Age is a gradual occurrence. Your skin develops the symptoms and signs of aging starting with fine lines, which in turn means that one of the best ways to combat aging is to treat the finer symptoms as they occur. This simple strategy can help you take years off your appearance. The problem is that many finer age-related issues are difficult to treat. The fine lines that tend to manifest around the eyes, the nose and the mouth can be problematic because they are the result of muscles contracting beneath the skin. Fortunately, BOTOX® can help you achieve a youthful appearance without the need for drastic or uncomfortable surgical procedures. How Does BOTOX® Work? Flesh has many layers to it. The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin, followed by the dermis, which provides some of the form to the skin. The collagen layer resides beneath it, which provides the remainder of the form. Fat deposits add some definition beneath this, and the muscles beneath those layers affect everything above the muscles’ appearance. When the muscles contract, so does everything else deform. Repetitious movements of the muscles will eventually cause the collagen near the dermis layer to become permanently deformed. This leads to fine lines and wrinkles that are otherwise unavoidable. These deformations will become worse as time progresses. Treating these with surgical and non-surgical procedures tends to be ineffective. The deformations persist because the root of the problem has not been addressed. BOTOX® addresses the cause of age-related symptoms by affecting the nervous system's communication with the facial muscles. This forces the muscles to contract less, which in turn results in fine lines and other muscle-driven imperfections becoming significantly less visible. What Problems Can BOTOX® Treat? BOTOX® is ideal for treating any muscle-related deformation of the skin. This includes smile lines, some nasolabial lines and lines around the eyes. It is worth noting that BOTOX® treats the cause of the problem. It does not restore the lost and displaced collagen beneath the skin. It provides an improvement to lines actively caused by movements of the muscles. Because it treats the cause, BOTOX® can be used with treatments like dermal fillers for further improvement of wrinkles and fine lines. This can provide an even more dramatic improvement in terms of appearance. Turn the Clock Back with BOTOX® BOTOX® is a cutting-edge treatment that aims to correct the problems caused by repetitious movements of the muscles. It manages the problems that other treatments are unable to effectively treat with any permanence. It can be combined with other treatments to further increase how youthful your appearance is. While BOTOX® can be effective, it is not necessarily for everyone. To determine if it is ideal for reversing the damage that age has caused to your skin, contact Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery for a consultation. We proudly serve the Washington, DC area and are located in Bethesda. Our team of experts can determine the best methods of helping you take back the youthful appearance that you deserve. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment to learn more.

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