When it comes to fine lines and wrinkles or other signs of aging, BOTOX has become a trusted and reliable treatment to address these types of issues. Not only is it capable of minimizing the appearance of cosmetic imperfections, but the results can last a surprisingly long time. Here at Revive MD Center in Glen Allen, VA, we offer this treatment to address a wide range of skin issues, as its benefits extend far beyond just lines and wrinkles.
What Are the Benefits of BOTOX?
By reducing cosmetic issues, BOTOX can help a person improve everything from their appearance to how they feel. Here are just some of the many benefits that this therapy offers:
Reduces Puffy Wrinkles
Wrinkles associated with aging are normally caused by a decline in collagen levels and the skin being forced in different directions by nearby muscles. Once the muscles relax with this therapy, the skin can as well, and the result of this is normally fewer wrinkles.
Minimizes Fine Lines
Similar to wrinkles, facial muscles can contribute to fine lines as well, though lines can vary in depth from superficial ones on the surface to very deep creases. This therapy is normally very effective at treating the types of lines that are normally caused by a combination of aging and facial expressions.
Eases Facial Tension
Although many of our patients seek treatment for lines, wrinkles, or other noticeable imperfections, many report that their face feels surprisingly relaxed after treatment. Many of us hold stress in our faces as muscle tension, though this treatment can help some patients learn how to naturally maintain a relaxed face with time.
Smooths Skin Texture
BOTOX injections have been shown to stimulate collagen levels as well, though it can take some time for these effects to be noticed. Collagen helps to give our skin its soft yet firm texture, so you may notice improvements in your skin texture over time with regular treatment sessions.
Feeling great about your appearance again helps to boost your self-confidence, which others are likely to take notice of. When you’re confident about your looks, this can lead to improvements in many other aspects of both your social and work life.
What Is BOTOX Therapy?
BOTOX is an anti-aging injectable that’s injected directly into muscles to relax them. With multiple uses, it’s most commonly used to minimize fine lines and wrinkles on the face, and by relaxing facial muscles, it’s normally able to achieve this with great results. The areas of the face where it’s most often used include the forehead, above the nose, and around the eyes, though it’s used in many other areas throughout the body as well.
Improvements to your appearance can sometimes take a while to become noticeable, and they eventually wear off with time, so regular treatments are normally needed to keep the results. An added benefit of this therapy is that it can also stimulate collagen production in the skin, which can help improve the skin’s texture while the medication is treating tense muscles.
What Is the Best Age To Start This Therapy?
This therapy can be used for both corrective and preventative purposes, and while many issues can be corrected after they’ve developed, it’s best to start treatments early in life to take advantage of the preventative benefits. Those who start this treatment in their 20s or 30s are in the best position to prevent future issues from developing by receiving regular treatments every three to four months.
However, new lines, wrinkles, and other issues can develop at just about any age, so although the preventative effects are much more noticeable when starting early, it’s never too late to take a preventative approach.
What Happens During the Treatment Process?
The treatment process is a quick one that involves the following three steps:
Your consultation is an opportunity for you to ask us any questions you might have, as well as for us to examine your skin and muscles, ask about your medical history, and ensure that you have realistic expectations for this treatment and what it can do. We will also want to know if you’re taking any medications that might be contraindicated with this treatment, as those that affect your blood, such as anticoagulants, may not be safe with injections.
After your consultation, we can get started with your treatment immediately by cleaning the areas where injections will be made. Because we use a small needle for the injections, you shouldn’t experience any significant pain, but we can always provide a topical numbing solution upon request. After about 10 to 15 minutes, your treatment session will be over and you’ll be ready to go home.
Once you return home, you shouldn’t lie down right away because the medication will still be settling in the treated areas, so it’s a good idea to wait at least four hours before doing so. You also shouldn’t rub your face or carry out any strenuous exercise that can cause excessive sweating for about five days for the same reason. Other than this, you can go about your days as you normally would without a recovery period.
How Soon After Treatment Do the Effects Start?
The full effects of this medication usually start within 10 days after treatment, so while you may experience improvements in your appearance within just a few days, it may take a bit longer. A muscle-relaxing effect in the face is normally the first sign that the treatment is working.
This is then typically followed by visible improvements in appearance, including fewer lines and wrinkles. Those who have more muscle tone in the face may respond more slowly to this treatment, though there are many other factors that can affect this, including your genetics and metabolism.
How Long Do the Results Typically Last?
BOTOX’s effects are known for wearing off, but they typically last a long time before this happens. Most patients can expect to see improvements in their appearance for at least three to four months, at which point, additional treatments will be needed. The results can normally be maintained with regularly scheduled treatments, and those who have been receiving injections for more than a year often experience longer-lasting effects, with many seeing up to six months of results before needing retreatments.
Regular treatments every three to four months can help to retrain the muscles. Muscles that have been tight and tense because of chronic stress often become retrained to relax again, with less tension returning once the medication starts to wear off. This can help to extend the results by making it easier for this treatment to relax muscles while also retraining the muscles back to their normal, relaxed state.
What Types of Skin Issues Can Be Treated?
With this therapy, we commonly treat lines and wrinkles around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and across the forehead. These can be dynamic or static issues, which can differ in how they appear. Dynamic lines and wrinkles typically show up only when making facial expressions, so they’re more closely linked to the muscles of the face.
Static lines and wrinkles, which can start out as dynamic ones, are more permanent and are visible on the skin at all times. Although this treatment can be effective for both types, it’s more effective at treating dynamic lines and wrinkles in the areas mentioned. If you have cosmetic issues elsewhere, we can determine during your consultation if this treatment will be effective or if we should use another form of therapy.
What Makes This Treatment Safe?
This therapy is considered to be extremely safe for the following reasons:
The effects of this medication wear off with time, so you won’t have to worry about any permanent changes being made to your face.
No Incisions Made
This treatment only involves needles and no incisions, so there’s no healing time and no downtime. You can return to most of your usual activities immediately after the injections.
BOTOX is a highly localized medication, meaning that it stays within the area where it’s injected. We only use small amounts with each injection, so it can’t spread to other areas throughout the body the way other medications can.
Because the injections are performed as an outpatient treatment, you won’t have to stay the night anywhere. You’ll also be fully awake during your treatment session, so no sedatives are used.
Around the world, BOTOX has become the most popular injectable for treating lines and wrinkles. Millions of people have tried this therapy with excellent results and few adverse effects.
Get Started Today
BOTOX offers both corrective and preventative benefits for adults of all ages. To see how this therapy might help you, contact us today at Revive MD Center in Glen Allen, VA to schedule with us, and get ready to feel confident about your looks again.