It’s no secret that Botox has become a popular option for minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles, as more and more people around the world are opting for this treatment. Here at Rejuvené MD in El Paso, TX, we’ve successfully treated many different cosmetic issues using this therapy, including many of the usual signs of aging. With both its corrective and preventative benefits, Botox therapy offers skin-enhancing benefits for adults of all ages.
What Is the Right Age to Get Botox?
This therapy can be ideal at just about any age, but for those who want to prevent wrinkles and lines from forming, it should be started when a person is in their 20s or early 30s. Although it’s known as a corrective treatment that helps to minimize the signs of aging, getting started earlier in life with regular treatments three to four times a year can prevent some of these issues from forming.
While starting early can be an ideal scenario for younger patients when their skin hasn’t noticeably aged yet, even those who are older or middle-aged can still reap some of the preventative benefits of this therapy, as we continue to age and take on new lines and wrinkles even in our senior years.
What Is Botox Therapy?
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a medication used in the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines. Although this neurotoxin occurs in nature, it’s also made in labs and has become the most popular anti-aging treatment available today. Not only is it capable of reducing lines and wrinkles, but it can also prevent them. It works by relaxing facial muscles while boosting collagen production, both of which can lead to less prominent-looking grooves in the skin.
What Types of Lines Does it Treat?
Before deciding whether this treatment is right for you, it’s important to understand what types of lines it’s most effective for. Dynamic lines and static lines are two different types of lines that appear on the face for different reasons. Botox can be effective for both types but is more likely to have a greater effect on dynamic lines for different reasons. Here’s a quick breakdown of how these two types of lines differ:
Lines that quickly appear on the face while making certain facial expressions are called dynamic lines. Because muscle contractions are mainly responsible for their development, this therapy can be extremely effective in minimizing and even eliminating these types of lines temporarily.
Lines that become permanently fixed in the skin are called static lines, and while facial expressions can play a role in their formation, other factors that lead to a reduction of collagen in the skin can also be responsible. Although static lines have been known to respond to this treatment in some cases, they are often better treated with a combination of cosmetic therapies that may or may not include Botox.
What Should I Expect During My Appointment?
Discussion and Exam
Before getting started with your therapy, we’ll want to discuss your skincare goals and go over any expectations you have regarding treatment. We’ll explain what this medication can and cannot do while also examining any current skin conditions you have to see if this treatment is right for you.
During this quick skin exam, we’ll assess your muscles to see how tense or relaxed they are and how strongly they contract. We’ll examine their size and we’ll look at the skin around them to see how the muscles interact with it. All of this helps us to develop a treatment plan that’s personalized for you, so we can inject the most optimal amounts of this medication in the most precise areas where it’ll have the greatest effect.
The therapy session itself normally begins with a sterilization process where we’ll clean the areas in and around the injection sites before injecting the muscles with the medication. A microneedle will be used, which is a small gauge needle that should lead to no pain and typically only leaves temporary red dots at the injection sites for a day or two.
Each injection we make normally takes less than a minute, and most muscles require multiple injections. The entire process is quick and easy and is normally over in less than 15 minutes.
Is There Any Downtime With This Treatment?
This is a minimally invasive, nonsurgical treatment, so there is no downtime, and you will be able to do regular everyday activities immediately after your therapy session. If you need to return to work or drive home, you should have no problem doing so, and you can move about as you normally would.
The only exception is that we recommend you don’t do any strenuous exercise for at least four hours after treatment to ensure the medication stays in one place and doesn’t move to other nearby areas, which can weaken results. We’ll also provide you with some at-home self-care instructions to optimize the effects of this medication, but there’s no recovery period after your therapy session.
Will It Affect My Facial Expressions?
While Botox can retrain the muscles to contract in a way that’s gentler on the skin, it shouldn’t affect your ability to make facial expressions. A common myth is that this medication can “freeze” the face by preventing you from making all facial expressions.
We only use conservative amounts of this medication with each injection, and the injections themselves are very precise, where only the treated areas will normally be affected. For this reason, you will still be able to smile, laugh, and frown as you normally would, though your face may feel more relaxed if you’ve had long-standing muscle tension prior to treatment.
How Long Do the Effects Last?
While this medication normally begins to work within 10 days after treatment, the effects themselves are normally temporary, and you can expect them to last about three to four months. This time frame is sometimes longer for those who have received regularly scheduled treatments for more than a year.
This medication can increase collagen levels in the skin while retraining the muscles to contract in a natural, more relaxed way. With more collagen circulating in the skin, lines and wrinkles don’t form as easily, so it’s not unusual for the effects to last as long as five or six months in those who have been receiving treatments for a long time.
How Often Will I Need Additional Treatments?
How often you decide to return to us for additional treatments is your choice, but you shouldn’t have to return for at least three months. This is when some patients first start to notice the effects of the medication wearing off. It’s your choice if you’d rather have regularly scheduled injections every three to four months or if you’d like to take a wait-and-see approach and only schedule appointments when you notice lines and wrinkles returning or becoming more noticeable.
If you opt to have regular maintenance appointments, then you may not need to schedule them quite as frequently after a few years. Many of our patients have noticed that the effects last for longer durations after the first two years of regular treatments, with some only needing to return for touch-ups every six months. This is because there are some cumulative effects seen with regular treatments where the body learns to naturally reduce tension and muscle contractions over time.
How Safe Is This Therapy?
Botox is considered to be a safe treatment, and this is true for both short- and long-term use. This medication is used for many different health conditions because of its safety profile, though its use as an anti-aging therapy involves much smaller amounts than many of its other uses.
The needles we use are incredibly small and should not result in any pain other than a minor pinprick feeling, and data on this treatment going back multiple decades shows that adverse events are extremely rare.
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Safe, quick, and effective, Botox therapy has helped millions of adults regain lost confidence by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while revitalizing the skin. To see if you’re a good candidate for this treatment or to discuss our other options, contact us today at Rejuvené MD in El Paso, TX to schedule your initial consultation.