As the most popular modern therapy for treating wrinkles and fine lines, Botox is a highly effective and minimally invasive way to regain your skin’s naturally vibrant appearance. Here at Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV, we offer this treatment for those who would like to rejuvenate their looks or prevent future skin problems from developing.
In a matter of minutes, we can treat you here in our office in a comfortable environment, and the effects, while temporary, can last a considerably long time, while the benefits for your skin with regular follow-ups may last even longer. So if you’re thinking about giving Botox a try for the first time, here’s how it works and how often you can return for additional treatments.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Botox is a medication that uses neurotoxins to relax various muscles of the face. It’s called an anti-aging therapy because relaxing these muscles can reduce the appearance of both lines and wrinkles, leading to a more radiant look. It’s administered using microneedle injections, which is an extremely safe process and one that normally takes less than five minutes, depending on how many areas you’d like treated.
After each injection, the treated muscles will normally begin to relax over time, which can make the skin appear softer and smoother and can diminish the appearance of nearby wrinkles. Botox can also stimulate collagen production, which also plays a role in the development of tough, wrinkly-looking skin when it decreases with old age. This therapy, therefore, has the ability to treat prominent wrinkles and fine lines in several different ways.
How Often Can You Get Botox?
How often you return for treatments will depend on different factors, including your aesthetic goals. If your reason for wanting this therapy is to reduce the appearance of wrinkles that have already appeared, then maintenance injections can take place as soon as three months after your initial appointment or up to six months later.
Our bodies are unique, and muscle tension, depth of lines in the skin, and collagen levels all differ from person to person, so patients respond to this medication differently. If your reason for seeking treatment is simply to prevent lines and wrinkles from forming later in life, then you may want to take a more cautious approach by having treatments done every three to four months, which is when the medication begins to wear off for most people.
What Is the Best Age to Get Started?
While patients prefer to start treatment in their 30s or 40s after wrinkles in the forehead, above the nose, or near the eyes have already appeared, many younger patients prefer to get a head start on their aesthetic goals by starting in their 20s. So there is no perfect age to start treatment, though it may be ideal to begin when you’re younger if you’re doing so for preventative reasons.
Once wrinkles appear, normally in your mid to late 30s, this therapy becomes both a corrective and preventive approach. The goal is then to correct the lines and wrinkles you currently have while preventing future ones from developing in the first place. However, the longer one waits to correct these types of issues, the more of a chance there is that existing lines will grow deeper and wrinkles will become more pronounced.
What Happens During Treatment?
Before starting treatment, we’ll carry out a pre-treatment discussion with you to assess any wrinkles or lines you may have to determine how much of this medication you’ll need for each location. We will also ask about any medical conditions you currently have or have previously had, as this helps to ensure that this option is right for you.
If you’ve had any prior surgeries that may be associated with the areas we’ll be treating, this will also be discussed during the consultation. We will also want to know about any medications you’re currently taking, as some may reduce the effectiveness of this treatment. You should speak to your healthcare provider before your appointment with us to discuss these medications and whether it’s safe to stop them temporarily.
Once we begin treatment, the areas to be treated will be cleaned and disinfected with a mild cleanser before any injections, and the injections themselves normally won’t take longer than a few minutes. The needles we use are microneedles, so there will be little to no pain other than possibly some slight, temporary discomfort.
What Issues Can Be Treated?
This therapy can be applied to many different muscles and areas of the face and body. Some of the more common types of lines and wrinkles we regularly treat include:
One of the more common locations where lines first appear with older age is the forehead. These lines, which are called glabellar lines, first appear in younger age, though only when making facial expressions. They can become much more noticeable and long-lasting as you get older. Luckily, this therapy can be highly effective for these types of lines.
These lines and wrinkles appear alongside both eyes and often aren’t noticeable with facial expressions until they become more prominent with older age. Smiling is one expression that can make crow’s feet develop much faster. By relaxing facial muscles in the areas near the eyes, Botox can diminish or eliminate the appearance of these lines and wrinkles.
When frowning, most people have vertical lines, known as frown lines, that show up between the eyebrows, which can eventually become more obvious later in life. We can treat the muscles just above the nose, the procerus and corrugator muscles, which often leads to significant improvements and smoother skin in these areas.
Bunny lines are those that appear as diagonal or vertical lines and wrinkles on your nose which extend down from the inner corners of both eyes. A muscle in your nose known as the nasalis muscle is responsible for these lines, and they get their name from the fact that bunnies are known for twitching their noses.
The area just above the lip is particularly susceptible to the signs of aging because less collagen is produced here, especially in older age. Lipstick lines are the vertical lines that appear in this area, both in men and women, and they can form over time because of activity from multiple muscles in this area.
Although these are some of the more common facial issues that we can treat, this therapy can be applied to many other areas and conditions. We’ll need to assess any current lines or wrinkles you have elsewhere to determine if this therapy can be effective for you.
How Long Will the Results Last?
After treatment, you can normally expect the results to last at least three to four months, though this timeframe may be extended as you continue to receive more treatments. It’s not uncommon for results to last as long as five to six months after you’ve been receiving continuous treatments for two years or longer. Botox can help you learn how to contract your muscles less frequently, which can keep fine lines and wrinkles from returning as quickly.
It’s also important to remain healthy, avoid excessive sunlight that might damage the skin, and maintain a nutritious diet, as all of these things can affect collagen production, which has a major impact on the appearance of your skin and the effectiveness of this medication. One of the reasons why this therapy is considered to be relatively safe is because the body naturally metabolizes it over time, so your metabolism can also influence its effects.
How Safe Is Botox?
Because the effects of this neurotoxin are temporary, it’s relatively safer than many other forms of treatment. It’s also not a systemic medication, meaning only small areas are treated and not the entire body. During the initial consultation and assessment, we can gauge how many units you’ll need for each muscle, making this option a precision-targeted one where only the muscles we intend to treat become relaxed.
Contact Us Today
Botox has given many of our patients their confidence back by reducing or eliminating noticeable lines and wrinkles while replenishing the skin’s naturally smooth texture. To explore this option and to discuss how it might benefit you, contact us today at Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV to schedule your initial appointment with us.