No matter how well we’re able to care for and preserve our skin throughout our lives, signs of aging are bound to catch up with us.
The daily facial expressions we make can cause fine lines, creases, and wrinkles to develop around our eyes and forehead, and make us look angry, tired, or sad — even when we’re not. Sometimes, factors such as stress and genetics will bring out wrinkles and creases, and make us look and feel older than we really are.
Fortunately, cosmetic injectables have the ability to treat and reverse visible signs of aging, and can help restore an overall youthful appearance to the face. Botox, which is the top selling FDA-approved product of its kind in the world, can inhibit the contractions of muscles that contribute to wrinkles and creases, and produce a softer, smoother, and younger appearance.
Which areas can be treated with Botox?
Botox is commonly used to soften fine lines and wrinkles in your forehead and around the eyes — specifically crow’s feet and glabella, which are the “11 lines” between your brows. Sometimes, Botox is even used to relax tight neck bands, but it’s wise to consult with your cosmetic surgeon for recommendations on alternate treatments that can help you achieve your ideal look.
How does Botox work?
Botox is injected using a small, fine needle into the muscles on your face responsible for causing the contractions that lead to creases and wrinkles. Botulinum toxin, which is the active ingredient in Botox, prevents the nerve impulse from reaching those muscles and allows your muscles to relax so creases and wrinkles can become more softer and less noticeable. Results can last for up to several months before you need another treatment.
What is Botox treatment like?
Botox is an in-office treatment that usually takes up to 15 minutes to perform. You might experience slight discomfort during the injection that lasts for a few seconds, which goes away almost instantly following treatment. Afterwards, you can go home or resume your daily activities.
One of the major benefits to having Botox is the zero downtime associated with the procedure, The effects of Botox are so subtle that most people won’t know you’ve had Botox — you’ll simply look refreshed, vibrant, and younger within a few days of treatment.
Are there any alternatives to Botox?
Those interested in a different form of botulinum toxin treatment may want to consider Xeomin, which is similar to Botox, but contains no additives. Like Botox, Xeomin is effective at treating creases and wrinkles in the face and around the eyes.
If your goal is to restore volume in your face along with softening deep folds and creases, you may want to consider dermal filler treatments as well. Juvederm and Radiesse are dermal filler treatments that can plump lips, enhance shallow contours, and reverse visible signs of aging. Juvederm results can last up to 12 months, while Radiesse results can last up to two years.
Are you considering Botox or other dermal fillers? We’ve got you covered. Get all your questions answered with a consultation from one of the expert cosmetic surgeons at GLOW Surgical Arts. Schedule your consultation today!