Expression wrinkles form from repeated use of facial muscles. When skin is young and healthy, the creases that occur from facial expressions naturally appear and disappear. However, as you age, skin loses its elasticity and its ability to regain its smooth appearance after each muscle contraction. Expression wrinkles include bunny lines, crow’s-feet, and frown lines. At DermaHealth, we offer Botox and Dysport treatments to reduce wrinkles and tighten skin.

Causes of Expression Wrinkles

Years of squinting, concentrating, or frowning can cause your skin to furrow and crease. Smoking, straw use, and pursing your lips contribute to muscle breakdown. As time passes, your skin becomes less elastic, and those frown lines remain.

Treatment for Expression Wrinkles

Expression wrinkles can be treated with Botox or Dysport – neuromodulators that temporarily inhibit muscle movement. Neuromodulators are different than dermal fillers, as they do not fill wrinkles, but decrease the appearance of wrinkles. The progress of treatment and a patient’s results depend on the depth of the expression wrinkle. For optimal results, our clients are treated once every three months. The forehead, crow’s-feet, upper lip, and lower jaw muscles respond very well to this type of treatment.

Botox & Dysport

Both Dysport and Botox are injected directly into the muscle, affecting only lines caused by muscle contractions and improving the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles. Botulinum toxin is used to weaken muscles and minimize dynamic lines. Both treatments are non-invasive and well-tolerated by most patients.

The first injection typically softens the wrinkle lines. By the second or third treatment, wrinkles are blended into the surface of the skin, resulting in a smoother, more natural appearance. They are not fillers that plump the lines – rather, they inhibit the muscle from responding to expression commands. Used properly and correctly, inhibitors reduce the effects of aging while still allowing you to smile, resulting in a more natural appearance. DermaHealth will customize the treatment to fit your needs and budget.

Dermal Fillers

DermaHealth also offers a variety of dermal fillers and collagen stimulators. Traditional fillers are soft liquids or gels that are injected under the skin’s surface. They improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, plump lips, fill out cheek hollows, and repair other facial imperfections. Collagen stimulators replace the collagen your body naturally loses over time. They are injected into the dermis or subcutaneous layer, filling the spaces where collagen has been lost. Once collagen stimulators take effect, the newly produced collagen provides a structural framework to hold hyaluronic acid and elastin and helps restore the dermis. For more information on our dermal fillers, visit our Wrinkles service page.

For more information and to see if you are a candidate for our expression wrinkles treatment, schedule a complimentary consultation with DermaHealth today.