Botox is one of the most well-known facial treatment methods when it comes to improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment involves injecting a medically developed fluid into different areas of the face. The treatment freezes the muscles where they are to prevent wrinkles from becoming deeper. This process allows patients to use Botox as a way to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, brow lines, and other lines in the face for anywhere between four to six months. Contact our team at Still Waters Day and Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL today to schedule an initial consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does Botox Last?
Botox injections are not permanent, but they do last for a couple of months. This is not a permanent treatment method, which is why you can have more than one treatment session within a year. Most injections last between four and six months before they start to wear off. The injections wear off at different times based on a variety of factors, including where you received your injections. Different areas of the face break down the injections at different speeds. Your doctor will be able to discuss exactly what you should expect before, during, and after your treatment.
What Factors Influence How Long Botox Lasts?
Although this is a popular treatment method, there are multiple factors that influence how long you’ll see your desired results. Different areas of the face break down the injections at different speeds. Other factors that can influence your results include:
- How old you are
- The amount of elasticity in your skin
- How deep the fine lines and wrinkles are
Although this treatment is great at reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the injections probably won’t be able to erase the lines completely. However, this treatment method can give you a smoother and more youthful-looking appearance.
How Does This Treatment Actually Work?
There’s a common misconception about this treatment method and what it does to your face. Some people think it’s a filler that fills in fine lines and wrinkles to reveal a smoother complexion. There are treatments that can do that, but botox isn’t one of them. This particular treatment method freezes the muscles in your face to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from getting worse. This treatment puts a pause button on the small muscles in your face to slow down the processes that create fine lines and wrinkles.
Will My Face Look Frozen?
No, your face will not look frozen. This is a big misconception with this treatment method. Although this method involves freezing different areas of the face, it doesn’t freeze your entire face from top to bottom. Your face will still move and respond, just not as much as before.
This treatment freezes the small muscles in the face and makes reactions, such as frowning, less extreme. This process of freezing the small muscles that cause fine lines and wrinkles prevents the wrinkles around different areas of your face from worsening because of these repetitive movements.
What Does the Treatment Feel Like?
Everyone wonders what botox is really like. It isn’t painful or scary! This treatment is very popular and used by a wide range of adults at different ages and stages in their lives. This treatment involves making small injections in different areas of the face to freeze small muscles. The injection sites will be filled with a medically formulated liquid that safely stops the movement of different muscles that control your face when you smile or frown.
This method does not involve one large injection. Instead, the injections are spread out and strategically placed to effectively freeze the muscles behind large lines, such as a brow line. This process feels very similar to acupuncture. It’s a pain-free treatment method that’s administered in a short period of time.
If you’re very sensitive to needles, ask our team about the use of numbing cream. By applying numbing cream before the treatment, we can successfully make you comfortable while completing the treatment.
How Long Will It Take to See Results?
It takes roughly a week before your injections to fully settle and reveal a more youthful glow. After about seven days, you may feel a tight sensation in the areas of your face where you received treatment, but this sensation will diminish over time. As the botox starts to wear off, you’ll gain back more movement in different areas of your face.
In the two to three weeks after your treatment, you’ll notice that some subtle movement returns to your face around the injection sites. Some people don’t experience any subtle movement at all, while others notice more movement much later. This all depends on your skin and a variety of other factors, such as your age.
After four months to six months, you’ll notice that more movement will return to your face. This means that it could be time for another treatment session. Depending on your goals and how deep-set your wrinkles are, you may want to schedule frequent appointments to achieve your desired results.
If at any time after your treatment, you have any questions about how you’re feeling, call us at 850-470-1944. We’d be more than happy to answer your questions surrounding post-treatment expectations.
Will This Treatment Make My Fine Lines and Wrinkles Disappear?
Although this treatment method can reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, it’s not used to completely remove the look of lines and wrinkles. This treatment is better used as a preventive treatment to stop fine lines and wrinkles from becoming worse.
The treatment itself freezes the muscles in the face to prevent further wear and tear in popular areas like your forehead and brow lines. Depending on your goals, age, skin elasticity, and other factors, our team will help you determine how many sessions will give you the results you’re looking for. If you have deeper lines and wrinkles, our team may recommend multiple sessions over time.
How Frequently Can You Get Injections?
Depending on your age, skin, and previous treatment sessions, our team and doctors will be able to determine how often you should schedule your treatments. Based on your skin and your goals, we’ll create a treatment schedule that gives you the results you’re looking for.
Some individuals only need one or two treatments to achieve their goals. Others may benefit from a more long term treatment schedule. Overall, Botox treatments can be performed every four to six months. After you’ve received multiple treatments, you can go for longer periods between appointments.
That means you could go for six months or more between treatments once you achieve your desired results. This allows you to upkeep your look without making multiple appointments in a year.
What Are the Potential Side Effects?
With this treatment method, there are little to no side effects. The side effects that are possible after injections are very mild. Some side effects can include minor swelling, some redness, and minor bruising of the skin.
However, this is usually not the case, especially if you follow our instructions after your treatment. The injections will settle over the next few days after your appointment before you’ll see the end results that you’re looking for.
How Should You Prepare for Your Treatment?
Since this treatment method involves injections, you should avoid taking any medication before that thins your blood. This includes ibuprofen and aspirin. Our team will go over all of your current medications with you to let you know if there are any medications you should avoid taking before your appointment.
The goal of botox treatments is to look refreshed and youthful. When you take blood-thinning medication before your appointment, this treatment could leave you looking bruised instead of glowing.
Is There Any Downtime After This Treatment?
This treatment method is a minimally invasive treatment that can be performed within a couple of minutes. Since it’s performed in a short period of time with only a few injection sites, you don’t have to worry about downtime at all. Even though there’s no downtime, you should avoid altering your injection sites until they’ve had time to settle. By allowing the injection sites to settle naturally, you can achieve the best results possible.
What to Avoid After Your Treatment
It’s recommended that you avoid laying down for at least four to six hours after the treatment. This allows the fluid that was injected to freeze your muscles to start working right where they’re intended to. If you lay down too quickly after your treatment appointment, the fluid could move to different areas of your face that you don’t want frozen.
Additionally, you should stay away from harsh exfoliators, facial peels, and skincare products after your treatment. This will allow your skin to settle and the injection sites to heal before you apply any products to your face. The massaging and circular motions involved when you apply products to your face could move the injected fluid.
How Expensive is This Treatment?
The price point for each treatment depends on how much fluid you’re getting injected into the different areas of your face. Since this treatment method consists of small injections into areas where fine lines and wrinkles are more apparent, the price point can range from $200 to $500.
A single injection can range from $6 to $8 dollars, but this treatment is made up of a variety of injections into different areas of the face. So, that initial $6 or $8 or $12 dollars turns into $200 dollars very quickly. Most treatments fall within the $200 to $300 range, which may sound pricey at first. But, each treatment lasts anywhere from four to six months.
What Happens if I Don’t Like the Results?
The upside and downside to this treatment is that it’s not a permanent fix. If you want to reduce the look of crow’s feet or your brow line, but aren’t sure about if you’re going to like the results or not, don’t worry. After four to six months, the fluid that was injected will break down and your face will slowly go back to normal.
Get Started for Yourself!
Depending on your goals and desired results, this treatment method can help you achieve a smoother, younger, and more rejuvenated looking face. This treatment is not permanent, but it does last anywhere between four and six months. Although it’s not a permanent solution, it works well as a preventive treatment to reduce the overall appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Some people may benefit from multiple treatments over a long period of time before reaching your desired results, while others may only need one to two treatments. To schedule an appointment, contact our team at Still Waters Day and Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL today.