Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural, normal part of the aging process. However, if the appearance of lines on the upper half of your face is severe or causes you distress, we have a treatment that can help. At Christopher Tiner MD Cosmetic Surgery in Pasadena, CA, we are proud to offer skin-smoothing Botox injections for the quick, effective erasure of expression lines and wrinkles.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Botox?
Adult women and men of almost any age can benefit from this cosmetic injectable. You may be a good candidate if you have developed dynamic expression lines on the upper half of the face. Results can give you back your youthful appearance and glow, as they are subtle and natural-looking. The use of cosmetic injectables is a very personal decision. It’s important to not only consider the factors that qualify you for the treatment, but also what may motivate you to begin a cosmetic injectable treatment plan.
For Any Gender
While some people may assume this treatment is just for women, it is also a popular anti-aging solution for men. Your gender won’t affect the treatment process, as the injection points remain the same regardless of whether the treatment is being performed on a man or a woman.
Men often form wrinkles on their faces as they age that can cause them to look both older and angrier. This can be an unpleasant side-effect of the aging process that can be easily resolved using cosmetic injectables, leaving men to feel rejuvenated and look their best. If facial movement is a concern, a more conservative approach can be taken with this treatment. Even a small amount of cosmetic injectables can help soften lines and creases enough to boost your confidence and make you feel satisfied with your appearance again.
Deep Lines and Wrinkles
While deep and prominent wrinkles are not required to receive this treatment, if your once-fine lines have become more pronounced over the years, cosmetic injectables may be the solution you need. Because this treatment is designed to smooth visible lines, it is an ideal solution for targeting unwanted signs of aging. If total erasure of your lines and wrinkles is what you’re looking for, we recommend beginning a routine with cosmetic injectables.
If you have not yet developed visible lines, thank your lucky stars! You won’t benefit from this treatment at the moment, but when those first wrinkles begin to develop, you’ll know just what to do.
When you smile, your cheeks move upward and the muscles around your eyes scrunch up, causing fine lines to appear beside the outside of the eyes. These clusters of fine lines are colloquially referred to as “crow’s feet”. While it’s beautiful to see the remnants of a smile on your face, cosmetic injections administered into the muscles around the eyes can soften the appearance of those lines and restore your youthful appearance.
Forehead Lines and Wrinkles
Many normal facial expressions, repeated throughout your lifetime, cause the development of lines and wrinkles on the forehead. Due to the repetitive nature of facial expressions, lines on the forehead can become quite deep, prominent, or severe. You are a good candidate for this treatment if the appearance of lines on your forehead is distressing or affecting your self-esteem and confidence. Cosmetic injections administered to the forehead will reduce the appearance of these lines significantly.
Glabellar Lines (Frown Lines)
Frowning, squinting, and other expressions of emotion can cause small furrows to develop between the eyebrows. These frown lines commonly deepen over time due to repetitive use. The depth of these lines varies from person to person, but some people will find their frown lines become quite severe as time wears on. Injections targeting frown lines can make a significant difference in your appearance, as their removal lightens the face and gives you a more joyful look. Frown lines can make you look angry or concerned, even when you’re not. With this treatment, you’ll look well-rested and at peace instead.
While the aging process affects everyone, some people are unfortunately struck by signs of aging earlier than others. Premature aging (aging that occurs in or before your mid-20’s) is usually due to genetics. Thankfully, cosmetic injectables can help to erase the signs of premature aging so you won’t have to worry about appearing older than your peers. This treatment will smooth out any existing lines or wrinkles on the upper half of your face, helping you to look and feel like your actual age again.
Who Isn’t a Good Candidate For This Treatment?
It is important to note that this injectable is a neuromodulator; it works by interrupting communication between your nerves and your targeted facial muscles. As such, not all patients can safely undergo this treatment due to the occurence of allergic reactions. If you have had an allergic or otherwise adverse reaction to cosmetic injectables or other neurotoxins in the past, this treatment will not be a viable anti-aging solution for you.
During your initial consultation, we will discuss your health history, including any known allergies or reactions you may have had to injectables in the past. Using this information, we will decide whether this treatment option is suitable for you. If we determine that this injectable is not a good option for you, we may recommend an alternative treatment plan to address your concerns.
How Does It Work?
Botox is a cosmetic treatment that works by blocking communication from your brain to your targeted facial muscles. When your neurotransmitters tell your facial muscles to contract, the message is interrupted. This allows your facial muscles to stay relaxed, thereby softening expression lines. When your muscles stay relaxed, not only does this soften the look of existing wrinkles, but it prevents the muscles from contributing to the deepening of these lines.
Wrinkle Treatment and Prevention
This treatment is approved by the FDA to treat facial wrinkles occuring in the upper half of the face, such as glabellar lines (commonly referred to as frown lines), crow’s feet, and forehead lines. It is best suited for targeting dynamic wrinkles and lines that develop due to repeated muscle movements from the use of facial expressions during your lifetime.
This treatment will not only effectively smooth the appearance of existing lines, but it also disallows your muscles from continuing to deepen these lines. In this way, these injectables are both an anti-aging treatment and a preventative measure against the formation of future wrinkles.
What To Expect From Results
Results of this treatment can take from 24 hours up to a week to develop. Because it takes time for the ingredients to settle into the muscle, the relaxing effect on your facial muscles is not seen immediately. When your appointment has concluded, your face will still feel “normal”, and you will be able to form facial expressions as usual. You’ll know when the ingredients have taken effect, as forcing your face into more dramatic expressions will no longer be possible.
These results can be expected to last for anywhere from three to five months, depending on your body’s reaction to the ingredients. Some people have found their injectables to last even longer, but it all comes down to how quickly your body metabolizes the ingredients. Results, unfortunately, cannot be prolonged with any measures. However, taking care of your skin and body is an essential complement to this cosmetic treatment. The beauty of the temporary nature of this treatment is that it can be easily temporarily stopped at any time and resumed again at your convenience.
Undergoing this cosmetic treatment does not restrict you from receiving other treatments. In fact, we recommend pairing this cosmetic injectable with the use of dermal fillers on the lower half of the face. Facials, laser sessions, and other skincare appointments need not be postponed due to receiving this treatment; in fact, receiving these additional treatments can only help to boost your results. Our team of specialists would be happy to create a full, customized treatment plan to help you achieve all your skincare goals during our initial consultation.
Start Your Anti-Aging Journey Today
The beauty of Botox is self-evident; once you’ve had your first session, you’ll wonder why you hadn’t tried it sooner. Our adult patients of all ages love this cosmetic injectable for the boosted confidence it gives them. If you’re looking to restore your youthful glow and put your appearance back into your own hands, this may be the right treatment for you. To book a consultation and get started on your angi-aging journey, contact the specialists at Christopher Tiner MD Cosmetic Surgery in Pasadena, CA today.