What’s the most common complaint from people who say they look older than they feel? Usually, fine lines and wrinkles are at the top of the list. There’s no getting around the fact that fine lines and wrinkles can add age to our faces – but that doesn’t mean you have to accept them! At New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL, we believe one of the most profoundly effective Botox Treatment for fine lines and wrinkles is Botox, one of the world’s most-trusted cosmetic treatments.
What Is Botox Used For?
Botox is used around the world for many purposes, including treating Bell’s Palsy, migraines, and excessive sweating. But for those who are seeking cosmetic treatments with this popular neuromodulator, you should know that the primary use of Botox is for the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles on the face.
When this injectable treatment was first approved by the FDA in the early 2000s, there were only two approved areas of usage – horizontal wrinkles on the forehead and verticle wrinkles between the eyebrows. These days, this treatment can be used on virtually every area of the face to address a variety of appearance-related concerns, such as:
- Drooping brow
- Crow’s feet
- Bunny lines
- Frown lines
- Smile lines
- Nasolabial lines
- Pebbly chin
- Smoker’s lines
- Lipstick lines
The additional areas of treatment that have been recently added to this neuromodulator’s repertoire are particularly attractive for patients who happen to have more than one cosmetic concern. One of the most exciting possibilities is the treatment of lipstick lines, which are the verticle lines on the lips. Interestingly, this injectable treatment is sometimes used to augment the shape of the lips by relaxing down-turned corners and reducing a gummy smile (a technique that is referred to as a lip flip). The application of this neuromodulator seems endless.
Which Wrinkles Does This Neuromodulator Work Best For?
While this treatment can be used to treat any type of fine line or wrinkle, there are certain degrees of severity that are best-suited for this neuromodulator. Ideally, this injectable treatment is used to treat mild and moderate wrinkles, which are the type of wrinkles that haven’t left permanent etchings on your face. While severe wrinkles may relax somewhat from this treatment, they are better treated with dermal fillers, which restore the loss of skin volume that created the wrinkle.
Mild and moderate dynamic wrinkles, on the other hand, are not yet to the stage where they have left permanent lines on your face. These are wrinkles that are primarily visible when you are making an expression and not when your face is at rest. If your wrinkles are still visible even when your expression is relaxed, then it’s likely you have developed a severe wrinkle. A consultation at New You Medical will be able to determine the stage of your wrinkle development.
How Do Neuromodulators Work?
Neuromodulators are interesting cosmetic treatments that are administered via a thin needle. The active ingredient in treatments such as this one is usually a neurotoxin like botulinum toxin A. Essentially, neuromodulators change the way your body processes nerve signals by acting as a block between your brain and your neurons.
What Botulinum Toxin Does
Botulinum toxin, in particular, is a neuromodulator that is responsible for blocking the response of motor neurons associated with muscle movement. When the communication between the muscle nerves in your face and your brain is interrupted, it will have the effect of relaxing the appearance of your wrinkles due to lack of facial movement. Over time, your body will metabolize the botulinum toxin and the effects of the neuromodulator will wear off.
Will Your Face Be Numb?
No. It’s a common misconception that using a botulinum toxin injectable will cause your face to lose sensation. However, in our bodies, we have two main nerves; one for sensation and one for movement. The only nerves that are affected by this neuromodulator are muscle or motor nerves, which means you will be able to feel a sensation on your face after your treatment.
Will You Be Able to Move Your Face?
Yes. It’s another common misconception that this neuromodulator will prevent you from moving your face at all, but the truth is that only a very small amount of botulinum toxin is required to relax facial wrinkles. While some patients may be unable to make exaggerated facial movements, patients are still generally able to smile and move other muscles in the face after treatment.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
Your treatment will consist of a few steps, particularly if this is your first time using neuromodulator injections. Many patients are comforted to know what they can expect from their overall treatment process, which will include steps such as:
You will first need to attend a consultation appointment if this is your first neuromodulator treatment at our clinic or if this is your very first neuromodulator treatment at all. The consultation gives us a chance to examine the condition of your skin, such as the degree of severity of your wrinkles, which will allow us to determine if this treatment is ideal for your needs. We will also discuss your treatment expectations and the results you can reasonably expect after your appointment.
Particularly for first-time patients, it may be necessary to complete an allergy test. We will also ask you about any known drug allergies you have, certain medical conditions such as pregnancy, and other facts about your general medical health that might be relevant to your treatment.
Before your appointment, it’s important that your face is prepared for the treatment. This is because some products, medications, and supplements you use may have unusual interactions with the neuromodulator injectable. For this reason, you will need to follow certain preparation instructions for at least seven to 10 days before your treatment. Some of these instructions could include:
- Do not use blood-thinning medications and supplements
- Abstain from tobacco and alcohol products
- Temporarily stop using Retinol products
- Avoid direct sunlight
We may provide you with additional instructions, such as how you should arrive at your appointment with a clean face free of make-up. You will not need to arrange for transportation or time off after your appointment.
Treatments with this neuromodulator injectable will typically take between 20 and 40 minutes depending on the amount of work that needs to be completed. Your treatment appointment will consist of several small steps, such as applying a topical numbing cream to your face to ensure your comfort during your appointment. Overall, most patients consider this a quick “lunchtime” appointment that is easy to attend and maintain.
How Many Units Will You Need?
Your treatment will likely consist of many small injections made to various parts of your face. Depending on how many areas need treatment and how much botulinum toxin is required to achieve your results, you will likely require several units to complete your treatment. Unit numbers are determined by how large or responsive the targeted muscle is. For example:
- Eyebrows require two to five units
- Forehead requires 10 to 30 units
- Between eyebrows requires 10 to 25 units
- Crow’s feet require one to 15 units per side
- Bunny lines require 10 to 15 units
- Nasolabial folds require 10 to 20 units
- Smile lines require five to 10 units
- Pebbly chin requires two to six units
After your treatment, you will need to follow a certain set of aftercare instructions for at least seven to 10 days to ensure you get the results you want from your treatment. Some of these aftercare instructions will include:
- Do not rub or touch your face
- Avoid hot water, excess sweat, and direct sunlight
- Avoid strenuous activity
- Drink enough water
- Abstain from alcohol and tobacco products
- Discontinue Retinol products
We will likely provide you with specific aftercare instructions tailored to your treatment plan, such as how you should sleep at night or the skin care products you may continue to use during your immediate recovery period.
Most patients will require about one to two weeks to experience the full results of their treatment due to the fact that it will take several days for the botulinum toxin to settle and take effect. Your results will generally last for three to four months at a time, although some patients may experience results that last for as long as five or six months. Your results may last longer if you have mild wrinkles or if your body is more sensitive to botulinum toxin.
How Frequently Should You Have Treatment?
You should have treatment once every four or so months to continue enjoying the results of this treatment. Ideally, patients should have top-up treatments when they begin to notice the effects of their current treatment wearing off. For some, this could be as early as three months. We will help you determine the ideal frequency for you to maintain your results.
Will You Need to Think About Tolerance?
Tolerance occurs when your body learns to recognize the proteins added to this injectable treatment to keep the formula stable and safe. For that reason, some patients who have consecutive treatments for a long period of time may need to think about building up a tolerance, which is when the treatment becomes less effective. One easy way to avoid tolerance is to alternate this neuromodulator treatment with another.
What Are the Benefits of Botox?
In addition to the versatility of this neuromodulator treatment, there are several benefits that are appealing to patients. For example, the ability to use this treatment on multiple areas of the face at one time is attractive because it simplifies your overall cosmetic treatment. Another benefit is the fact that this treatment is non-surgical, which means there is no downtime associated with the treatment.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Most people who want to relax the appearance of their mild to moderate wrinkles are good candidates for this treatment. Ideal candidates are not allergic to botulinum toxin and are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
Restore Your Beauty With Botox
Wrinkles are unavoidable, but only to a certain degree. With the advancement of cosmetic treatments, even the most stubborn wrinkles can be treated with Botox. If you think this Botox Treatment is right for you, please contact New You Medical in Fort Lauderdale, FL to schedule your appointment today.