• Over 11 million men and women have benefited from the dramatic anti-aging effects of Botox®. Whether you already have lines and wrinkles or want to prevent them from appearing, Botox has proven to be one of the most effective ways to prevent and reverse the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles – particularly crow's feet, forehead lines, and the "11’s" – the parallel wrinkles that appear between your eyebrows.

    In 2002, the FDA approved the use of Botox to treat frown lines between the eyebrows. Botox, the commercial name for a toxin produced by bacteria, Clostridium botulinumis, is directly inserted between the eyebrows and other areas of the face – paralyzing the muscles and preventing expression lines from forming. The effects of Botox are not permanent (the results will normally last 4-6 months), and for best results, treatments need to be repeated regularly.

    Read more information on Botox from our Medical Director, Mark Taylor M.D., Dermatologist and Cosmetic Laser Surgeon.

    Botox Study: Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery (American Medical Association)

    This comparison between two identical twins displays the dramatic benefits of Botox. One twin (on the left in the photos) had received two treatments of Botox over the previous seven years. The other, on the right, had received regularly over the previous 13 years.

    The study concluded that, besides preventing the development of imprinted facial lines that are visible at rest, botox can reduce crow's feet. Additionally, there were no adverse effects reported during 13 years of regular treatment.

    Botox Enhancers

    Topical Botox-enhancing skin care products have been introduced that prolong Botox’s results, which allow a person to go longer between treatments. These products include peptides (also known as neuropeptides) that interfere with signals that cause a muscle contraction – softening the contraction and allowing the muscle to fully relax afterwards.

    New peptide discoveries are always on the horizon, but ones that are most popularly found in products include:

    Argireline (Acetyl Hexapeptide-8) Formed of six amino acids, this peptide keeps the signal protein catecholamine from triggering muscle contraction. Unlike Botox, this peptide does not cause paralysis of the muscles, it allows them to relax, still allowing for normal facial movement.

    Snap-8 (Acetyl Glutamyl Octapeptide-3) An elongated version of Argireline, this is considered to be 30% more effective and is a neuropeptide that reduces the depth of wrinkles.

    Syn-ake (Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate) A synthetic tripeptide works as a neuromuscular-blocking compound to help reduce the depth of wrinkles and increase skin smoothness with the active ingredient Waglerin 1, which is similar to a compound found in the Asian Temple Snake’s venom that restricts muscle movement.

    Leuphasyl – Leuphasyl, a fairly new introduction in the world of neuropeptides, couples to the enkephalin receptors, diffusing the nerve cell’s activity – and causing the muscles to relax. It is particularly effective when used in conjunction with argireline or Snap-8 since the two work on different processes of the nerve/muscle communication.