Expressive wrinkles; treatments, myths and more.
We use our facial muscles all the time, sometimes even in our sleep! Repetitive contraction of these muscles eventually starts causing the formation of lines. Yes, lines which if not treated, will keep on getting deeper and visible even at rest.
Whilst ageing gracefully is the name of the game, deep frowning lines do not really add any grace to anyone. Thankfully there are non surgical treatments which contribute to prevent deep lines from forming and temporarily block certain parts of the facial muscles from contracting.
Neurotoxin administration to targeted muscles in the face is now the most widely spread treatment worldwide. It started off as a treatment for Strabismus and Blepharospasm. Researchers realised that the Glabella had also relaxed in the meantime, subsequently leaving the skin smoother. This lead to Medicinal companies to up their research to discover cosmetic uses which are still being used till this day.
Which areas are usually treated?
The upper half of the face may be considered as the most expressive half, therefore, it comes without saying that expression wrinkles are usually more prominent in that portion. The areas treated are:
- The smiling lines; better known as ‘Crow’s feet’
- Frowning lines; better known as ‘The Elevenses’
- Horizontal forehead lines
Doses of Neurotoxin are injected strategically in these areas to stop the muscle from contracting, smooth out the skin and cause an attractive eyebrow lift when requested.
Our expert Doctors are also trained to inject this neurotoxin in the lower part of the face; the corners of the mouth, the upper lip (the moustache area), the masseters and also the platysmal chords. Injection in these areas require a higher level of experience.
For optimal results, the use of dermal fillers may be suggested in order to fill out deeper lines still visible at rest and to create a more harmonious effect.
Will I look worse if I decide to stop doing the treatment?
Of course not! You would have just stopped your skin from creasing for the time period where the treatment was being done.
Will I look fake or frozen?
No, a correctly done treatment will still allow you to express all possible emotions anyway. Remember that expressions are executed by using the whole facial muscles rather than one or two muscles.
If you would like to know more about this treatment, then a consultation with the Doctor will help you answer all your questions. Get in touch with us and let us guide you accordingly.