Factors that Impact Botox Results

Posted on June 12th, 2016

botox resultsMany women are delighted with the result of Botox injections on their wrinkles. The best part is that it works almost immediately, although in some cases the full effects are not seen for a few days. However, not everyone is satisfied with the results and this can be due to any of a number of factors.

For instance, not all wrinkles will respond to Botox. There are two kinds of wrinkles; dynamic and static. Those that only show up due to muscle movement such as frowning or smiling are called dynamic wrinkles and are exactly what you need for success with Botox. Static wrinkles are there all the time.

Static wrinkles

If you have static wrinkles that are still there even while your facial muscles are not moving you will need dermal fillers or some other form of treatment because Botox injections will not work with them. Why? It is all because of the way Botox works. What it does is freeze the nerve that receives orders from the brain for the muscle to move. This means the muscle does not get the signal, so it cannot and does not move. It is, in effect, frozen in place, so no wrinkles can form.

But if the wrinkle is there without muscle movement, no amount of freezing will make your face look wrinkle free. That is why another treatment will be more suitable. Dermal fillers, for instance, work to plump out the wrinkled area and don’t depend on stopping muscle movement. Hence, the wrinkled are filled out from within and disappear from sight. This is a bit like filling a hole or crack in the wall before sanding it smooth – only no sanding is required on your skin.

Dynamic wrinkles

As mentioned, dynamic wrinkles are the kind that are not visible unless the muscles in your face are moving. Thus, you can only see them when you frown or smile. These are the ideal wrinkles to have if you decide on Botox injections as it will prevent the muscles from moving.

Crow’s feet, vertical frown lines and lines across your forehead are usually dynamic wrinkles. Static wrinkles are more likely to be those that form from the corner of your nose to the end of your mouth. These are the ones that will not respond to Botox injections.

Dilution rate

Another factor is how much Botox you are given. It comes in powder form that must be mixed with a saline solution for injection. Sometimes a doctor will dilute the solution by not putting full strength amount of powder in. This can happen if it is your first time and the doctor is not sure how you will react to the product.