The whole goal of having your favorite injectable toxin used on your skin is to smooth out lines and wrinkles so that your overall skin looks flawless. And while this is a relatively easy treatment to perform, finding the right injector to achieve your goals is exactly where you want to start. From there, it’s all about treating the right areas with the right product and keeping up with a routine neurotoxin injection treatment schedule so that your skin stays smooth and looks perfect for as long as possible.
Neurotoxins for Treating Wrinkles
When it comes to the aesthetic benefits of using injectables to treat wrinkles and lines for smoother skin, there’s no better choice than neurotoxins. That’s because they work to slow down communication between the nerves and the muscles for less movement. Once the muscles can’t contract, wrinkles on the skin’s surface begin to soften and smooth out, staying that way for three to four months. But the results, even though they’re great, aren’t permanent, and you’ll need to repeat the treatment every three to four months to keep it up.
Dynamic Wrinkles vs. Static Wrinkles
Wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They fall into two different categories: static wrinkles and dynamic wrinkles.
Static wrinkles result from a mix of natural and lifestyle-related aging factors. Together, these elements cause a reduction in collagen and elastin production, causing the skin to lose firmness and elasticity. Static wrinkles are always visible, even when facial muscles are at rest. They typically appear in areas of the face where the skin is naturally prone to sagging, such as the cheeks and jawline. Common static wrinkles include fine lines, deep creases, and folds in the skin.
Dynamic wrinkles, also called expression lines, form from repeated facial movements like smiling, frowning, squinting, and muscle contractions. Unlike static wrinkles, dynamic wrinkles are visible only when a facial expression is made; the wrinkles are hard to see the rest of the time. The most common areas for dynamic wrinkles are the forehead, around the eyes (crow’s feet), and between the eyebrows. The repeated folding and creasing of the skin during facial expressions lead to the development of these temporary lines, which can become more pronounced as collagen and elastin levels decline with age.
Neurotoxins are the best treatment for treating dynamic wrinkles because they work temporarily to relax the facial muscles and, therefore, the appearance of expression lines, helping to create smoother, more youthful-looking skin.
Popular Treatment Areas
Some areas of the face are ideal for treating with neurotoxins, while others are not. For the most part, any area that experiences wrinkle formation from repeat movements, like smiling, frowning, squinting, or laughing, can safely and effectively be treated with a neurotoxin. Here are the most popular areas to use neurotoxins to soften lines and wrinkles for smoother looking skin.
Neurotoxins are super effective in smoothing the skin in areas where the muscles are overused, like the forehead. The forehead is a perfect example of an area affected by dynamic wrinkles, which are wrinkles caused by repetitive facial expressions that cause etched lines.
Worry lines, which can make you look unconfident, tend to crop up in the area of skin right between your eyebrows, resulting in deep-set wrinkles that look like the number 11. Thankfully, because the muscles that create these wrinkles are relatively small, typically, only a tiny amount of neurotoxin is needed to smooth them out. Plus, injecting the area above the eyebrows can give a lift to smooth out the skin there, too.
With time, small lines near the eyes, known as crow’s feet, start to become more visible. But injecting a neurotoxin into the area near the temples can smooth away lines and wrinkles in the area faster and way more effectively than any topical skincare product or eye cream. Neurotoxin injections in the crow’s feet area target the overactive muscles that cause the skin to crease and fold and appear aged. By reducing the movement of the muscles in the area, the skin smooths out to look better and more youthful.
While you may not think of the nose as a common area to inject with neurotoxins, it is. That’s because tiny lines, known as bunny lines, tend to form on the sides of the nose from frequently scrunching it. Treating the area with regular neurotoxin injections helps smooth out the skin.
The skin on the chin can easily dimple and give way to a bumpy skin texture. Chin dimples are usually more noticeable when making certain expressions. When the neurotoxin is injected and takes effect in the chin, the muscle tissues lock in place and smooth out the “orange-peel” look.
The neck is prone to aging, and once wrinkles and lines become set into the skin from the vertical muscles in the neck, the neck as a whole can become laden with lines and wrinkles. The next best thing to surgery is injecting the neck with neurotoxins, which can help smooth out some lines and texture and make the skin look better.