This time around La Jolla and San Diego there’s no shortage of social events: office parties, dinners with neighbors, family get-togethers, and more. As we get older most of us would be OK if we could get the Back to the Future Delorean to go fetch a younger version of ourselves to head to all these parties with noticeably less wrinkles on our face.
Well, Doc Kearney may not know how to get a hold of Emmett “Doc” Brown, but he does know how to get a hold of some Botox, which can take years off your facial age by erasing wrinkles on the upper third of your face.
What is Botox?
Everyone, unless they’ve been living in the jungles of Borneo, has heard of Botox. It’s one of the world’s most famous brand names. Botox is made of the botulinum toxin type A, the same bacteria that cause botulism. Way back in the 1950s, scientists found that when the botulinum toxin was injected in minute amounts into a muscle it temporarily stopped the muscle from contracting. Botox was born out of that research.
The first FDA approval for the use of Botox came in 1996 for the treatment of involuntary eyelids spasms (blepharospasm). Since that time, Botox has received FDA approval to treat an assortment of issues: excessive underarm sweating, urinary incontinence, TMJ disorder, and migraine headaches, among others.
But it was 2002 when Botox became a rock star of the aesthetic world. That was the year the FDA approved Botox for treatment of glabellar lines and forehead lines. It added crow’s feet approval in 2013, although Botox had been used to treat crow’s feet “off label” for years prior to that. Every year since 2002, Botox injections have been the world’s most performed aesthetic procedure.
Botox erases wrinkles on the upper third of the face that are the result of muscle contractions under the skin. These occur when we make various expressions, such as frowning. Over time as we form hundreds of thousands of these expressions, wrinkles begin to show up on the surface skin. When Botox is injected, it keeps the muscle from contracting, so the surface wrinkles don’t form or are dramatically lessened in appearance. Botox works on crow’s feet, the 11s (glabellar lines) between the eyebrows, and on forehead wrinkles. It can be effective in some patients for neck banding and possibly on smile lines, but this varies.
Botox for the holidays
Botox can erase your wrinkles for your upcoming parties and events. You simply need to come in and see us. An appointment with Dr. Kearney takes just 10-15 minutes. You do need to remember that Botox takes from 3-4 days to fully relax the muscle, so take that into account when planning for your upcoming events.