Part of facial aging has to do with the formation of wrinkles and lines on the face primarily in the forehead and around the eyes. These wrinkles form due to the motion of facial muscles that have attachments to facial skin and thus create folding or wrinkling of skin with time.
To prevent these wrinkles from forming permanently, Botulinum toxin type A, popularly known as Botox (Botox Cosmetic®), is used to temporarily weaken the facial muscles. When properly applied, one can be free of wrinkling of the forehead or around the eyes while still having normal motion in the face and avoiding the undesired “botox look.” There are also other products that are gaining popularity such as Dysport® and Xeomin® that work in a similar manner but require different concentrations.
Wrinkles can be unsightly, especially if they are very prominent and located in easily noticeable areas of the face. Here are the common reasons why they develop:
Wrinkles are normal and expected to form as you age. Your dermis, which is composed of collagen and elastin responsible for elasticity and support, becomes thinner the older you get. Apart from being less elastic, the skin also becomes less effective in retaining moisture and secreting oil. These factors contribute to wrinkle formation.
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