Leave Your Crow’s Feet Off the Guest List

In Austin and Scottsdale, we all get our fair share of sun. It’s inevitable. Sure, most of us slather sunscreen but that doesn’t completely block out the sun’s effects, and we’re not going to move into a cave. Our skin shows the effects with age spots, hyperpigmentation, and other issues.

But what about the wrinkles caused by squinting in the sun?

Ah, the dreaded crow’s feet, frown lines between your eyebrows, and forehead lines. All of 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. And, yes, squinting when out on a boat on Lake Travis or Lake Austin will definitely contribute.

Although this weirdest year of COVID-19 won’t have our usual slew of holiday parties, most of us still plan on get togethers on a more limited scale. So why not keep your crow’s feet and frown lines off the guest list? We can help you do that at Austin Cosmetic Surgery with Botox injections (or Dysport or Xeomin, if you prefer). Now is a great time so you’re looking great for the holidays.

What is Botox?

Botox (and Dysport and Xeomin — we offer all three 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, Dysport, and Xeomin do their wrinkle-erasing magic on the upper third of the face.

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 Austin office or our Scottsdale office. That’s because it takes about four days for Botox to fully take effect. Come in now and you’ll be good for the end of the month. Call us at our Lakeway/Austin office, (512) 688-8000, or our Scottsdale office, (480) 947-7700, to make your appointment.

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