Is there a scientific link between stress and wrinkles?
I don't want to run the risk of boring you, but let's talk "science" for a minute. On the ends of our chromosomes are regions called telomeres. Every time a cell splits during mitosis (the way cells naturally divide and reproduce) a little bit of telomere is lost. When there isn't enough telomere left, the cell can't divide anymore, and it dies. Naturally, the older we get, the more our cells have divided and the shorter our telomeres are.
Here's the interesting part: researches have found that telomeres get shorter faster in people who have high amounts of stress. Hmm...
While these results support a link between stress and cellular aging, the exact relationship of stress on aging is complex and isn't yet fully understood. (But hey, forehead wrinkles are called "worry lines" for a reason!) Temporary expression lines on the face go by many names: forehead wrinkles, worry lines, frown lines, crows feet -- but here's a shocker for you, those temporary lines can eventually turn into permanent lines!
Oh no! What's a girl to do?
KEEP CALM - GET BOTOX!
We all know that stress causes us to frown quite a bit and when we make the same facial expression repeatedly, temporary lines are produced on our face. Did you know that it may be possible to retrain your face to relax a little bit more? Botox® can help! Look in the mirror sometime and pay attention where your face creases and wrinkles when you make various expressions and it will give you an idea of where wrinkles could potentially develop. By relaxing and retraining facial muscles, Preventative Botox helps prevent the formation of dynamic wrinkles that are caused by small, consistent muscle movements. Preventative Botox really works at reversing mild lines and preventing others from developing.
How does Botox® work?
The science behind Botox® is simple. It blocks nerve impulses by relaxing the contraction of muscles. This causes the muscle to no longer be able to contract. Wrinkles will relax and soften. Patients see cosmetic improvement within two to four days and the effects last anywhere from four to six months. The majority of patients will need to seek re-treatment in order to remove wrinkles and lines once they reappear. With each injection, the wrinkles return less severely as the muscles are retrained to relax.
SO, WHAT IS THE TAKE-AWAY HERE?
1. Don't stress.
I know that's much easier said than done. As I get older, I am trying to learn to choose to be calm a midst the chaos of life. When I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I try to stop, breathe and relax. And when it comes to relaxing the lines on my face, I will take all the help I can get—which brings me to take-away number 2...
2. Ask Cosmetic Laser Center how Botox® can help reduce the stress-related lines on your face!
To schedule your Botox consultation and treatment, call 940-696-2192 today.