The cosmetic injection, Botox, which was created by pharmaceutical company Allegran, blocks the connections between nerves and muscle to temporarily paralyze muscles and make wrinkles less prominent. When this happens, the muscle no longer contracts because it cannot receive the brain’s messages. The treatment works to stop micro-muscular movements, which means the treatment won’t stop you from making facial expressions, it only stops the unnecessary and repetitive movements that crease the face with unwanted lines overtime. Ultimately the chance of developing more deep and hard to treat wrinkles will decrease and the smoother your complexion will be. Treatments last on average three to four months, which means it not only smooths out your complexion, but also delays the development of more wrinkles from forming.
The skin around the eyes is the most delicate, and requires special treatment and daily attention. Crow’s feet begin to develop as early as your mid-twenties, depending on how well you treat and protect your skin. Unprotected tanning, smoking, excessive squinting, and poor moisturizing, are all factors that could excel premature aging. Because of Botox’s preventative advantages, there has recently been a spike in use for early age groups, primarily women in their early twenties seeking to avoid developing wrinkles in the first place.
Botox currently has three different competitors: Xeomin, Dysport, and Belotero. Each one has slightly different benefits, however none of them are FDA-approved for the treatment of crow’s feet like Botox.
Botox has also been used for a number of other treatment approaches, aside from cosmetic purposes. The FDA has approved Botox to be used for chronic migraines, excessive sweating known as hyperhidrosis, and blepharospasm known as eyelid spasms. Other uses for Botox has been to reshape boxed face shapes, bulky calf muscles, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) pain, and headaches.