Botox gained fame for its ability to erase fine lines and wrinkles, and its repertoire has continued to expand since it received FDA approval more than 20 years ago. In fact, our providers at Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, recommend Botox for many of the most common skin complaints. Here’s how it works.
Botox is a neuromodulator, which means it works to block certain chemical signals from nerves that cause muscles to contract. So, whenever nerve signaling is the issue, Botox may be able to help. For example, Botox injections can help with dynamic wrinkles.
Dynamic wrinkles form due to years of making repeated facial expressions. Over time, the muscles that form these expressions can begin to stay in a contracted state and push up the skin above them into lines and wrinkles.
Botox injections can interrupt the nerve signals that cause these muscles to stay contracted, which can cause the muscles to relax. This, in turn, can allow the skin above to smooth out. Research has also shown that Botox injections can help relieve migraine headaches, excessive sweating, muscle spasms in the neck and eyes, and bladder problems.
Here are four common skin conditions that Botox can usually treat:
Forehead wrinkles are one of the first signs of aging skin. These horizontal lines — which are often called worry lines or frown lines — can make you look older, stressed out, or even perpetually angry.
Botox is a popular treatment for forehead wrinkles, and it’s extremely effective in creating smoother-looking skin. Our team injects small doses of Botox into the muscles of your forehead to temporarily relax them and smooth out your skin. If you’re frustrated with forehead lines, Botox could be a safe solution for a more relaxed appearance.
Crow's feet are horizontal wrinkles that crinkle around the outer corners of your eyes when you squint or smile. These lines are often due to making repetitive facial movements.
For treatment, we make a series of small injections around each eye. This should soften the wrinkles and give you a more refreshed, youthful appearance.
Neck lines or necklace lines are horizontal creases that appear on the front of your neck. They’re often the result of frequent neck movements, and they may make you self-conscious.
The good news is neck lines are often no match for Botox. Treating neck lines with Botox involves several small injections to relax your neck muscles and erase the appearance of those annoying lines. If you’re embarrassed by the look of your neck, Botox can help you achieve a more contoured neck and enhance your overall appearance.
Hyperhidrosis doesn’t have anything to do with lines, wrinkles, or aging skin. It’s a condition that causes excessive sweating. And for those who have this condition, they know that moist, sweaty skin can be a significant source of physical discomfort and embarrassment.
If you have hyperhidrosis, Botox can be a life-changing treatment. We inject Botox directly into key sweat glands under your skin, temporarily blocking the chemicals that stimulate sweat production. Treatment relieves excessive sweating, and it’s particularly effective for areas like your underarms, palms, and soles of your feet.
Botox is a time-tested, versatile solution for many common skin complaints. To learn more about Botox and to see if treatments could help you, call 201-836-9696 or book an appointment online with Advanced Laser and Skin Cancer Center today.