Botox® injections currently rank among the most popular and trusted options in cosmetic restoration. After all, these treatments take less than 20 minutes to complete, and they’re also capable of producing remarkable results without requiring any significant downtime or aftercare. If you have fine lines and wrinkles at your mouth and eyes, or traveling vertically between your brows, below is more information about the impressive, rejuvenating power of this treatment.
What Botox® Is and Why Countless People Are Using It
Botox® is an FDA-approved injectable that was carefully developed in a lab. This purified protein is a fast-acting treatment that’s capable of blocking the nerve signals that control specific muscle groups. When it is carefully inserted into select facial areas, this solution can temporarily relax the muscles that are responsible for the formation of dynamic wrinkles. Countless people throughout the world use this treatment as a regular part of their self-care routines. That’s because these treatments take mere minutes to perform, entail minimal risk, and can dramatically reduce the visible signs of facial aging.
Facial Expression and Botox®
Laughing, smiling, and frowning are some of the many facial activities that can lead to the development of tension in the underlying muscles that ultimately causes dynamic wrinkling. When Botox® releases this tension by forcing local muscles to relax, the surface skin gradually smooths out. Most people see noticeable improvements in their dynamic wrinkles immediately after their procedures. Moreover, additional improvements can continue to appear for up to five days following a treatment as the effects of this purified protein solution fully settle in.
What Are Dynamic Wrinkles Really?
Dynamic wrinkles are facial creases that are the direct result of repeated facial movements. They are caused in large part by the slow accumulation of muscle tension. This tension places ongoing pressure on the smooth layer of collagen that supports the skin. As people grow older and their skin becomes drier and more fragile, this collagen dries out. This in turn leads to the formation of tiny cracks that manifest as new lines and creases at the skin’s surface.
Just below the many layers of dermis that make up your skin lies a smooth layer of collagen. This highly valuable substance contributes to the supple, elastic, and ultimately youthful appearance of your skin. Unfortunately, as you grow older, your body’s natural production of new collagen will invariably start to slow down. More importantly, your existing collagen stores will begin to form tiny cracks as the result of repetitive movements. Over time, these cracks will become visible at the skin’s surface, especially when your facial muscles are in motion. Temporarily immobilizing the muscles that create and exacerbate these cracks, and releasing the surrounding muscle tension, is how Botox® creates a smooth, youthful-looking visage in just minutes.
How Is Dynamic Wrinkling Different from Static Wrinkling?
Dynamic wrinkles are only visible when your facial muscles are actually moving. As soon as your face relaxes, crow’s feet, perioral creases or vertical wrinkles around your mouth, and frown lines at the middle of your brow will be naturally released. Once you make another facial expression, however, these dynamic lines will instantly return. Conversely, static wrinkles are always apparent. Whether you’re calm and serene, angry, or beaming from ear to ear, static lines will remain present and noticeable.
These are wrinkles that are caused by age-related facial volume loss. As natural collagen production declines and the skin begins to break down, many people develop deep creases along their nasolabial folds. In some extreme cases, nasolabial creasing can extend all the way from the outer edges of the nostrils to the base of the chin. These highly conspicuous wrinkles are frequently referred to as marionette lines. When static wrinkling is severe, sagging skin can also appear along the jawline, and deep and continuously visible lines can mar the brow. Botox® is not capable of reversing these facial changes. Fortunately, in these cases, innovations in dermal filler technologies allow for an equally fast and equally effective anti-aging treatment. In fact, Botox® and top-rated dermal fillers are frequently paired together to erase both dynamic and static wrinkles at one time. These treatments are often referred to as “liquid face lifts”. They produce dramatic results with minimal risk, nominal downtime, and zero aftercare.
How Botox® Improves Both Confidence and Overall Marketability
The world is becoming increasingly appearance-conscious. As such, initial judgments in both the social and the professional arenas are commonly based on looks alone. If you want employers and prospective employers to see vitality, focus, and strength when you walk into a room, then you certainly don’t want dynamic wrinkles and a sagging brow to give you a tired, sullen, and depressed appearance. Botox® and injectable dermal fillers are being used to complete totally non-surgical brow lifts that open the eyes, fill in noticeable creases, and give patients the undeniably clear, seamless and alert-look of youth. As a standalone treatment, Botox® can make people look younger and more visually appealing for their most important events. Whether going to a wedding, attending a class reunion, or planning a major vacation, these procedures can give you a fresh, line-free visage, and the unmistakable glow of inner confidence.
Hormonal Changes and Facial Wrinkling
For many people, facial aging is not a gradual and evenly-paced process. Instead, if you’re like most consumers, you may wake up one morning to find that your skin is significantly drier than normal, more vulnerable to the ravages of the sun, and more prone to showing the signs of general wear and tear. It is incredibly common for hormonal changes in a person’s late 30s and early 40s to take a sudden and fairly dramatic toll on his or her appearance. Although the effects of significant hormonal change will eventually even out as the body adapts to each new stage of life, these injections can minimize the impact of aging, enhance facial aesthetics, and restore confidence. With these quick, simple treatments, you can continue looking youthful, energetic and robust for far longer.
What About Patients with Other Skin Issues?
Botox® can be safely and easily paired with a variety of non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Sometimes, facial aging has more to do with the texture and tone of the skin than it does with dynamic wrinkling. For instance, you may have sun spots, melasma, enlarged pores, or even minor scarring from adolescent or adult acne. When this is the case, skin-renewing treatments like microneedling, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion can be paired with these injections to address the full range of your cosmetic concerns. While Botox® minimizes or even eliminates dynamic wrinkles, one or more of these secondary procedures can be used to make your entire complexion more balanced and vibrant overall. Non-invasive, restorative skin treatments are designed to slough away dead, damaged skin cells, and to expedite the production of new and healthier cells. Some of these treatments can also incite new collagen production to produce skin that’s firmer and more elastic all-around. During your consultation appointment, our doctor, Calvin H. Van Reken, M.D., can decide which procedure or combination of procedures will be best-suited to your unique range of cosmetic needs.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The effects of the purified protein solution last up to four months. After this time, the results from your procedure will gradually fade away. This is not the case with invasive, surgical treatments such as face lifts and brow lifts. Thus, if you want to turn back the hands of time but aren’t quite ready to commit to permanent facial changes, Botox® could be the right cosmetic rejuvenation procedure for you.
Is It Possible to Get Extended Results?
You might have heard tale of long-lasting Botox® results, particularly among patients who’ve relied upon the restorative benefits of this solution for years. It’s important to note, however, that this is usually the result of long-term muscle conditioning. The more that you use any muscle or muscle group in your body, the stronger and more responsive these muscles will ultimately become. With prolonged use of injectable treatments like Botox®, the treated muscles can gradually grow accustomed to maintaining their relaxed state. This is a long-term benefit that people who love their Botox® results often enjoy. By strategically injecting only as much of this solutions as required for achieving the desired results, however, Dr. Van Reken can help you get maximum benefits from your Botox® treatments, while still protecting and prolonging the integrity and functionality of your facial muscles for many years or even decades to come.
Botox® has been successfully and safely used by millions of consumers over the past two decades. As an innovator in the field of dynamic wrinkle reduction, this FDA-approved injectable is also the best-known and most-trusted product for relaxing away crow’s feet, frown lines, and many other motion-related creases. When choosing an injectable solution for your wrinkle reduction treatment, Dr. Van Reken will consider your history with cosmetic injectables, the location and severity of your facial wrinkles, and your general health profile. More often than not, Botox® is the premier choice for both new patients and those who’ve received similar anti-aging treatments in the past.
What to Expect When Having a Botox® Procedure Performed
Get ready for one of the easiest wrinkle reduction treatments on the market. Most Botox® appointment are complete in just under 20 minutes. After having located and assessed your dynamic wrinkles, Dr. Van Reken will make an ultra-rapid series of injections across the targeted areas. These injections are made with a very small-sized needle, much like the needle that is used for insulin injection among diabetes patients. The treatment area can be lightly numbed with a topical numbing agent, just ahead of this procedure. This will ensure continued comfort both during and immediately after the treatment session.
Using Botox® for Wrinkle Prevention
Given just how appearance-conscious people currently are, a lot of patients aren’t waiting for the early signs of facial aging to actually appear. Getting Botox® injections before extraordinary amounts of tension starts to build in the facial muscles, and before the underlying collagen starts to crack, can actually stave dynamic wrinkling off. By immobilizing the very muscles that are responsible for the development of dynamic wrinkles, many patients are able to maintain their youthful, fresh-faced looks for far longer.
Are You a Good Candidate for Botox®?
All candidates for Botox® anti-aging treatments must be at least 18 years of age. Moreover, people should not be breastfeeding or pregnant at the time of their injections. This product is made from the botulinum type-A bacteria. As such, if you are allergic to any botulinum-containing products, this may not be the right anti-aging procedure for you. Those with diagnosed neuro-muscular disorders should consult with their regular doctors before pursuing Botox® treatments of any type. When neuro-muscular issues do exist, Botox® is rarely used for anything other than its functional benefits.
One very important thing to know about candidacy for these procedures is that it is always vital to be forthright with our provider concerning any injectable cosmetic treatments that you have received in the past. This allows Dr. Van Reken to establish a safe and truly needs-specific treatment plan. It’s also one of the best ways for patients and their providers to ensure smooth, seamless, and entirely natural-looking results. With long-term Botox® use, establishing the right injection schedule can be key to enjoying a flawless finish.
Experience a Quick, Hassle-Free Treatment with Very Minimal Risk
Surprisingly, one of the greatest benefits gained by choosing Botox® is the ability to reverse the most common signs of facial aging, without having to commit to long-term or even permanent results. In addition to being quick and easy, these procedures do not entail the incisions, tissue removal, or risks of scarring that are inherent of surgical wrinkle reduction. In fact, there is virtually no risk of getting stuck with facial changes that you aren’t happy with when choosing a Botox® dynamic wrinkle treatment. As the effects of this potent purified protein solution gradually wear off, normal nerve communication will resume, and full muscle functioning will return. Best of all, after the effects of Botox® have fully abated, patients who love their treatment results can always have their injections repeated as necessary. Skillful application of this popular and FDA-approved solution always allow for subtle improvements. This means that you can look younger and smoother without anyone suspecting that you’ve had any work done at all. Get in touch with the skilled team at Reno Sparks Med Spa in Reno, NV to learn more. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!