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Are you worried about wrinkled facial skin but aren't yet ready for an aggressive, surgical treatment? BOTOX® is a non-surgical, minimally-invasive way to keep those dynamic wrinkles from showing. No one wants to look older than they really are, and this treatment is an effective means of turning back the aging clock. This popular injectable is particularly effective at smoothing the skin and reducing the appearance of smile lines and crow's feet near the mouth and eyes. Our Chevy Chase clients who have received BOTOX® are truly happy they did so. We service the entire D.C. and Maryland suburbs and are proud of the feedback we get from our clients who choose this simple cosmetic procedure. What's the Deal with BOTOX®? Botox is the brand name of a fluid solution originally developed to combat muscle spasms. It is indeed a sort of muscle relaxing agent, and the secret to how it works is in the fluid mixture. It consists of a nerve signal inhibitor that keeps muscles from contracting harshly enough to lead to wrinkles in the skin. How We Administer BOTOX® We won't administer this treatment at all without first consulting with the client. We're interested in how the upper-level facial muscles affect the smoothness of the skin. When these muscles contract as a person smiles or frowns, the dynamic wrinkles appear, which is what makes the person look old and tired. We mark the ideal injection sites and then inject the fluid using an ultrafine needle. The fluid settles down in the muscle tissue, and it moves about just a bit for several hours after injection. Over the next two or three days, the muscles no longer respond the same way to signals sent from the brain. They remain relaxed, resulting in smoother skin because the surface is no longer pulled or pinched. The lower-level facial muscles aren't affected by this treatment. The client can still make facial expressions, but the skin remains smoother and without the appearance of dynamic wrinkling. The effect lasts for about five months, after which a repeat injection treatment can be safely performed. Advantages of BOTOX® Thinking about the variety of facial wrinkle treatments available, one might wonder how to tell which is most effective. The answer isn't a simple one, but it's important to remember that most of these treatments are not suitable for all individuals. For example, peel treatments can bleach dark skin. Abrasive resurfacing can have the same effect. A facelift is a rather aggressive, invasive treatment that many people are wary of. Laser or IPL therapy treats dark spots but isn't all that effective on dynamic wrinkles. BOTOX® is suitable for all skin types because no surgery is involved, no bleaching chemicals are used and no skin resurfacing is performed. It doesn't treat the skin directly but instead keeps the surface smooth through relaxing the underlying muscles. Get a Smoother, Wrinkle-Free Face Our clients who reside in Chevy Chase and the surrounding areas keep coming back for repeat BOTOX® treatments at Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery. There's a good reason why. Contact us today schedule a consultation to learn more about what BOTOX® can do for you.