Other uses of Botox ®

The updated guidelines from The American Academy of Neurology suggests that certain neurologic disorders may benefit from botulinum toxin. Specifically muscle spasticity in adults following a stroke, spinal cord or other neurologic injury, also cervical dystonia which is uncontrolled movement of the head or neck, also blepharospasm or eye lid spasm, and chronic (or episodic) migrains defined as headaches that occur 15 or more days per month. A popular form of the botulinum protein is Botox ® which is commonly used to relax muscles around the face which helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Wrinkles and moisture

Hydration of our skin play a major role in the determination of wrinkles, especially smaller wrinkles at the surface. Over time these can develop into much deeper, larger wrinkles and creases. The top layer of skin is made up of dead skin cells held together by lipid bonds. Things which dry out our skin can cause a crepe paper type appearance. Bio mechanical forces such as facial muscle movement can accentuate this and produce static, deeper wrinkles. Various methods to treat this include microneedling with hyaluronic acid and Botox.

University of Southampton. “Going skin deep to explore what causes wrinkles.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 February 2018. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180228133958.htm>.

Dr AJ Cummings and Holly

The DaVinci Med Spa team was at a conference this weekend and had a chance to talk to several people about their aesthetic concerns. Among the issues that stood out were wrinkles, skin tone, dark or age spots and body contouring. Each client could benefit from an individual consultation as each need is different. Among the many options to consider, often treatment with Botox, microneedling or IPL photo facial are the right choice for ease of use, safe and cost effective. Non invasive options for body contouring and skin tightening include radio frequency treatments such as the Venus Freeze.