Almost everyone has heard of Botox but just because you’ve heard of it doesn’t mean that you know all of its uses. Botox is a versatile injectable, and at New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we are proud to offer this form of anti-aging medicine to our clients to help smooth wrinkles on the upper half of the face to increase confidence and restore youth.
What Is Botox Used For?
Botox has both cosmetic and medical usages but in the cosmetic world, it is primarily used to address the signs of aging by smoothing dynamic wrinkles that form on the upper half of the face.
These are the wrinkles that come from repetitive expressions over time. When you express, your face moves, and there’s no way around that. However, Botox gives you the ability to smooth those lines and wrinkles and create a wrinkle-free canvas, so you look and feel like your younger self again.
Lines on the Forehead
One of the most common treatment areas for this cosmetic injectable is the forehead. The forehead muscles are large and qualify as dynamic muscles. Your muscles contract throughout the day, and you use your forehead muscles to express yourself. You use them when you are laughing, making surprised expressions, and sometimes you move these muscles without even realizing it.
Aging and Forehead Lines
Genetics, premature aging, and everyday expressions all lead to moderate to severe forehead lines over time. These lines are very difficult to treat once they appear and they only seem to worsen over time.
However, this injectable changes everything. It relaxes those large forehead muscles so that expressions are more subtle and subdued. Once your skin isn’t forced into those repetitive expressions repeatedly throughout the day, it will smooth out over time and those wrinkles will dissipate.
The muscles around your eyebrows are responsible for many different dynamic movements. From showing surprise or anger to concern and frustration, these muscles are constantly contracting throughout the day. As the skin’s structure weakens with the aging process, frown lines begin to develop in the area between your eyebrows. For some, these lines are very light vertical lines etched in the skin yet for others, they are more severe indents and creases.
However, no matter how your frown lines look, chances are, they bother you want them gone. Thanks to this anti-aging injectable, you’re in luck. One of the areas of the face that this injectable specializes in is frown lines. It will relax the muscles surrounding the eyebrows and smooth those frown lines so that you look more youthful and well-rested.
The Outer Corners of the Eyes
Crow’s feet are the wrinkles that form at the outer corners of the eyes. Your eye muscles move throughout the day, especially when you squint or smile, yet over time, crow’s feet can form at the outer corners of your eyes and can make you feel older and even less confident about your appearance.
If you’ve tried all of the wrinkle creams on the market intended to smooth skin around the eye area without any luck, it may be time to put this injectable to the test. When injected into the muscles around the eye area, it can relax those muscles and in doing so, smooth the skin around the eyes.
Other Cosmetic Uses
This injectable can also address imperfections in the appearance and enhance the features. It can also treat a pebbly chin, smoker’s lines around the mouth, smile lines, bunny lines, also known as nose wrinkles, and bands on the neck. It can also be used to lift the brow.
Botox: The Original Cosmetic Injectable
This cosmetic injectable has been around the longest and is proven to be a safe and effective way to target and treat aging. It provides a long-lasting and temporary solution to lines and wrinkles on the upper half of the face that form from dynamic movements. It is made with a highly purified protein called botulinum toxin A that works by inhibiting the communication between the nerve signals and the muscles.
How It Works
In a Botox-free face, your brain uses the nerve signals to tell your muscles to move, and your muscles always listen. As your skin loses elastin and college due to aging, it cannot withstand all those movements, and lines and wrinkles begin to form since the skin just isn’t as young as it used to be. This injectable targets aging at the root by blocking the communication between the nerve signals in the muscles, reducing the degree in the severity of your expressions.
Your face will still be able to express, but those expressions won’t be as exaggerated. This injectable helps smooth your wrinkles that exist on your face at the time of treatment and in doing so, helps prevent the formation of new ones.
Target Treatment Areas
Not only is this injectable one of the most popular anti-aging medicines in the cosmetic world, but it is growing in popularity in the medical world for its able to temporarily resolve certain medical symptoms and conditions. It can help relax muscles responsible for negative symptoms and conditions, including lazy eye, cervical dystonia, muscle spasms, neck stiffness, muscle stiffness in children and adults, and even excessive sweating disorders.
It is helped many individuals find relief from migraine pain, TMJ pain, and other unpleasant medical conditions. If aging has begun to left leave its mark on your face, this injectable will smooth your frown lines, and your crows feet, and your forehead lines.
Your Results: What To Expect
This cosmetic injectable delivers quick results. Once you get your first injections, you will begin to notice a change in the appearance of your lines and wrinkles within a few days of treatment. As the ingredients begin to work and affect the muscles’ ability to contract, you will notice a softening of your wrinkles. Full results will be most visible by one week post-treatment.
Longevity of Results
Not only does this injectable deliver relatively quick results, but it provides long-lasting relief from wrinkles. Most patients experience results for approximately three to four months, but some patients’ results last up to six months. It all depends on how quickly your body metabolizes the product. Different factors can affect Botox metabolism, but your body determines how long your results last when it comes down to it.
Making Results Last Longer
Some studies have shown that zinc supplements may help prolong results, so adding this to your daily vitamin intake may help you wait a little bit longer between follow-up appointments.
Extreme exercisers typically metabolize this product quicker than those who only perform moderate exercise. If you don’t want to change your exercise routine, you should be aware that you probably will need to schedule follow-up treatments more often due to your body’s reaction to the product.
More patients who choose to use neuromodulators to treat dynamic wrinkles are becoming aware of something called tolerance. It seems as though the body begins to tolerate the effects of neuromodulators, which can affect their efficacy. If you are concerned about tolerance, our injectors will develop a plan that will trick your body and keep it guessing so that you can maintain a wrinkle-free appearance and get the best results from one appointment to the next.
If you are hesitant to undergo treatment with this injectable because you are concerned about safety, we want to put your mind at ease. Botox is the oldest cosmetic injectable in the cosmetic world. Studies, clinical trials, and endless research has been done on this particular injectable. It has been FDA-approved to treat lines and wrinkles and is considered a safe, effective, and long-lasting yet temporary solution to treat the signs of aging.
During your initial consultation, you can ask us any questions about this product or its safety. We will be happy to answer your questions so that you can walk into your appointment with full and complete confidence in this treatment.
Your Post-Treatment Appearance
Another common concern among first-time patients is how they will look post-treatment. Everyone knows what a frozen face looks like and very few people aspire to that kind of look. One thing to know about this injectable is that while it is a very effective and safe product, your results depend on the skill and precision of your injector.
Making Your Aesthetic Goals Known
During your consultation, we will listen to your concerns. We want to know every detail about your aesthetic goals, down to how much movement and expression you want to maintain. These are all important aspects to discuss and thanks to our skilled and experienced injectors, we can help you get your desired results.
You won’t look fake, you won’t look plastic, and you won’t look frozen. You will look like an improved version of yourself, and you will look younger, smoother, and well-rested. And, we are sure that you will love your results so much, that you will never be able to go back to a life without Botox.
All About Your Treatment
Your treatment begins with an initial consultation with one of our injectors during which we will create your wish list. You will show us your problem areas and let us know what kind of results you’re looking for.
We will make recommendations, confirm that you are a candidate for treatment, and then create a customized treatment plan for you, including the total number of units you will need per treatment area. This will give you a better idea of how your injection process will go as well as the cost of treatment.
On the day of your appointment, arrive with a clean face if possible. If that’s not possible, your injector will clean your treatment sites before beginning the injection process. Once your skin is ready for treatment, she will administer a series of injections in the muscles responsible for your most pressing problem areas. Then, your injection process will be complete, and you can resume your normal daily activities.
The Pain Factor
If you are concerned about pain, you can relax because cosmetic injectables are virtually painless. Plus, we will apply a topical numbing cream to your skin before beginning of the injection process to ensure that you don’t feel any discomfort.
Caring for Your Skin Post-Treatment
While there is no downtime associated with this treatment, there are some aftercare directives that will help you get the best results possible. We will provide you with these instructions once your appointment is complete, and you will be able to ask any questions you have at that time. These instructions may include the following:
- Avoid excess sun exposure
- Avoid extreme heat including hot tubs, steam rooms, sauna, and hot temperatures
- Refrain from alcohol and tobacco consumption immediately following a treatment
- Workout before your appointment and once your appointment is complete, avoid strenuous exercise for 24 hours
- Keep your head elevated for at least four hours after treatment
Am I a Candidate?
If fine lines and wrinkles have begun to get the best of you, and you are an adult in good health, you are most likely the ideal candidate for this cosmetic injectable. During an initial consultation, we may perform an allergy test to ensure that you are not allergic to the injectable ingredients. The best candidates struggle with frown lines, forehead lines, or crows feet and want a long-lasting solution to erase these lines.
Schedule Your Consultation
The aging process is a given, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let aging define you. We can help smooth your wrinkles and increase your confidence and just one appointment. Contact us at New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL, today and schedule your initial consultation with one of our injectors to learn more about this trusted injectable and find out if it is the right solution for your needs.