Aging changes your skin, impacting the way you look and feel about yourself each day. Most people notice wrinkles appearing in the most active areas of their face, much like what you’ve probably seen creep into the corners of your eyes, between your eyebrows, and around your mouth. Even if you’re in your mid-twenties or early thirties, you’ll see these tiny wrinkles start to appear, and before you know it, ten years have passed and they’ve become moderate to severe folds in your skin. When our patients begin to see a noticeable change in their skin, they come to Dr. Lensink, a skilled oculofacial plastic surgeon, for a skin assessment, hoping to find the right solution to the inevitable march of time. In the past, surgery was one of the only options available to correct premature aging signs before they developed further. Now, there are a few different options to help you reduce or prevent the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, including one of the most commonly known solutions – Botox.
Dr. Lensink recommends Botox for the treatment of forehead lines and periocular wrinkles (lines around the eyes). Botox (or botulinum toxin) is known as a powerful and effective neurotoxin that counteracts the movements of active facial muscles responsible for the appearance of wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is a specific protein complex made from a bacterial strain known as Clostridium botulinum that has an affinity for specific anchor points located on the nerve endings that dictate muscle contractions. Injections of this neurotoxin into highly active muscle groups in the forehead and around the eyes are proven to allow for a safe but temporary reduction of the contractions you’ll see in the brow line, forehead, and around the eyes.
Botox will allow the muscles that cause wrinkles time to relax, allowing the skin above the muscle to become smooth, and prevent premature wrinkles from progressing. There are a few different benefits of Botox that you may have heard about, including treatment for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating in the armpit area or hands), or injections used to calm the effects of a migraine. These experimental uses are not FDA-approved, and Dr. Lensink only offers Botox injections for the purposes of cosmetic enhancement.
For most people, the eyes will always be the most animated area of the face. Wrinkles that develop in the forehead, between your brows, and around the eyes are known as dynamic – moderate to severe – wrinkles because of the amount of activity in the muscles of the upper third of the face. Deep under your skin in the upper face is a series of muscle complexes that are known to allow the raising and lowering of your eyebrows, furrowing, etc. These muscles work hard to allow you to appear surprised, shocked, and happy, but when wrinkles start to form they also make you look tired and upset – something you want to remedy with anti-aging or anti-wrinkle injections.
The paired frontalis muscles causing horizontal lines and folds to appear in the forehead extend from the hairline down to your eyebrows and just below that, and extending beneath the end of the frontalis are the corrugator supercilii. The next muscle creating lines that are sometimes referred to as your “elevens” is the procerus muscle. Folds and fine lines tend to appear in the upper face based on the proximity of the muscle layer to the skin’s surface. In this area, there isn’t much between the muscle layer and your skin, so the muscles easily create wrinkles with repeated expressions.
During your Botox injection treatment, Dr. Lensink will inject the areas of the forehead and brow at several evenly spaced points to calm the muscle complex here. Muscles surrounding the eye that often reveal crow’s feet or laugh lines can also be treated with Botox injections, so feel free to ask Dr. Lensink about this during your consultation.
The beauty of Botox injections is that they are quick, non-invasive, and are applied through a tiny needle, so it’s a relatively painless procedure. If you’re still concerned about the use of a needle, Dr. Lensink can apply an anesthetizing gel about twenty minutes before the injection to numb the skin. The entire injection session should only take about twenty minutes, and since
Dr. Lensink is very experienced in these procedures, he and our staff will make sure that you are comfortable throughout the process of your Botox injections.