When people want to get rid of wrinkles, there’s a reason they often turn to Botox. It has been providing effective results for decades and is a very well-recognized and respected treatment. At Still Waters Day and Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL, we’re pleased to offer this treatment to our patients and to go over any questions they have about it.
How Does Botox Get Rid of Wrinkles?
The Power of Muscle Relaxation
Using facial expressions is a significant way we express our emotions. Many people even tend to subconsciously make expressions to themselves when they’re alone, as their face mirrors their emotions. Each time you laugh at a joke, raise your eyebrows in shock or squint in the sun, you’re using your facial muscles. Over time, these repeated muscle contractions can begin to form wrinkles throughout the face. Botox can be used to help get rid of wrinkles like that.
Our facial muscles rely on nerve signals. The signals tell them when they need to contract. This treatment interrupts those signals, so the treated muscles remain in a state of relaxation. This relaxation smooths out the skin that’s resting over your facial muscles and helps dramatically improve the appearance of certain wrinkles.
Reasons To Get Regular Treatments
Since this treatment works through muscle relaxation, getting regular treatments can help not only maintain your results but actually improve your results and help them last longer. Since the injection uses muscle relaxation to work, consistent treatment helps your muscles adapt to their relaxed state. Over time, this can help the muscles remain still for longer after treatment.
Of course, you don’t have to come in on a set schedule if you don’t want to. Some patients prefer to schedule regular appointments so they maintain their results, while others prefer to wait and seek out treatment whenever they feel like it. We will do our best to accommodate whatever works best for you.
How Often Can You Get Treatment?
About Every Four Months
While the longevity of your results may depend on several individual factors, most patients can expect their treatment results to last for about four months. Some patients may notice visual benefits for a little longer, especially if they have been receiving consistent treatments.
Having a good relationship and communication with your provider can help you work together with them to find the right treatment schedule. Our team’s experience helps give us a pretty good idea of what to expect, but we also know that each patient is unique. We want each of our patients to be thrilled with their treatment, and we’re happy to work with you to find the right course of action.
Factors That Can Affect Treatment
There are some additional factors that can play a role in the treatment’s longevity. Patients who receive more units per treatment may notice more dramatic results, as smaller dosages tend to wear off a bit faster than larger ones.
Anything that negatively affects your skin’s collagen production can also affect your treatment’s longevity. For that reason, smoking or vaping with nicotine can reduce the longevity of your results. Other factors such as the severity of the treated wrinkles, and even the treatment location can slightly alter your timeline. A consultation will help us give you a more personalized estimate.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Patients of Any Gender
It’s common to see cosmetic treatments primarily marketed toward women. The truth is that patients of any gender can enjoy the benefits of this versatile injectable.
Almost Any Age
There isn’t any perfect age to start treatment. Anyone who is over 18 and either wants to prevent or get rid of wrinkles could be a good candidate.
There are many young adults who receive treatment to help “train” their skin, rest their facial muscles, and help delay the onset of wrinkles. Older patients who already have wrinkles will seek out treatment to reduce their wrinkles and improve their confidence. We can go over your expectations and goals when you come in to meet us.
What Can Be Treated?
Wrinkles and Lines
Dynamic wrinkles are the lines that show up when we make expressions. Eventually, these lines become “static,” meaning they permanently rest on the face, even when the patient is making a neutral expression. This treatment is an excellent way to manage these lines and wrinkles, whether they are mild or severe.
Frown lines can form a single or double line vertically between your eyebrows. They’re sometimes called “11 lines.” Patients with frown lines sometimes feel as though these lines can make them look stern or serious, even when their face is relaxed.
When the muscles under these lines are relaxed, the lines are able to smooth back over. This helps the patient to achieve a more open resting expression.
Laugh lines or crow’s feet can curve out from the outer corners of the eyes. As they develop, they may extend down to the cheekbone. The appearance of laugh lines can be effectively managed by gently treating this isolated area.
This is one of the most popular areas to treat. Forehead lines are often the first mental image someone has when they think of the word “wrinkles.” Years of using our eyebrows for almost every expression can wear down the skin of our foreheads, and create lasting horizontal lines. Smoothing over these wrinkles can help shave years off of a patient’s face.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Is It Made Of?
The process of making Botox starts with a toxin that’s produced by a bacterium called Clostridium Botulinum. This toxin can be processed to both purify and refine it, so it’s safe for use. This newly purified toxin can then be used for cosmetic purposes, or even to treat certain health conditions such as spasms, excessive sweating, and more.
2. Can I Combine Different Treatments?
Before combining treatments, we’ll make sure the treatments are safe to use together. That said, Botox is often used together with various other treatments to give patients a powerful boost for their results.
Using it together with dermal fillers can help manage skin laxity, volume loss, wrinkles, and texture concerns at the same time. This approach is sometimes called a liquid facelift. If you’re interested in various treatments used together, feel free to ask us about them. We can take a look at your skin condition and your desired results before we offer advice about whether or not to combine treatments.
3. Is This Treatment Safe?
Rigorous testing, extensive studies, and decades of use have all supported the safety of this treatment. That said, if you have any concerns or questions about it, we would be happy to answer them.
4. Can People Treat Themselves?
When in the hands of experienced and qualified professionals, this treatment is considered very safe. When someone doesn’t have the proper knowledge, qualifications, or experience to administer treatment, they should never attempt to inject themselves or anyone else. In the US, you can only buy this product if you have a state-issued physician’s license.
If you don’t have a license and are able to purchase a product claiming to be Botox, you may not be actually buying the product you think you are. On top of that risk, injecting the treatment requires training and skill. You could damage your face or even put your health at risk by trying it yourself. It’s not worth the risk to try this on your own – trust your skin and your health to professional, legal, and qualified care.
5. How Are Dermal Fillers Different?
Botox is able to smooth out wrinkles by blocking nerve signals. Dermal fillers are used to restore lost volume, so they can fill in wrinkles and hollows throughout the face. We offer both treatments here, and both treatments can be very effective either on their own or together, based on the patient’s needs.
If you’re not sure which treatment you’d like to pursue, we’d be happy to assist. It can be difficult to choose the right option on your own, which is why seeking out professional advice can be so helpful.
Ready To Get Rid of Wrinkles?
Our team prides itself in providing quality care and a wide range of options for each of our patients. When it comes to your confidence and the health of your skin, we know how important it is to feel confident about your treatment. That’s why we welcome you to contact us at Still Waters Day and Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL, today to set up a consultation.