According to the Mayo Clinic, one of the causes of wrinkles as we age is facial expressions that we make with our facial muscles. Each time we flex a facial muscle to make an expression, such as smiling or frowning, a small groove is formed in the skin. As we age and our skin becomes softer, these grooves become more permanent. This forms wrinkles.
Botox® and Dysport are brands of onabotulinumtoxinA, an injectable medication for treating wrinkles. This medication works by blocking messages between nerve endings and facial muscles, to relax wrinkled skin. It is approved by the FDA for patients who wish to slow down the appearance of aging.
Dermatologists, physicians specializing in diseases of the skin and aging skin, inject Botox® or Dysport into skin in the forehead, frown lines, around the eyes to smooth “crows’ feet,” and around the mouth. This procedure is done with local anesthetic in the doctor’s office, and patients can leave immediately after.
Effects of the medication can be expected about 3 to 7 days after injection, and last about 3 to 4 months or longer. Some patients find benefits lasting longer after their second injection. se.
Since this is a cosmetic procedure, insurance unfortunately does not cover it.