Do you notice wrinkles forming when you make different facial expressions? These lines can form around your mouth, eyes, between your brows, and on your forehead. Over time, they deepen and become more noticeable, which can leave you feeling self-conscious about your appearance. While wrinkles are a natural part of aging, you don’t need to live with them. Botox is the premier solution to wrinkles formed by expressions and effectively restores your younger appearance almost instantly. Botox is proudly offered by Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV.
What Is Botox?
Botox has become a household name thanks to its well-deserved success in the beauty and cosmetic industry. However, some people only know about this treatment due to its undeserved reputation for “freezing” faces when injected by untrained suppliers.
This treatment is a cosmetic injectable neurotoxin containing a diluted botulinum toxin designed to help relax your muscles. It’s most often used between your eyebrows and around your eyes but can treat other areas of your face and is a common treatment method for hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating, as well as chronic migraines.
The main goal of a Botox treatment is preventing your muscles from moving to form the wrinkles and deep lines created by repetitive expressions. By blocking the nerve impulses to localized areas of your face, you won’t make the same expressions, and your skin will have a more youthful, smooth appearance as a result.
In the world of cosmetic treatments, Botox is viewed as one of the pioneering treatments for wrinkles. Over the past years, millions of people have seen excellent results. The neurotoxin used is safe and comes with only a very slim chance of any negative side effects. Injections are quick and patients may ask their doctor for a topical anesthetic cream before treatment to lessen the sensation. The results appear over a few days and can last between 3-6 months before another treatment is needed to maintain your ideal appearance.
Best of all, this treatment offers you the chance to laugh, cry, and express every other emotion you feel without worrying about how you appear to others. You’ll be able to make your natural, normal expressions, but wrinkles and lines will be smoothed, giving you newfound confidence. While people will notice that you appear younger, they won’t know that you had treatment unless you tell them. You’ll feel younger, more attractive, and more self-assured after treatment, letting you focus on the more important things in life instead of stubborn wrinkles and lines.
Frequently Asked Questions
When considering this treatment, most people have a few common questions about what to expect. It’s important to discuss your questions, concerns, and ideal results with your doctor, who can give you advice based on your unique circumstances. However, here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about this treatment.
Does It Really Erase All of My Wrinkles?
Before scheduling your first appointment, it’s important to set reasonable expectations so that you and your doctor can select the best options for you. Botox is designed to treat wrinkles caused by expression–that is, wrinkles connected to muscle movement. By relaxing your muscles for a period of time, your wrinkles are effectively erased due to lack of movement. However, this treatment cannot erase all of the wrinkles on your face.
Static wrinkles, which are the wrinkles you see in the mirror when your face is not moving or expressing, are not connected to muscle movement. There are plenty of treatments available to address these wrinkles as well as wrinkles caused by expression. You can talk to your doctor about what they recommend during an initial consultation to ensure that you achieve your goals.
Will It Freeze My Face?
This is undoubtedly the most popular question patients ask their doctors when they’re considering this treatment. Critics claim that this treatment causes a distinct loss of personality and expression from your face due to a smaller range of movement. While it’s true that the neurotoxin reduces some movement, this effect is restricted to the muscles in the target treatment area.
This means that this treatment will not affect your other facial muscles or overall facial expressions. You’ll be able to react and communicate just as you always have. The only difference will be a noticeable absence of fine lines and wrinkles in your expressions, leaving you looking younger and feeling more like yourself. It’s crucial to seek out a dedicated professional when pursuing treatment. Untrained suppliers could use more than the recommended amount of product, which is how patients end up with “frozen” faces rather than a natural smoothing of wrinkles.
How Does It Feel?
Most patients express concern about the way treatment will leave them feeling. After all, won’t it be strange to move only some of your facial muscles? After treatment, Botox takes 3-5 days to kick in and 2 weeks to completely affect your muscles in the intended way. When this happens, you may feel like you have duct tape on your forehead as your muscles remain relaxed and in the same position even while you express.
Your skin may feel tight at the beginning as the neurotoxins take effect and your body adjusts. However, you’ll soon become used to the sensation. Many people spend a few minutes making faces in the mirror to see how their face responds when they make expressions. This is the perfect time to see exactly what your face looks like when you are unable to move the targeted muscles. Once again, your expressions and movements will be completely natural. You’ll likely notice that you are the only one aware of how the treatment has affected your face.
How Many Units Do I Need?
This question should be directed to your doctor. They’ll need to evaluate your face, wrinkles, and ideal results during your consultation. However, it’s a good thing to remember that since this treatment is administered in units, keeping track of how many units your doctor uses to achieve the results you desire can help you in the long run. With your doctor, you may want to experiment by increasing or decreasing the number of units to see how this affects your wrinkles. This way, you can find the perfect medium and the most natural-looking results.
Beyond this, it can be helpful to know the number of units you prefer in order to tell future treatment providers the dosage which works for you. Many people who move or travel for an extended period of time find that they need to start from scratch each time they want to pursue treatment. By knowing the number of units that give you your desired results, you can go to each appointment confident that you’ll see your ideal results every time.
How Does It Work?
This treatment is fairly straightforward thanks to its non-invasive nature and zero-downtime recovery. However, it’s important to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions during each phase of treatment to ensure the best results possible. You should feel free to ask your doctor any questions you may have at any point during your treatment process.
The first step in your journey to saying goodbye to wrinkles is an initial consultation with your doctor. This appointment allows your doctor to examine your face in person and determine whether this treatment is right for you. In addition, it gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you have about treatment, recovery, and expected results. Your doctor will take note of the location and severity of wrinkles and fine lines which can be targeted with this treatment. They will also be able to recommend different courses of treatment for static wrinkles, which will not be affected by this treatment.
You should be prepared to disclose your medical history, any known medical conditions, and any other facial procedures or treatments you’ve had done in the past which may impact the success of this treatment. Your doctor may also ask about your skincare routine to ensure that you don’t use products that could interact negatively with this treatment. Once your doctor is satisfied with your candidacy for treatment, you can begin preparing for your first appointment.
This treatment requires minimal preparation, making it easy to fit it into your busy schedule. You should stop taking blood-thinning medications like ibuprofen and aspirin, along with some blood-thinning herbal remedies, about 1 week before your appointment to reduce your risk of bruising after treatment. You should also avoid alcohol a few days before treatment. If you are a regular smoker, avoiding smoking for at least 2 weeks before treatment can help your body heal more quickly after the injections.
Finally, you should take care to protect your skin by using a mild cleanser, avoiding harsh exfoliants which could irritate the skin, and applying sunscreen daily to shield your skin from harmful sun exposure, which causes an estimated 90% of all common skin concerns, including wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer. Your doctor may give you additional instructions to follow based on your specific situation.
On the day of your appointment, cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove all dirt and makeup. Your doctor will make sure your skin is clean and healthy before applying a topical anesthetic, if requested, and beginning the injections. You may feel a small pinch from the needle, but even without anesthetic, most patients report that any discomfort during treatment is minimal. Depending on the areas you’ve chosen to treat, your appointment could take between 10-30 minutes.
Once your doctor has finished, you’ll be given your aftercare instructions. You’re able to leave your appointment and return to your normal activities immediately with no downtime.
For the first few days after treatment, you may notice some lingering tenderness at the injection sites. This is normal and can be addressed with painkillers. Continue to avoid blood-thinning medications for 24 hours after treatment to keep your skin from bruising. In addition, for the first 6 hours, you should not lie down, as this can disturb the distribution of the neurotoxin. Keep your head level and avoid bending over for 2 hours. You may wear makeup the day after treatment, but don’t apply makeup to your skin by pressing, rubbing, or patting it on to avoid irritating the injection sites.
For the next 24 hours, avoid strenuous exercise. You can resume your normal skincare routine as long as your doctor has approved all your normal products. You should plan to avoid additional facial treatments, such as laser treatment, chemical peels, or microdermabrasion, for about 2 weeks. Finally, you can keep your skin happy and healthy as it heals by drinking plenty of water and applying a gentle moisturizer.
About 3-5 days after your injections, you may feel the effects of the treatment begin to develop. This can feel like a piece of tape pressed on your skin, restricting a small amount of movement when you make your normal facial expressions. About 2 weeks after your appointment, you should notice that the targeted muscles no longer move as dramatically when you move the rest of your face. This minimizes the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines connected to expressions caused by these muscles, leaving your skin smooth no matter which emotion you’re feeling.
By this time, the injection sites should be completely healed and you can enjoy your new look. Most patients experience results lasting 3-6 months. Since this treatment only temporarily disables targeted facial muscles, follow-up appointments are common. Patients usually create a personalized treatment plan with their doctor, which includes 1 appointment every 3-4 months to maintain their ideal results and prevent the formation of additional wrinkles from expressions.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
This treatment is perfect for men and women of all ages. While it can help smooth the appearance of wrinkles, this treatment can also help you prevent the development of wrinkles by keeping your muscles relaxed. Many patients begin treatments between the ages of 25-30 to combat signs of aging early. However, if you have already developed wrinkles, this treatment can help minimize their appearance and temporarily turn back the hands of time to make you look younger in just a couple weeks.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of static wrinkles, you may want to discuss alternative options with your doctor, as this treatment can only address wrinkles caused by muscle movement. In addition, you may not be an ideal candidate if you are pregnant, nursing, or have a neurological disease. You should consult your doctor to determine your candidacy for treatment.
Ready to say goodbye to wrinkles with Botox? Contact the professionals at Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you!