If you’re noticing the effects of aging on your skin and you want to restore your youthful appearance, then Botox injections may be the right choice for you. This is a minimally invasive treatment that works by making small injections in the muscles of your face to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles. At Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott, CT, we are committed to helping you look your best and feel fully confident in your appearance.
How Often Can You Get Botox Injections?
In general, most people should have Botox injections once every four months is usually an ideal frequency for this treatment. But because everybody has a different body, you may need your injections more or less frequently. We will help you create a treatment plan that fits your schedule, budget, and aesthetic goals so you can enjoy continuous results all year round.
There are a few factors that may determine how long your results will last. For example, the areas of the face being treated, the depth of the dynamic wrinkles, and how expressive you are with your facial muscles may all be used to calculate how long your results will last. Even the dosage for your treatment will dictate the longevity of your results. Each of these factors will be considered when we create your treatment plan and make recommendations for your ideal treatment frequency.
What Do You Need To Know About Botox?
Botox injections are both very popular and very common – in fact, right now this injectable is the most popular cosmetic treatment in the country. People love and trust this treatment thanks to its high degree of efficacy and the ease of the treatment.
Your appointments will only last for about 20 to 30 minutes and you will be able to go back to work or your daily schedule after your treatment. You won’t even need a recovery period. The results of this treatment also develop very quickly, usually within hours or days of your appointment.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Botox is a neurotoxin, which means it is a treatment that interferes with the normal communication between nerves and the brain. Essentially, this injectable treatment counteracts your natural muscle movements in the face and relaxes facial muscles to fine lines and wrinkles won’t form or deepen. Neurotoxins prevent or slow the movement of the facial muscles and stop visible aging from progressing.
Wrinkles and fine lines form as part of the natural aging process, usually starting at around age 30 when collagen production in the skin slows down. With less collagen in the skin, lines and wrinkles deepen in the areas of our face where the skin crinkles when we make expressions. Over time, these lines deepen and become more challenging to treat with over-the-counter skincare products.
Where Can This Treatment Be Used?
These days, thanks to advancements in treatment and new research, this neurotoxin injectable can be safely used on virtually every area of the face. Originally, this treatment was only recommended to correct horizontal forehead lines and vertical wrinkles between the brows.
Today, we know that this injectable can be used around the eyes, on bunny lines on the nose, the jowls, and even around the mouth. Any place that has dynamic wrinkles is likely a good area where this injectable can be used.
Can This Treatment Prevent Wrinkles?
One of the most exciting prospects of this treatment is the fact that more and more young people are using this treatment as a way to prevent future skin aging. The way this works is that this injectable is placed on areas of the face where fine lines are starting to form, which then relaxes the muscle and keeps the skin smooth so the line doesn’t deepen into a wrinkle.
It’s common for people who are in their late 20s and early 30s to use this treatment as a way to slow down the natural aging process. The best part about using this treatment as a preventative is that it will train your facial muscles to be less responsive to facial contractions in the future.
Will Your Results Look Natural?
Yes, the results of this treatment will look natural. Many first-time users worry that the results of this treatment will make their faces appear frozen or unnatural, but this is a baseless concern. Neurotoxins like this one will only affect motor nerves, so the sensation to your face will be unchanged. And the results of this treatment will only subdue the muscles in your face to make them less responsive.
Is There Recovery Time?
Unlike some other invasive treatments and advanced treatments with lasers, you will not need any expensive recovery time after this treatment. Although this treatment is minimally invasive, most patients find the treatment overall very tolerable. Right after your treatment, you can go back to work and attend to your daily schedule without delay.
Who Are Good Candidates?
The vast majority of people who want to look younger are good candidates for this treatment. Botox is a safe injectable treatment that will subtly improve your overall appearance. The ideal candidates for this treatment are people who have moderate wrinkles on the face, particularly dynamic wrinkles around the nose and mouth, forehead, or eye areas.
You should not be pregnant or breastfeeding when you have this treatment. You also may not be eligible for this neurotoxin if you have a history of severe allergic reactions or any allergies to the active ingredients in this treatment.
Is There a Best Age for Treatment?
Everyone has different skin and different ways they respond to injectable treatments, but for the most part, there is no “best” age for this treatment. The general age range for this neurotoxin treatment is 20 to 40. Some people start using this treatment during their 20s to prevent visible aging and others use this treatment to correct the appearance of dynamic wrinkles that are already prominent.
At the end of the day, the best age for your treatment will depend entirely on your preferences and your aesthetic goals. If you want to prevent or slow aging, using this treatment earlier may be helpful. But even people past the age of 40 commonly use this treatment to correct their appearance.
How Can You Maintain Your Results?
Ultimately, the best way to maintain the results of your treatment is to keep up with your maintenance appointments, which will be scheduled about four months apart. When you can stick with your treatment plan, you will be able to enjoy continuous results and look younger for longer. But your maintenance appointments are only one part of maintaining your results.
There are several ways you can enhance the results of your treatment so you can achieve a long-lasting youthful glow. Many of the methods you can use to enhance the results of your treatment can also be used to benefit other aspects of your appearance as well.
Using sunscreen during the daytime, especially during the hottest parts of the year, is the number one most beneficial thing you can do for your skin. As a bonus, using sunscreen can also preserve the efficacy of your neurotoxin treatment, as well as help prevent new visible signs of aging.
UV rays from the sun can damage our skin in numerous ways, such as creating free radicals that slow down cellular turnover, forming dark spots and pigmentation concerns, and breaking down collagen within the sub-dermal layers of the skin. Unprotected exposure to the sun can also cause your neurotoxin treatment to break down faster.
The Best SPF for You
Even if you have a medium or dark complexion, you should still be wearing SPF 30 or higher during the day. Although the melanin in your skin will offer some natural protection to burning from sun exposure, your skin is still vulnerable to harmful UV rays, dehydration, and other concerns.
For people who have fair or light skin, you may want to use SPF 50 during the day to better protect your skin, particularly if your skin is prone to burning easily. Be sure to apply sunscreen to all visible skin, especially on the face, neck, and chest to prevent premature aging.
Your diet plays a big role in the health of your skin. Eating a diet rich in nutrients will give your skin the tools it needs to stay healthy. A diet filled with leafy greens, whole grains, and fruits will help your skin remain supple. Other aspects of your beauty will also benefit from a balanced diet, such as having healthier hair and nails.
Leading a truly healthy lifestyle also means getting regular exercise. For one thing, sweating brings out toxins in the skin that may keep your skin looking dull and dry. With exercise, you also increase your circulation, which will also help your skin appear flushed and healthy. Additionally, regular exercise can be an excellent tool for stress management, which can benefit your anti-aging goals since less stress means less cortisol in the system to break down precious collagen.
It’s important to use a skincare routine that works for your aesthetic goals and that you can keep up with. Whether it’s the Korean 10-step routine or a cleanse-active-moisturize routine, it’s important that your skincare regimen is consistent and that the products you use are appropriate for your skin.
For example, if aging is your main concern, then using products with anti-aging ingredients like collagen or retinol can help your skin maintain a smooth, youthful glow. While skincare products can’t do the heavy lifting that a cosmetic injectable can do, they are still essential to help your skin look good in the times between your appointments.
You can also use other treatments to enhance the results of your neurotoxin. It’s common to combine dermal fillers and neurotoxins into a single treatment plan since each of these injectables treats a different type of wrinkle. You may also want to consider treatments such as facials, peels, dermaplaning, or a thread lift to achieve all of your aesthetic goals.
Start Your Botox Treatment Plan Today
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and the eye that matters the most is yours. If you aren’t feeling confident about your appearance because of deepening fine lines and wrinkles, then it may be time to find a cosmetic treatment that will help you slow down the aging process or even turn back the clock. For many people, a neurotoxin injectable is an ideal treatment for this purpose. Contact us at Advanced Dermatology Center in Wolcott, CT today to schedule your first appointment.