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The Anatomy of the Wrinkle

One day you looked in the mirror and studied those lines that furrowed your brow,

and you wondered: Where did they come from?

Is it just aging? Too much sun? Too much stress? In general, how skin ages and

wrinkles is a complex process. It isn't just about cellular changes, collagen

depletion, hormone loss, damage caused by free radicals, and so on; it's a

combination of many factors.

The Anatomy of the Wrinkle

The lines that appear between your brows (glabellar lines) actually result from

muscle movement and the passage of time. You may have heard the expression

"wearing your emotions on your sleeve," but in reality you wear them on your face.

If you're angry or annoyed, for example, you knit your brows together. Underneath

your skin, your facial muscles contract, cause a pleating of the overlying skin, and

then, as anyone can see, you're frowning.

After years of crinkling and wrinkling, those glabellar lines start to linger longer and

can become more pronounced. For women, whose faces tend to be more animated

than men's, and whose skin is typically more delicate, these lines may appear

exaggerated and more permanent.

Fortunately, there is a way to temporarily reduce moderate to severe glabellar

lines. Treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic can visibly smooth and soften moderate to

severe frown lines between your brows. An improvement can be seen within days

and may last up to 4 months, although results may vary. In clinical trials, nearly

90% of men and women surveyed rated the improvement in the appearance of

frown lines between their brows as moderate to better 1 month after treatment.

Consult with us about whether BOTOX® Cosmetic is right for you.

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