One of the concerns of the aging population is the appearance of wrinkles that just make an individual look older than his or her age. Wrinkles usually appear on areas of the skin that usually form lines during facial expressions. As years go by, the frequent occurrence of fine lines puts stress on the collagen under the skin that causes formation of wrinkles over time. Sun exposure may also be a cause of wrinkles because of the damaging effects of heat and ultraviolet radiation.

The most common areas of wrinkles are in the forehead and around the eyes. Although wrinkles are imminent signs of aging, there are some ways by which you can prevent them or reduce their appearances. One of these ways is the injection of dermal filers.

Dermal filers are special substances that are injected under the skin to improve elasticity and resiliency of the skin. Among the dermal filers available, Botox is one of the most popular and most effective means of reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Although it is not actually a dermal filler since it does not act by increasing the consistency under the skin, Botox is injected to stimulate the tissues under the skin and immobilize the area to maintain a wrinkle-free skin.

Botox is an injection form of the botulinum toxin that actually causes food poisoning. However, when injected under the skin, it tends to impair the nerve functioning temporarily on the site of injection. This effect is beneficial to prevent any muscle or skin movement that causes wrinkles.

Who Can Have Botox Treatments?

Any person aged 25 and above can actually receive Botox treatments. Among all people, those with dynamic wrinkles can benefit more from Botox injections because dynamic wrinkles are usually caused by excessive movement of the skin in the forehead or other parts of the face that lead to wrinkles.

What Happens during the Botox Injection Procedure?

The procedure usually involves the injection of small amounts of botulinum toxin in the muscle area of the face that is affected by wrinkles. People should never worry about the toxin because it does not produce similar effects like food poisoning when injected in small amounts in the face.

The needles used are very small and thin to avoid significant pain during the treatment.  Dermatologists usually place ice on the area several minutes before the injection to numb the skin and muscles from any pain. However, some may still report mild stinging as the needles are injected. The average duration of the procedure is 10 minutes. The duration usually lengthens when there are more areas to be addressed.

What are the Side-effects of Botox?

There are usually no major side-effects of Botox dermal filers. In fact, there have been no permanent problems that have been reported in its use. Some mild side-effects may include redness, mild pain and bruising in the injection sites; nevertheless, these usually subside after a few days. To avoid major side-effects such as failure of treatment and infection, seek Botox treatments only from certified dermatologists or cosmetic physicians.