Botox has been around for so long now—and has increased so much in popularity over the years—that it’s safe to say that it’s a household name these days. Still, not everyone seems to understand exactly what Botox is or how it works, and I find that many people think it’s pretty much the same thing as a dermal filler like Restylane or Juvederm (it’s not). Here’s the real deal with Botox:

One of the basic types of lines and wrinkles that form as we age is caused by repeated muscle contraction; on the face, every time a muscle contracts, it causes the skin sitting on top of it to fold over—and eventually that causes a wrinkle or line to form. The creases you have on your forehead, on the nasal bridge between your eyes, and at the corners of your eyes are all a result of your facial muscle contractions.

Botox is a purified protein that, when injected directly into the muscle, blocks the signals that your nerves send to that muscle to tell it to contract. Since the muscle can no longer receive those signals, it stays relaxed—and those lines that it was creating disappear. Thus, Botox isn’t used to “fill in” the spaces between your wrinkles, but rather to stop the wrinkles from forming altogether. This is what makes it such an excellent anti-aging tool.

For those interested in a more youthful, supple appearance, Botox is a quick, safe, and effective method of treatment. If you’d like to learn more information about how it works and why, set up a free consultation with my offices!