In Utah, we all get our fair share of sun. It’s inevitable. Whether we’re skiing or hiking at 10,000 feet, or golfing or cycling at 7,000 feet, the altitude coupled with our abundance of sunny days beats up on our skin. Our skin shows the effects with age spots, hyperpigmentation, and other issues.
But what about the wrinkles caused by squinting in that endless sun?
Ah, dreaded crow’s feet, frown lines between your eyebrows, and forehead lines. Those form due to hundreds of thousands of expressions we make over our lifetime. Eventually, as our skin thins and our collagen declines, wrinkles start to form on the surface skin above these muscle contractions.
Since we all missed out on the usual party funfest of the holiday season last year thanks to COVID, this year it feels like everyone is all in! But you don’t have to bring your crow’s feet or frown lines with you to the parties. You can come see us at either of our Saltz Plastic Surgery/Spa Vitoria locations and have us erase those lines with Botox or Dysport injections. Now is the perfect time so you’ll be looking great for the holidays.
What is Botox?
Botox (and Dysport — we offer both of these neuromodulators) is made primarily from the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that are known to cause botulism. What you may not know is that the botulinum toxin type A also occurs throughout the natural world, commonly found on plants, in soil, water, and the intestinal tracts of animals.
All of that sounds kind of scary, but it’s not. Way back in the late 1940s, scientists studying the botulinum toxin found that when it was injected in very minute doses into a muscle it temporarily stopped that muscle from contracting. Botox came out of that research.
How does it work?
Botox’s secret is that it blocks the acetylcholine in the muscle from doing its job. Acetylcholine is the nerve messenger that communicates between the muscle and the brain. Botox blocks these messages, so the brain never receives them. When the message was to contract a muscle that creates crow’s feet or frown lines, but the brain never receives it, the muscle stays at rest. No contraction. That means no wrinkle on the surface skin, either.
That’s how Botox and Dysport do their wrinkle-erasing magic on the upper third of the face. There are subtle differences between Botox and Dysport. We’ll discuss which is right for you prior to your session.
Time is now
If you want to erase your crow’s feet for the holidays, now’s the time to call us at either our Salt Lake City or Park City offices. That’s because it takes about four days for Botox to fully take effect. Come in now and you’ll be good for your upcoming social fun. Call us at our Salt Lake City office, (801) 274-9500, or our Park City office, (435) 655-6612, to make your Botox/Dysport appointment.