How does Botox reduce facial wrinkles?


Botox injections constitute a non-invasive cosmetic procedure which fights off aging signs including creases, fine lines, and wrinkles by paralyzing the target muscles. Botox works by blocking the nerve signals to prevent the contraction of facial muscles and achieve a more youthful appearance. By doing this, Botox injections in Dubai effectively address a range of concerns including the formation of frown lines, horizontal creases on the forehead, crow’s feet, wrinkles on the bridge of the nose and more.

How is Botox obtained?

Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin which is produced by a bacterium, known as Clostridium Botulinum. If consumed, this bacterium can cause serious food poisoning, however, it’s controlled and intelligent use can efficiently reduce fine lines and wrinkles on the targeted areas.

How do Botox work?

Botulinum acts as a neurotoxin and stops the release of Acetylcholine which is an excitatory neurotransmitter responsible for bringing about muscle contraction. By preventing the release of the said neurotransmitter, Botox blocks the nerve supply of the facial muscles thus causing them to relax for long periods of time. The ultimate result is the softening and diminishing of unwanted wrinkles and creases that form a natural part of aging process.

Expected Benefits

You can expect the following cosmetic benefits from Botox injections:

  • Reduced Glabellar Lines

Glabellar lines are the horizontal lines that appear on the forehead and become more pronounced when we raise our eyebrows. Botox injections decrease the intensity of such lines which make you look tired, old, and worn out.

  • Reduced Crow’s Feet

The term “crow’s feet” refers to the wrinkles that form at the outer edges of your eye due to prolonged exposure to sun, genetics, poor diet, and decreased production of elastin and collagen. Botox injections work to reduce these wrinkles by discouraging muscle contraction.

  • Reduced Frown Lines

Frown lines are the vertical creases that form between the eyebrows and ascend to the forehead. They are caused by frowning and constant side sleeping which compresses the skin and creates a rippling effect across the forehead. Again, Botox resolves this issue by controlling muscle movement.

  • Reduced Marionette Lines

Marionette lines, also called laugh lines, can be described as the wrinkles that appear at the corners of your mouth and extend downward till the chin. Botox addresses these smile lines by reducing excessive muscle activity.

  • Improved Pebble Chin

Pebble chin is also known as the knobbly, cobblestone, or orange peel chin. It is caused by excessive flexing of the chin muscles which results in an uneven and dimpled chin which seems to be turning upwards. Botox injections paralyzes the chin muscles to prevent their movement and hence stop the formation of pebble chin.

Other benefits of Botox include, reduction of bunny lines that form on the nose and the lipstick lines that appear on the lips.

Procedure for injecting Botox

Botox injections are administered in an outpatient setting after a consultation session with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon.

The Practitioners begin the treatment by cleaning the areas and applying a topical anesthetic to numb the region. This is to ensure that the patient does not feel discomfort during the injection. A very thin needle is then used to transfer the botulinum toxin. The number of injections depend on the extent of correction required.

Once the Botox powder mixed with saline is injected directly into the neuromuscular tissue, patients are advised to avoid scratching or massaging the treated area as it can spread the Botox and hence cause unwanted results. You are also advised to stay in an upright place for the first 3-4 hours to ensure the success of the procedure.

Longevity of results

The results of Botox injections tend to stay in place for 3 to 6 months, depending on the patient. They need to be redone after every few months to retain the temporary results. However, long-term use of Botox can teach the muscle to stay relaxed on their own and thus provide long-lasting outcomes.

Need Help?

If you are interested in seeking advice or knowing more about Botox in Dubai, feel free to contact the Al Shunnar patient care team. Our coordinators will readily schedule a personal consultation session for you with one of our Board Certified Plastic Surgeons.