Look and Feel Younger With Botox

A Younger Face, Not a Mask

Botox can help people appear younger, more relaxed, and more confident. It's a technique that's been around for many years. Botox is so popular that it's become a part of our modern language. Unfortunately, it's often greatly misunderstood. In sitcoms and films, Botox is shown as a drug that turns people's faces into numb, rigid masks.

When used by properly trained practitioners, Botox is a safe and elegant way to take years off of your face. Botox works by interfering with how our nerves talk to our muscles.

There are a number of things that cause our faces to appear older. One of these is habitual movement, which is prevalent in fair-skinned, blue-eyed people. Blue and green eyes allow more light into the eye than brown eyes, resulting in blue- and green-eyed people to learn early on to squint in bright light.

Because the habit starts so early, they often continue to squint even in the subdued light, whenever they speak, smile, or simply think to themselves. The problem is that as the years go on, our skin thins wherever it's repeatedly flexed by the muscle. This line of thin skin caused by habitual movement is a wrinkle.

The other thing that happens with this habitual movement is that the muscles doing the squinting get heavier and more powerful, just like any other muscles that get exercise. Over time, this causes the eyebrows to sit lower over the eyes.

As this happens, the skin just under the eyebrow rolls down over the eyelid, causing it to hood over. On top of the appearance, our brains feel this skin resting on the eyelids and want to lift the brown up to stop it. This causes us to develop the habit of lifting our brow, which in turn causes wrinkles in the forehead.

What starts as a childhood habit of squinting becomes a collection of frown lines, crow's feet, forehead wrinkles, and hooded eyelids. The face starts to look like a map, and that map is a diagram of a lifelong tug-of-war between your facial muscles.

Lappert Plastic Surgery is here to help with professional Botox treatments. Get in touch with us today to get started.

How Can Botox Help?

Botox can really be thought of as a "miracle treatment" when it comes to removing wrinkles. We can use Botox to selectively weaken certain muscles, stopping that tug-of-war. By weakening the muscles that squint the eyebrows down, over time the eyebrows will rise to their younger position, the hooding will improve, and the forehead muscles will calm down.

After some time, the wrinkles soften, the eyes look more rested and open, and the face looks happier and more confident. When applied properly, Botox does not paralyze the face at all. Instead, it takes away the habits of movement while retaining the ability to move. You won't have a mask. You'll have a younger, more confident face.

For most people, Botox visits occur over the course of two or three times per year. Visits usually take about 15 minutes, and you can return to your busy life immediately, without anyone noticing that you've had any procedure done at all!

Botox is safe and effective. Be advised that the person applying it should be very familiar with the anatomy of the face. Check your doctor's credentials and find out who in the office is doing the actual injections.

You should also compare prices. Ask what your doctor charges per unit. Most treatments use between 25 and 50 units of Botox. Prices throughout most parts of the US are between $11 and $13 per unit.

Do your homework, and if you decide to try Botox, be ready to be pleasantly surprised by the results! For more information, contact us at Lappert Plastic Surgery. Remember that individual results of Botox and all surgical procedures will vary.
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