Of the many age-defying skincare treatments available today, Botox has earned its reputation as one of the most effective ones at treating a variety of different cosmetic conditions. Although it’s mainly known for its ability to reduce lines and wrinkles, it offers skin rejuvenating properties as well. Here at Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo in Waltham, MA, we’ve used this therapy to treat everything from fine lines to rough skin with great success.
This treatment works by relaxing facial muscles, though this can take a bit of time, depending on different factors. However, once the effects become noticeable, this can lead to an instant boost in self-confidence as the skin becomes smoother and imperfections disappear. So f you’re wondering how this treatment works and how quickly you can expect to see the results, here’s a quick guide to help explain everything.
Does Botox Work Immediately?
While it doesn’t normally work immediately, you should start noticing the first benefits of this treatment within a few weeks after your first therapy session. This is when the muscles become fully relaxed and the skin starts responding. Once this happens, lines typically become less noticeable, wrinkles begin to diminish, and the skin starts to look more vibrant and softer in texture.
These results can become even more obvious in the weeks afterward because Botox can stimulate collagen production, which can continue to smoothen the skin. During this time, you should continue to take care of your skin to maintain the results as long as possible.
How Does This Therapy Work?
Botox therapy works by blocking neurotransmitters that play a role in muscle contractions. After this medication has been injected into a muscle beneath the skin, the muscle then relaxes, while the skin, which has been affected over time by tense muscle contractions, begins to do the same. At the same time, collagen production begins to increase within the skin, which can enhance its effects even more.
All of this leads to reinvigorated skin that has more bounce to it and a reduction in both lines and wrinkles. Although the effects are temporary, repeat treatments are normally carried out to maintain results, and this can often have a cumulative effect where more and more improvements and longer-lasting effects are noticed over time.
How Long Will the Results Last?
While results can vary, you can generally expect the effects to last at least three to four months, at which point you may start to notice lines and wrinkles returning. The collagen-boosting effect that leads to softer skin can often remain much longer, but this too will gradually wane over time. To prolong the effects as long as possible, it’s therefore important to avoid things that can affect your skin.
Smoking, drinking alcohol, chronic stress, sun damage, and a lack of proper vitamins or nutrients can all have a negative effect on your skin and the results of this treatment. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help to keep your skin vibrant and can help the muscles learn how to relax more naturally over time.
How Often Can I Receive Treatments?
How frequently you return for more treatments is up to you, though you shouldn’t need any additional injections for at least three to four months. It’s entirely your choice if you’d prefer to return every three to four months for regularly scheduled appointments or if you’d rather only come back for touchups on an as-needed basis. Both approaches can be beneficial, depending on your needs, and work in the following ways:
When you opt to schedule appointments only when you have new lines and wrinkles or when the effects have fully worn off, this is a strictly corrective approach, and it can be more convenient for those who have busy schedules. This approach is more suitable for patients who are not trying to prevent the signs of aging and are mainly concerned with treating them once they have already appeared.
If you schedule regular appointments with us every three to four months, this is a preventative way of tackling cosmetic issues before they even appear. This approach can be useful for those who prefer to maintain their revitalized look year-round, without any periods where others may notice lines and wrinkles returning. One major benefit of taking a preventative approach is that the time frame between appointments can often become extended over time as the muscles adapt and respond more efficiently.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
After scheduling with us, there will be a brief consultation where we’ll discuss your reasons for wanting this therapy and which areas of the face you’d like treated. If you’re taking any medications, have any ongoing health issues, or have had surgeries in the past, we’ll want to know about these as well.
If you have any questions, this will also be the perfect time to ask them. To determine how much Botox we’ll need to use, we’ll conduct a quick exam of your facial muscles and skin.
Most of our patients find the treatment process itself to be a quick and easy one. We’ll start by sanitizing any areas where injections will be made, so it may be best to remove makeup before your appointment or we can remove it during your session. Next, we’ll use a syringe to extract only a tiny amount of Botox medication from a vial, which we’ll carefully inject into the target areas while ensuring that you’re comfortable. The injections usually take no longer than 15 to 20 minutes, and there’s no downtime afterward.
What Issues Can Be Treated with Botox?
This therapy can be effective for many different types of cosmetic conditions, especially those associated with facial expressions and aging. Some of the issues that we regularly treat and have had great success with include:
One of the more common types of lines found on the face are crow’s feet, which are those that extend horizontally outward from the outer corner areas of both eyes. Many of our patients become more confident at smiling again once lines and wrinkles in this area become less visible.
We often have patients in their late 30s or older ages who come in for treatment of forehead lines, which are the long, horizontal lines and the associated wrinkles that span across the center of the forehead. Despite how large these particular lines can be, they’re often very easy to treat and typically respond well to regular touch-ups.
Just above the nose are two muscles, the procerus and corrugator muscles, which are responsible for the vertical lines found between the eyebrows that most people know as “frown lines.” Although these lines are associated with frowning, they can appear with many other facial expressions, but luckily, they can also be effectively treated in most instances.
Lines often develop just above the upper lip as well, and normally in a vertical pattern where they run parallel to each other. These lines, which are called lipstick lines, typically appear when making mouth movements, such as puckering. However, they can also become visible at all times when a person reaches their 40s, 50s, or 60s.
Despite their cute name, bunny lines can cause many people to feel self-conscious when they first appear, as they occur in one of the more obvious areas of the face – directly on the nose. Most adults have them, even at younger ages, but these lines can become deeper and more noticeable at any time after the age of 30.
While the wrinkles and lines already mentioned are some of the more commonly treated ones, there are still many more that can respond well to this therapy. For this reason, we’ll want to examine any cosmetic issues you have to determine if this treatment may be effective or not.
Start Your Therapy Today
Botox therapy is safe and versatile and can lead to effective, long-lasting results that start within two weeks after your first treatment session. To schedule an appointment so we can see if this treatment is right for you, contact us today at Finesse Cosmetic Laser and Lipo in Waltham, MA, and get ready to feel great about your skin again.