As we age, our skin does too. Wrinkles, crows feet, marionette lines and furrowed brows are common as we get older.
Today there are many skin treatments available that can improve our complexion – and along with it, our confidence and how we feel about ourselves.
Wrinkle (or muscle) relaxants can be used to reduce wrinkles caused by muscles. They can clinically treat excessive teeth grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching, where overactive face muscles can contribute to tooth wear. Muscle relaxants can also be used to reduce the appearance of a gummy smile caused by overactive facial muscles.
Wrinkle relaxants (like botulinum toxin) work by blocking neurotransmitters in the target muscles, reducing the strength of muscle contractions. By injecting small amounts of the chemical into affected areas, muscle contraction is relaxed and the overlying skin smooths out. This treatment is useful for aesthetic applications, like wrinkles caused by muscles, (e.g. crows feet around the eyes, forehead lines) where the contraction of the underlying muscle has caused a crinkling of the overlying skin.
Over time, the skin starts to lose its elasticity and volume partially due to a reduction in naturally occurring hyaluronic acid as we age, resulting in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Fillers are another treatment that can be used to restore volume and smoothness to the skin, by replacing naturally depleted hyaluronic acid just beneath the surface. When injected into the skin’s layers, hyaluronic acid gives a fuller, more youthful appearance in targeted areas. It can also be used to correct defects like thin, or asymmetrical lips.