Relaxing Agent/Neurotoxin

Some lines and wrinkles are caused by muscle activity. Those annoying frown lines that form between your eyebrows are an example of this type of wrinkle. As you squint repeatedly from the sun, the muscles involved in the squint weaken and stay somewhat contracted in the squint. The skin over those muscles then becomes “stuck” in a wrinkled position.

The remedy is a “relaxing agent” that does exactly what it sounds like. It helps the muscle return to a relaxed position so that the skin relaxes, too, smoothing out the wrinkles. These relaxing agents include Botox®.

These products are also called “neurotoxins,” which might sound scary, but all that label means is that they stop the muscle activity that you don’t want. Botox has been used for years, for example, to treat muscle spasms – even in children – so these injectables are very safe.

Botox® is excellent for smoothing Crow’s feet, bunny lines, forehead wrinkles, and lines around the eyes. Despite what you might have heard, it does not inhibit your facial expressions.

Botox®, of course, is the most well-known of these injectables. Dysport® works in a similar way, but each has its own subtle differences. Our certified plastic surgeon will recommend which product is best for you. In all cases, the results last about 4 to 6 months.