Ask Cheryl | Guide to BOTOX® through the Ages
Boston.com/Best of Boston: October 2015
Guide to BOTOX® Through the Ages: 20s, 30s, and Beyond
BOTOX® – an FDA-approved injectable is made from safe purified proteins that relax the facial muscles so unwanted wrinkles chill out and smooth out.
The expert team of physicians, facial cosmetic surgeons, and nurses at SkinHealth Centers is poised to help you discover the best way to become your best you through BOTOX® and other botulinum toxin brands such as Dysport® and Xeomin®.
SkinHealth Centers founder Cheryl Clarkson gives us a guide to BOTOX® through the ages, as she helps men and women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond discover why this injectable time-fighter is your best bet to looking refreshed and youthful during every decade. A quick hit for lasting results, treatment takes just a few minutes. The results are visible in three days and last three to six months. Say goodbye to brow creases, frown lines, and crow’s feet.
Q: Some of my friends are starting to use BOTOX®, but isn’t that treatment for older people?
A: Do you squint a lot in the sun? Are you an OMG eyebrow raiser? It’s never too early to take preventative steps for better beauty. When you’re in your 20s, injectables are mainly prophylactic to help prevent lines from forming later on. Consider this an exercise in fortune telling. When you come in for treatment, your technician will ask you to do exaggerated facial movements to see where lines form first. This gives them an idea of where future problem areas could be. Then they inject very small dosages of BOTOX® into those areas. This way we can stop the signs of aging right in its tracks before it becomes a problem.
A: It’s been years since you saw your classmates, so obviously you want to look your best. When you’re in your 30s, it’s the “11s” (glabella lines between the brows) that are of most concern. Along with forehead creases and crow’s feet, these are “dynamic lines,” so they’re formed by using your muscles. The crease we make when we squint our brows together gets deeper as we age and muscle memory kicks in.
They can make you appear tired and concerned, two ways you do not want to look at your reunion. BOTOX® relaxes facial muscles by restricting their movement, which means these wrinkles will smooth out. You’ll be sure to wow them when you look just like your year book photo.
Q: Do men get BOTOX®?
A: Of course! Lucky you, men have a friend in Father Time. As you
age, there’s attractiveness to boasting crow’s feet and forehead creases. But if the depth of your lines is more severe than you would like, BOTOX® is a great way to soften any facial lines. In particular, crow’s feet (known as lateral canthal lines) that are caused by squinting are eased by injecting BOTOX® into the area around the sides of the eyes.
A: Peau d’orange (French for orange peel skin) is a common problem for many individuals of every age. This rough texture on the front area of the chin looks something like an orange peel and is mostly a result of repeated contractions of the mentalis (chin muscle). You can eliminate this crêping of the skin with just a few injections of BOTOX® to relax the muscle. You can also take even more years off by treatment in between your eyebrows, on your forehead, and in any crow’s feet.