As we age, collagen production slows down, our skin becomes less elastic and repeated muscle frowning may create visible lines and wrinkles and depressions within the face. These lines are caused by overactive muscle movement which gradually wear away the collagen in the skin, causing the skin to crease and wrinkles or dimples to appear. These lines are sometimes referred to, depending on location, as crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead furrows, glabella folds, lip lines, mouth drop or chin dimpling.
Botox, Xeomin, Dysport and Azzalure offer a safe, non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that is performed on millions of people worldwide to help alleviate such signs of ageing. These injectable agents are used to temporarily diminish or eliminate lines, winkles and dimples on the face by relaxing underlying muscles. Muscle nerve endings are temporarily blocked thereby relaxing them. By reducing muscle movement, the skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover, causing lines to soften and fade away.
Treatment involves injecting very small doses of Botox via an extremely fine needle into the appropriate area, targeting specific muscle groups. This can cause a brief stinging sensation although discomfort is very mild and no anaesthetic is required. There is generally no recovery period and patients are able to directly go back to normal activities.