Wrinkles and fine lines may be a natural part of the aging process, but that doesn’t make it any easier to see them staring back at you when you look in the mirror. However, there is a way you can turn back the effects of time on your skin with the most effective anti-aging drug on the market: Botox. It can help smooth away and even eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, which is why here at Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV, we offer this treatment to our patients who want to look like a younger, more confident version of themselves.
How Can You Eliminate Frown Lines and Wrinkles? Explore Botox
You probably already know about frown lines: the vertical lines that look like the number eleven and form right between your eyebrows. The medical term for these wrinkles is glabellar lines, and they are formed by a lifetime of frowning or furrowing your eyebrows; even squinting can cause these fine lines to appear. Most people believe that these wrinkles are impossible to get rid of once they form on your face. However, Botox targets these wrinkles and the muscles under the skin to erase them away and ultimately smooth your skin.
These cosmetic injections are so effective because they specifically target wrinkles and the muscles underneath them. After your treatment session, the fine lines and wrinkles will disappear because the injections work by relaxing the muscles, leaving your skin radiant and smooth. That’s why this FDA-approved treatment has been the most popular and effective against treating facial wrinkles for over 30 years.
What are Dynamic Wrinkles?
How Do Dynamic Wrinkles Develop?
There are two different ways for wrinkles to develop during the aging process. The first cause occurs when the skin starts to sag or droop due to a loss of laxity and elasticity. Essentially, the skin begins to fold in upon itself. The second is caused by repeated facial movements made throughout your life, which happen in the same way, creating deeper and deeper wrinkles. These types of wrinkles are called “dynamic wrinkles,” and Botox is designed to effectively target and treat these lines so they disappear, leaving your skin smooth and supple.
What Do Dynamic Wrinkles Look Like?
Frown lines aren’t the only types of wrinkles that form during the aging process. Some other common types of wrinkles include worry lines, also known as forehead wrinkles, and other wrinkles that can form above the nose and around the outside corners of the eyes. You also may notice that moving your facial muscles in specific ways can make these wrinkles look deeper or more pronounced.
Having dynamic wrinkles can age you or make you look sad or upset even when you’re not. This type of wrinkle has a very adverse effect on confidence levels to the point where some people avoid smiling or laughing to try to prevent the wrinkles from looking more prominent. That’s no way to live—which is why this treatment is such a great option for so many of our patients.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Botox is a neuromodulator treatment, which means that its job is to target and affect nerves within the body. This purified and safe formula is then injected into target areas under the skin using a micro-fine needle. It then disrupts the nerve signals so that your brain can no longer command them to form wrinkles.
Without those nerve signals, your muscles won’t be able to settle and form those fine lines and wrinkles. Instead, the muscles will remain in a relaxed, still position, and so will the skin over them. This relaxation smooths the outlying skin, so the fine lines and wrinkles are erased, and your skin looks youthful and radiant once more.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
Before Your Treatment
The first step to this treatment is scheduling an initial consultation at our office here in Reno so our aesthetics experts can discuss your ultimate goals and determine if you are a suitable candidate. First, we’ll go over your general medical history and look at any current prescriptions or medications you take, so we can ensure that you’re in a healthy condition and able to undergo this treatment.
Once we determine you’re a suitable candidate, our doctors will create a customized treatment plan for your particular aesthetics needs. Don’t worry because we won’t ask you to do much before your treatment session. For example, we’ll ask you to avoid drinking any alcohol prior to your treatment session and to avoid taking any blood-thinning medications.
On the Day of Your Treatment
On the day of your treatment, expect to come to our beautiful, state-of-the-art facility in Reno. First, we ask that you come wearing no makeup, and then we’ll apply a numbing cream to your face before your treatment session. The numbing cream combined with the micro-fine needles we use means that you’ll remain comfortable and pain-free during your treatment session. At most, you’ll feel a bit of pressure.
After we apply the numbing cream, you’ll undergo the actual treatment, which is a series of injections we’ll make according to the personalized treatment plan we set up earlier. In fact, the entire treatment session shouldn’t take longer than between ten and thirty minutes—that’s it!
After Your Treatment
Another great part of this treatment is that there is no downtime or recovery required after your session. You won’t need to take any time off work, and you won’t need a friend to drive you home or care for you at all. You can simply keep going about your day. In fact, many of our patients schedule treatment sessions during their lunch break.
However, we will give you a few different guidelines to ensure that your skin heals quickly and correctly. Typically, these guidelines include avoiding things like extreme heat, vigorous exercise, facial massages, and harsh chemicals for about 24 hours after your treatment session. As we mentioned earlier, you should also avoid alcohol consumption.
Will My Face Feel Numb After a Treatment Session?
There is a lot of misconception and confusion about whether this treatment causes numbness since it targets the facial nerves. However, you can rest easy, because you will have complete feeling in your face after your treatment session. Since this treatment works on motor neurons and not sensory neurons, you’ll still be able to feel and move your muscles normally. That’s because this treatment targets motor neurons, which are responsible for movement, instead of sensory neurons, which are responsible for feeling and sensation.
How Quickly Will You See Results?
You can expect to see results very quickly after your treatment session, anywhere from three days to six days. Optimal results will be in place about ten days after your treatment session. However, the exact results you will see depend on some factors. For one, lifestyle, skin tissue, and how your body processes the injectable all affect how quickly your results will show. So, even if you think the results seem a little slow to develop, rest assured that the final result will be more than worth it.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The results of this treatment usually last around three to four months. That means you can enjoy your smooth, supple skin for a long time before you need to schedule a touch-up session. However, please keep in mind that individual results may vary since every person is different.
Once you see the results start to fade, it’s time to schedule a maintenance session for a quick touch-up. Maintenance sessions are just as quick and easy as your initial treatment session. Then, you can enjoy your results all over again for another three or four months. Typically, our patients come in three or four times every year for treatment sessions.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Any healthy adult over the age of 21 and noticing moderate to severe wrinkles or lines is an excellent candidate for this treatment. Since dynamic wrinkles can occur to anybody, there is no “right” or “wrong” age to get this treatment. It’s a suitable treatment method for any gender, any skin tone, and any skin type.
However, some medical conditions or medications/supplements could prevent you from being a suitable candidate, which is why we take the time to go over your general medical history during your initial consultation. For instance, if you’re pregnant, planning on getting pregnant, or nursing, you should wait until you’re no longer in those conditions to get this treatment.
Smooth Away Wrinkles and Fine Lines Today
If you’re tired of seeing fine lines and wrinkles looking back at you in the mirror, then Botox is the treatment you’ve been looking for. Not only is this treatment safe and effective, but it helps you eliminate those frown lines and wrinkles, giving you smooth, radiant skin again. Contact us here at Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV, and schedule your initial consultation today. What are you waiting for?