of injection, so it is helpful to avoid blood thinners like aspirin, motrin and fish oil for a week prior to your visit. Arnika-Forte capsules (available at TPD) are also very helpful to start a day before your Botox appointment to help minimize bruising.
Our team at Torrey Pines Dermatology in La Jolla is here to answer all your questions about how Botox® can minimize the appearance of your dynamic wrinkles. We proudly serve clients in San Diego and surrounding areas. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.