Ask anyone if they like those crinkly lines around their eyes and the answer is a resounding No! For years, women and men have slathered on anti-aging creams that promised them they would wake up looking rejuvenated without those ugly crow’s feet. The problem is, this is simply untrue. Using the right eye cream will help to protect the delicate skin around the eyes and keep it supple, but those pesky lines come from movement of the muscles. There are two different types of muscles, static and dynamic. Static lines are lines that appear simply from the aging process, whereas dynamic lines appear with movement.
When it first made headlines, everyone was asking, “What is Botox”? It took the world by storm erasing the signs of aging. Over the course of time, it has become one of the most popular noninvasive treatments for a multitude of reasons. It revolutionized the way people thought about aging. Long gone are the days of hiding behind sunglasses. When trying to decide whether Botox injections are a good choice, there are a few myths that need to be put to rest.
Myth: Botox is needed when the lines appear severe.
Fact: When Botox is administered prior to the onset of severe lines, It can help prevent more from forming. If one waits until lines are actually furrowed into the skin, it can be very difficult to smooth out the appearance. Botox is often used for wrinkles and lines that are formed from raising eyebrows, squinting and scowling.
Myth: If Botox injections are discontinued, the wrinkles will appear worse than before.
Fact: This is absolutely untrue. When Botox is discontinued, the wrinkles will not appear worse than previously. The skin will simply look as it did prior to any treatment.
Myth: There is no age requirement to receive Botox injections.
Fact: When Botox is used for aesthetic purposes, most cosmetic surgeons will agree that people under the age of 18 shouldn’t receive Botox. At this age, the skin is smooth, taunt and doesn’t need intervention to ward of lines and wrinkles.
Myth: Botox is only for cosmetic procedures.
Fact: Botox is used in a variety of medical situations including treatment of migraine headaches and excessive sweating.
In the quest to turn back the hands of time, Botox has become a godsend and is here to stay. Keep in mind though, eating healthy, not smoking and avoiding excessive alcohol can also help defy the laws of gravity.