Getting older is a natural part of life, but the effects of aging can result in the presence of wrinkles, crow’s feet, and smile lines. Cellular changes in the body, sun damage, reduced collagen production, and deep muscle contractions in the face all contribute to the look of deep-set wrinkles and facial lines. At Gainesville Dermatology Aesthetic Center, we provide specialized, noninvasive cosmetic skin care services to meet all of our patients’ unique needs. Contact our dermatology clinic for more information about the cosmetic and skin care procedures we offer or to schedule an appointment with dermatologists in Gainesville, FL.
What Is Botox®?
Botox® (onabotulinumtoxinA) — also called Botox® Cosmetic — is the first and only FDA-approved treatment for temporary improvements in the appearance of wrinkles, facial lines, and crow’s feet. Unlike facial plastic surgery, Botox® injections take only minutes to perform and no downtime is required afterward. Produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, this noninvasive treatment is commonly used by Gainesville dermatologists to remediate the appearance of wrinkles and facial creases, but it can also be used for a variety of medical conditions. These include hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), bladder dysfunction, chronic migraines, eye twitching, lazy eye, cervical dystonia, and muscle contractures.
How Does Botox® Work?
Dynamic wrinkles appear over time as the result of repeated movement of facial muscles, such as smiling, squinting, and laughing. Finer wrinkles form when collagen — a protein located under layers of skin — begins to thin. Dermal fillers, including Botox®, target muscle activity beneath the skin’s surface that causes facial lines. Humans have 43 facial muscles — every time we move them our nerves release acetylcholine (a chemical neurotransmitter) which attaches to receptors in the face and causes muscle contraction. Botox® treatment works by binding to these acetylcholine receptors and blocking the signal from nerves to the muscles. The muscle into which the filler is injected will no longer tighten so forcefully, allowing wrinkles in the face to relax and soften.
Botox Before & After Photos