By now, most of you have heard more about Botox then you care to. But most people know that Botox can prevent people from making certain expressions that makes lines and wrinkles either appear or get deeper and most of us agree that we generally look better without lines or wrinkles. But today I’m going to tell you how Botox can actually prevent you from getting permanent lines and wrinkles in certain places on your face. Every time you make a crease or line in your face you crease your skin like this. When you crease your skin you fold it, when you fold the skin you fold the collagen and if you fold the collagen enough times you’re going to break it and that’s one of the things that contributes to making lines and wrinkles. So, just like this paper clip, bending it back and forth time and time again, if I keep doing it it’s going to break. Eventually it’s going to break. It’s a little bit like taking a piece of paper which is nice and flat and folding that piece of paper and if I keep folding that crease and making that crease harder and harder, you can now see that the paper is creased and if I try to rub that crease out, I can’t rub that crease out and that’s because I’ve permanently broken the cellulous fibers in this piece of paper. The same thing happens with your collagen in forming lines and wrinkles. So, when you’re forming lines repetitively on your upper forehead, frown lines, crow’s feet lines, all of those repetitively will cause you to have etched lines. However, if you’re using Botox before you start to have those etched lines, if you’re using Botox before repetitive creasing and folding has broken the collagen so that you haven’t created those lines then the ongoing use of Botox will prevent you from making those deep etched lines for as many years as you continue to use the Botox. Now that’s what I would call a really good example of preventative medicine.