Experts: Leave Some Lines Behind

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One of the first visible signs of aging is the appearance of those annoying little lines on your face called wrinkles. These are a result of many things, ranging from sun exposure, smoking, and even your favorite facial expressions. The best way to keep these bothersome creases at bay is through careful skin care; but yes, they are inevitable, because as we age, our skin loses its elasticity and regenerative properties. And once they are there, they can be a telltale sign that you are getting on in years. Since there is no magic wand that can erase them, many women - and men - have resorted to a needle.

Since Botox has been introduced several years ago, it has gotten a bad rap, say the skin experts who were present at the Allergan Botox press event. They even shared a clip from a funny movie where one of the characters cannot move his face at all and cannot even drink from a glass because, purportedly from many Botox shots.

Another common misconception is that Botox is a generic name for the stuff in the syringe injected into those frown lines. "The truth is that there are several Botulinum toxins in the market. Each pharmaceutical company has a unique toxin that has been isolated, purified and developed according to their own techniques and standards. Thus, each toxin is unique. Recognizing this, the individual toxins have been named by their generic terms to differentiate each," explains Dr. Isabel Mangubat of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS). So, Botox, per se, is actually a registered trademark under the Allergan group, and not a generic term for botulinum toxins (a purified protein derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum). It was first used to treat blepharospasm (eyelid spasms) and strabismus (crossed eyes), but the most popularly-known usage for the product is for effectively smoothening those creases and folds on the face for a seamless, youthful look.

At the event, Dr. Mangubat, Dr. Allen Cabrera of the PDS, and Dr. Florencio Lucero of the Philippine Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon Inc (PAPRAS) cautioned against erasing all those lines when getting a Botox treatment. …