You’ve probably heard of Botox. First approved by the FDA in 2002 for temporary treatment of frown lines, Botox also treats additional cosmetic concerns, including crow’s feet and forehead wrinkles.
At Nunnally Dermatology, we offer an array of anti-aging solutions, including Botox injections.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a neuromodulator formed from botulinum toxin. When injected into the skin, Botox relaxes the facial muscles, resulting in the smoothing of wrinkles caused by repetitive movement.
Botox is the go-to solution for individuals who want to smooth their crow’s feet, forehead lines, and frown lines. However, we can also strategically place it to smooth lip lines, bunny lines on the nose, chin wrinkles, and neck bands.
Some people choose Botox for a brow lift or to create a subtle lift to their upper lip.
How Long Does Botox Take to Work?
You won’t see the full effects of Botox right after your appointment. Usually, the treatment requires two to three days to become apparent. After two weeks, the full results are visible.
Like other cosmetic treatments, Botox needs a few days to settle into your body. During that time, it will begin to adhere to the receptors on your nerve cells, which allows it to relax the facial muscles.
Patients who regularly undergo Botox treatments generally see fewer wrinkles as they grow older. That’s why patients sometimes begin Botox treatment in their 20s, even though wrinkles typically don’t become apparent until the mid-30s.
How Long Does Botox Last?
As a temporary solution, Botox won’t last forever. Most people see that as a good thing; there’s no long-term commitment to the results if you decide you prefer your natural appearance.
The results from Botox injections generally last three to six months. However, everyone is different. Some people find that their injections last longer, while some see a return to their usual look within a few months.
If you’re planning to undergo Botox injections for the first time, you’ll discover how your body responds to the treatment and whether you require quarterly or semiannual touch-ups.
What Happens During a Botox Appointment?
Before administering Botox, we consult with each patient to understand their treatment objectives and medical history. If we feel you’re a suitable candidate for the procedure, we’ll move forward in the treatment process.
Botox isn’t for everybody. Some people have certain conditions that preclude them from using Botox, while others may find greater success with other treatments we recommend.
If you go forward with the Botox treatment, we’ll begin by identifying the areas for injection. Once we thoroughly cleanse your face, we’ll inject the Botox solution into the muscles. Typically, the injection process requires only a few minutes of your time.
After the injections, you are free to return to your daily activities. No downtime is necessary for a Botox treatment; you can return to work or handle your other responsibilities right away.
What Are the Benefits of Botox?
Botox has many advantages and positive qualities as a cosmetic treatment. Here are a few:
Diminishes the Appearance of Wrinkles
The number one reason that most people undergo Botox as a cosmetic treatment is to reduce the appearance of their wrinkles. Botox relaxes the facial muscles, which stops you from making certain expressions that deepen the lines on your face.
For instance, if you tend to raise your eyebrows often, you may have forehead lines. An injection of Botox into the forehead muscles will freeze the muscles, stopping you from accidentally making the expression. Since you can no longer crease your forehead, the lines will begin to smooth out and become less visible over time.
Enhances Your Natural Appearance
Many individuals struggle with wrinkles, especially as they grow older. That’s why there is such a large market for anti-aging skin care products like serums, lotions, and retinoids.
While over-the-counter skin care products can help improve your skin’s hydration and reduce the appearance of dark spots, they’re no substitute for the benefits that Botox provides.
With Botox, you’ll realize a more youthful-looking appearance, slow the aging process, and prevent new wrinkles from forming.
Provides a Non-Invasive Procedure
In past decades, few non-invasive treatments were available for treating wrinkles. People relied on sunblock and creams to support their anti-aging needs. While both are undoubtedly important for wrinkle prevention, they can’t provide the same relief as Botox.
As a non-invasive treatment, Botox isn’t plastic surgery, and patients don’t need any recovery time following the procedure.
Delivers Quick Results
While other cosmetic treatments, skin care products, and plastic surgery can take months to yield results, Botox does its magic quickly and efficiently. The first results become apparent within a few days, and the full outcome is evident within two weeks.
Few other treatments can yield a similar effect as Botox. It’s the first-line anti-aging procedure for individuals who want to reduce wrinkles.
Combines with Other Treatments
Sometimes, patients seek more than a reduction of their wrinkles. They may be dealing with sagging underneath the chin or lost volume in the cheeks. We can combine Botox with other injectables to improve both of these problems.
Individuals concerned about acne scars, dark spots, or overall skin tone might consider microneedling or chemical peels, which can revitalize the skin and remove old and damaged cells.
Visit Us to Learn More About Botox
If you’re considering Botox treatment, visit Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA. We can help you decide whether Botox is the appropriate treatment for you and prepare your treatment plan. Reach out today to schedule your appointment with us.