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There is simply no better dollar spent on anti-aging than money spent on treatments with neuromuscular blockers like Botox (onabotulinumtoxin A)and Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA). These medications can be used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles( medical name-­rhytids) or to prevent wrinkles from ever forming.

What causes the wrinkles that Botox/Dysport treat?

Skin creases when the underlying muscles contract. Wrinkles that form, for example, when you frown but go away when you stop frowning are called dynamic wrinkles. When we are younger the skin still creases but our youthful, more elastic skin flattens out completely when the muscle relaxes. As we age the skin loses it's elasticity and repeated creasing of the skin causes permanent lines or static wrinkles.

How do these medications work to prevent or diminish wrinkles?

These drugs work at the nerve ending by preventing the release of Acetylcholine neurotransmitter vesicles thereby cutting off the communication between the nerve and the target muscle. When the muscle is not stimulated to contract the overlying skin will not crease and wrinkles will not form. Your skin is always in a state of repair.  New cells are being formed in the basal layer and slowly over about a month in adults rise to the surface and are sloughed off invisibly.  You can repair your skin lines as well if the underlying muscle can be made to stop creasing the skin. This is how Botox/Dysport does its job. Combining regular chemical peels with the neuromuscular blockers will speed this process. The combination of Botox/Dysport and chemical peeling are a powerful "1-2" punch for taking years off of your face

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