Lines and wrinkles are inevitable. Thankfully, there is a treatment that can erase the signs of aging. Chances are you’ve heard of it, but if you’ve never tried it, we can promise that once you do, your life will be forever changed. At Christopher Tiner MD Cosmetic Surgery, in Pasadena, CA, we are proud to offer Botox, the most popular anti-aging cosmetic injectable on the beauty market. This injectable can smooth your dynamic expression lines and wrinkles with just a few quick injections.
Botox is a neuromodulator that helps smooth dynamic expression lines. These wrinkles are called dynamic wrinkles because they develop with the aging process as the skin loses collagen and elasticity, which prevents it from maintaining that youthful appearance. Your skin gets pulled and stretched into different positions all day as you make different expressions.
When the skin can’t bounce back quite as easily as it used to, lines and wrinkles become etched into the skin. These kinds of lines are difficult to treat with topical products alone. If you’ve tried to treat dynamic lines and wrinkles with every product imaginable with little to no success, we want to introduce you to a cosmetic injectable that will finally do what no other product can: erase your wrinkles.
How Does It Work?
Botox is a neuromodulator that works by blocking the communication between the nerve signals and the muscles. When the brain sends a message to the nerve signals telling the muscles to contract, they do. When those same muscles are injected with Botox, they no longer receive those messages from the nerve signals and do not contract.
Muscles contract all day long. All of those different expressions like laughing, crying, frowning, squinting, and eyebrow-raising take a toll on the skin as you age. When these muscles are relaxed, the skin gets a chance to rest, and wrinkles and lines fade. You’re left with smooth, wrinkle-free skin that lasts for several months at a time.
What Does It Treat?
Botox is primarily used in the cosmetic world to treat and smooth dynamic wrinkles that form on the upper half of the face. It is FDA-approved to smooth forehead lines, crow’s feet that form at the exterior corners of the eyes, and frown lines that form between the brows. Expert injectors can manipulate this cosmetic injectable to produce other facial feature enhancing results.
The Botox Treatment Process
Your treatment process will begin with an initial consultation with one of our injectors, who will examine your problem areas, confirm that you are a good candidate for this treatment, and then create a customized treatment plan to help you reach your skin goals. Then, we will schedule your treatment. When you arrive, we will clean your skin, specifically around your planned treatment sites, before administering the injections.
We can also apply a topical numbing cream to your skin to help ensure that you do not experience any discomfort during your appointment. Then, your injector will administer a series of injections into the muscles responsible for your most problematic lines and wrinkles. You can treat one area or multiple areas; it all depends on your goals and needs. We will include each area that you want to address in your treatment plan.
How Long Do Appointments Take?
An injection appointment is quick and only takes a few minutes to complete. Once your injections have been administered, you’ll be free to go about your day. These appointments are often referred to as lunch break injectables because you can easily schedule them during your lunch break and return to work without missing a beat.
Will I Have To Plan Around Downtime?
There is no significant downtime associated with these injections, but there are some ways that you need to care for your skin post-treatment to ensure that you get the best results. You may be asked to avoid lying down for at least four hours after your appointment.
You will also be asked to avoid strenuous activity, including intense workouts. If you plan on working out, do it before your appointment. Once those 24 hours have passed, you can resume your normal workout schedule. You should also avoid touching your treatment sites and avoid excess heat and sun exposure. If you are exposed to the sun, wear sunscreen and extra protection, including a hat and sunglasses.
What Should I Expect?
While you may notice an improvement in the appearance of your wrinkles within 24 hours, results may take up to three days to appear. As the ingredients begin to relax the muscles, you will notice that the lines and wrinkles in your treatment area look softer and less pronounced.
Your results will continue to improve in the two weeks following your initial treatment. Results vary among patients based on the severity of their lines and wrinkles, their skin condition, and the total number of units used during the injection process.
How Long Will My Results Last?
It’s important to note that while this cosmetic injectable delivers long-lasting results, those results are only temporary. Maintenance appointments are the best way to maintain the most consistent appearance over time. Most patients enjoy results that last anywhere from three to six months based on how quickly their body metabolizes the injectable’s ingredients.
Some factors that influence the rate with your body will metabolize Botox, including your body’s zinc levels, the intensity and duration of your workouts, and your body’s predisposition to metabolize the ingredients.
When Should I Schedule Follow-Up Treatments?
As soon as you begin to notice a change in the appearance of your treatment areas and begin to see the slow and gradual return of lines and wrinkles, you will know it’s time to schedule a follow-up appointment.
You will gradually begin to regain the ability to contract your muscles, indicating that the effect is beginning to wear off. Follow-up appointments are just as quick as your initial treatment. You will be in and out within a few minutes and on your way to wrinkle-free skin once again.
Wrinkle-Free Skin Is Completely Within Your Reach
If you are tired of looking at your reflection and seeing lines and wrinkles across your face that make you feel older than you are, there is a solution, and that solution is Botox. This cosmetic injectable is low maintenance, and you will only need a few follow-up treatments each year to maintain the most consistent looking, youthful, and wrinkle-free appearance. You’ll get natural results that make you look like your younger self again, perhaps even better. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.