Each time you squint in the sunlight or raise your eyebrows in surprise, anger or sadness, small creases etch themselves into the skin. When we are younger, these furrows disappear the moment we release tension in our forehead. However, as we age, these lines – known as "dynamic wrinkles" – start to become a permanent fixture, causing us to constantly look angry, sad or just plain old. But BOTOX® Cosmetic can change all that. This FDA-approved injectable skin treatment relaxes muscles in the forehead, causing wrinkles to fade or even disappear in a matter of days. The results last about three months until another injection is needed to maintain your smoother, more youthful look.
Who Needs It
The best candidate for BOTOX Cosmetic is a man or woman who is bothered by visible wrinkles between the eyebrows or on the forehead. This treatment may also be effective in softening the appearance of "crow's feet" on the sides of the eyes. Keep in mind that results from BOTOX treatments are temporary.
Preparing for Your Treatment
One of the best things about having a BOTOX treatment is that it does not require extensive preparation in advance. You'll have a brief consultation where your skin health and cosmetic goals are reviewed, and if you are a good candidate for non-surgical wrinkle reduction, your treatment can be performed at the same visit.
Having a BOTOX Treatment
BOTOX Cosmetic takes only a few minutes to administer, with several injections placed directly into the facial muscles that have created your dynamic wrinkles. Almost all patients have only minor discomfort when the injections take place, with no lasting discomfort.
After being treated with BOTOX, it's likely you won't see a change in your facial appearance initially. However, after 2 or 3 days the lines on your face will begin to soften – this is a sign that your treated facial muscles have begun to relax. Keep in mind that experiences vary. Optimal results are achieved after about 2 weeks and you can expect your smoother, younger look to last several months before a follow-up treatment is required.
What is BOTOX®, and how does it differ from dermal fillers?
BOTOX Cosmetic is botulinum toxin that temporarily relaxes the facial muscles responsible for dynamic wrinkles around the eyes and forehead, such as frown lines and crow's feet.
Dermal fillers help fill in wrinkles caused by loose skin or diminished facial volume. They are used on all areas of the face, often to enhance lips or fill in nasolabial folds, as well as to replenish lost volume in the cheeks or under the eyelids. Certain fillers work better than others on differing parts of the face, and a careful analysis needs to be performed to determine what will work best for you.
Neither BOTOX nor dermal fillers require extensive preparation before treatment at MediSpa on Main. The best way to determine which treatment is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our specialist. Your questions will be answered, and a specialized treatment plan will be designed to meet your individual needs.