BOTOX® has earned its spot as the most popular anti-aging injectable due to its reliable effects and strong safety profile. We regularly treat fine lines, wrinkles, and many other age-related skin issues with this treatment here at Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA. However, while it can work quite well for these types of imperfections, it’s not for everyone. So if you’re wondering if this treatment is right for you, here’s how it works and who normally makes good candidates.
Who Is a Good Candidate for BOTOX®?
Regardless of whether you’re a woman or a man, you may be a good candidate for this treatment if you have lines, wrinkles, or another cosmetic condition associated with muscle contractions that you’d like treated. Many age-related issues are due to a combination of aging skin and muscle contractions, which makes this a versatile treatment for a wide variety of issues because of its muscle-relaxing effects.
Good candidates are also those who are not pregnant or breastfeeding and who do not have any current skin infections or blood-clotting disorders. You should also not be taking blood-thinning medications, muscle relaxants, or other medications that may be contraindicated with this therapy.
How Does This Treatment Work?
BOTOX Cosmetic® is a widely tested therapy for treating overactive muscles, which can lead to a reduction of lines, wrinkles, and many other signs of aging. These types of imperfections can occur when the body starts producing less collagen with age, and muscle contractions from facial expressions then begin to take their toll on the skin.
The loss of collagen leads to skin that is more vulnerable to muscle movements because it’s less firm and doesn’t bounce back as easily after you’ve made facial expressions. Lines can then set in and wrinkles become more noticeable. This therapy can relax the muscles, as well as stimulate collagen. Both of these actions can lead to significant improvements in a person’s overall appearance.
When Will I First Notice the Results?
The muscle-relaxing effects of this therapy often occur within the first seven days after the injections, but the cosmetic effects may not be noticeable for a few weeks. Once the muscles have relaxed, the skin can rebound from the stretched state that the muscles held it in. As the skin relaxes more, lines and wrinkles begin to diminish, and the full effects normally become obvious by the second week after treatment.
Some patients may respond more quickly than others, and many factors can affect this, such as your genetics, metabolism, skin texture, and the depth of any lines you might have. Deep lines often respond more slowly than milder ones, though this treatment’s collagen-stimulating effects can also help to minimize their appearance by making the skin more supple and responsive over time, especially with repeated treatments.
What Happens During the Consultation?
The initial consultation and treatment process are both simple and quick. The consultation is just to ensure that this treatment is the most appropriate for you and the best option for any skin conditions you might have.
We’ll need to know which skin issues you’d like to correct or prevent and any other reasons you’re seeking treatment. We’ll also ask about any medications you might be currently on, as well as your medical history.
What Should I Expect During Treatment?
After your consultation, we can get started with your treatment session, which shouldn’t take longer than 10 to 15 minutes for most patients. Using a small needle, we’ll inject the BOTOX® medication into the target muscles to paralyze them.
You may feel a small pinprick sensation as the needle is inserted, but this shouldn’t last longer than a second, and we can apply an aesthetic before doing so if you feel you might be sensitive to needles.
Is There Any Downtime Afterward?
After your injections, the therapy session will be over, and you’ll be ready to resume activities as usual. However, there are a few precautions that we’ll ask you to take to make sure that the medication has time to work within your muscles without being disturbed.
You should therefore avoid strenuous activities and don’t rub any areas where injections have been made for the first few days. You should also avoid certain medications, such as blood thinners and NSAIDs, or other anti-inflammatories.
What Happens After the Injections?
In the days and weeks after each treatment session, the following normally occurs:
1. Muscles Relax
The initial thing that most patients feel within about three to five days after treatment is a feeling of relaxation in the face as the muscles begin to relax. When this happens, many patients discover that they had long-held tension in their faces for years and didn’t realize it until the area was loosened up after treatment.
2. Skin Improves
Once the muscles have fully relaxed, the skin is no longer being stretched and bunched up into wrinkles, which allows it to also relax. When skin that has been stretched into certain positions for so long begins to relax, there are often improvements in its texture and overall appearance that follow.
3. Issues Minimize
After the skin has been relaxed for some time, lines and wrinkles become less noticeable or completely disappear. This effect often takes longer than the other effects because many lines take time to respond after years of being deeply entrenched in the skin.
How Long Will the Results Last?
While everybody’s body responds differently to this therapy, the results should last at least three to four months for all patients, and for many, they can last even longer. While the average time frame that most patients will enjoy the results is about four months, those who receive treatments regularly sometimes see the results lasting as long as five to six months.
Your muscles can become less tense over time with regular treatments, which can make them more responsive to this therapy. Those who start to notice the effects lasting longer than the usual time frame normally experience this about one to two years after starting treatment.
What Are Some of the Benefits of BOTOX Cosmetic®?
This therapy offers the following benefits:
No other treatment is known for minimizing fine lines and wrinkles the way that BOTOX Cosmetic® is. It’s earned its reputation and popularity by being highly effective, and this has been proven time and time again as millions of people continue to use this therapy every year with excellent results.
Unlike many topical treatments that require you to apply them to the skin for months to see the effects, this therapy works quickly, often within just a few days. Most patients should respond within the first two weeks after their injections, making this a much quicker treatment than many other approaches.
There are no incisions and no irreversible changes made to your face, as this treatment simply relaxes your muscles. This makes it much safer than surgery, and it doesn’t require any downtime or a major recovery period. You won’t have to wait for anything to heal to return to normal activities, and most patients return to work immediately.
Most patients only need two to three treatments per year to maintain their improvements after their first treatment session. Other treatments, such as topical creams, often require regular daily or weekly treatments. Because BOTOX Cosmetic® is administered quickly and on an outpatient basis, this makes it much cheaper for patients than most other types of treatments.
While this medication does eventually wear off, it still lasts quite a long time before it does, with most patients enjoying the effects for around four months before touch-ups are needed. For long-time patients, it often lasts as long as six months, and the results are normally extendable with regular touch-up treatments.
In as little as 10 minutes, we can treat most patients, which can be quite convenient for those who live busy lives and need to return to their normal routines afterward. How long the process takes depends on how many areas we’ll be treated, but most patients shouldn’t take longer than 20 to 30 minutes, with most finishing their sessions much sooner than this.
Schedule With Us Today
Lines and wrinkles can affect your appearance, your confidence, and your self-esteem, but they can usually be treated with BOTOX Cosmetic® and with excellent results. To schedule your first appointment with us, contact us today at Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA, and we’ll be able to assess your skin and any other cosmetic issues you might have during the consultation.