Fine lines and wrinkles are a natural part of the aging process. They are formed as a result of repeated muscle movements on the face. As your muscles adjust to being held in certain ways, the skin that rests over the top of them holds the shape, which often includes folds or fine lines. What can you do to minimize the appearance of these wrinkles?
Cosmetic injectables like Botox promise to smooth the skin, giving you a more youthful look. How do these injectables work, and are they right for you? Keep reading to learn more about whether you should schedule your first consultation for Botox.
What Is Botox?
Botox is one FDA-approved option to minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and the signs of aging on the face. It is from a family of chemicals known as neuromodulators and is similar to other popular name brands like Dysport and Jeuveau. The question is – what are neuromodulators, and how do they give you more youthful skin with fewer fine lines?
Neuromodulators are natural proteins that relax the muscles of the face. It changes how the nerves communicate with the muscles, blocking messages that prompt the muscles to contract and form the dynamic wrinkles that are more noticeable with age.
As the muscles begin to soften and relax, so do the folds of the face. The skin over the top of the muscles is free to smooth out, resulting in fewer fine lines and less noticeable wrinkles.
Botox is not intended to be used with all types of wrinkles. It is only FDA-approved for use in the treatment of the following areas:
- Forehead lines
- Around the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Between the eyebrows (frown lines)
We will deliver small injections in the desired treatment area based on the unique needs of your skin, the wrinkles, and other factors determined by our team of professionals. The number of units you will require is completely customized for you.
At Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center, we don’t believe everyone has the same needs, and we tailor your appointment uniquely to you.
What to Expect from Botox Treatment
Whether you choose Botox or one of our other neuromodulators, the treatment will be very much the same. It requires just a few minutes out of your busy day, and we can have you right back out the door. This makes it easy to schedule cosmetic injectables on your lunch break from the office before getting back to work.
You will relax in our office while we perform the injections. There is no downtime with this treatment. It is minimally invasive, and you can go back to your routine as soon as we finish.
Some people report that they start to see the effects of Botox within 48 to 72 hours of their initial session. However, you will not see optimal results until two to four weeks later.
Each of the cosmetic injectables we use in our practice is a bit different, but they are all quite long-lasting. Botox has results that typically last for three to four months, which means you only need to come back to see us a few times each year. Many patients report that results last even longer with subsequent treatments.
Ideal Candidate for Botox Treatments
Are you interested in whether cosmetic injectables could be the right fit for you? People often believe that the use of neuromodulators is only common in patients over age 40, but this could not be further from the truth. Anyone can benefit from Botox if they are starting to see fine lines and wrinkles, regardless of age.
In fact, many patients are getting Botox as early as their thirties.
Another common misconception is that cosmetic injectables are only for women. The reality is that both men and women can benefit from this anti-aging treatment. The severity of the lines on your face is the biggest indicator that you might be ready for Botox, rather than age or gender.
If you are starting to see more fine lines on the face, give us a call to book your consultation so that we can determine what injectables are the right fit for you.
Other Applications for Neuromodulators
While the reduction of fine lines is the primary purpose of neuromodulators, you might be surprised to learn that they can treat more than just the FDA-approved areas. Botox is also used to treat hyperhidrosis (excess underarm sweating) and can help with sweaty hands. It is used to treat migraine headaches and spasms around the eyes.
We may recommend the appropriate neuromodulator to treat:
- Wrinkles on the side of the nose (bunny lines)
- Lip lines
- Jaw lines
- Gummy smile
- Chin dimpling
- Neck bands
If you are experiencing moderate to severe wrinkles or one of the above conditions, contact us for a consultation to see what we can do to help you.
We have several treatment options available, even if Botox isn’t the right fit for your needs. Botox may be the most well-known of all cosmetic injectables, but others are equally effective at different tasks.
Learn More About Botox
Are you ready to learn more about Botox and the related cosmetic injectables that can minimize your fine lines, wrinkles, and more? At Beach Cities Vein & Laser Center in El Segundo, CA, we would love to meet with you to discuss your treatment options.
We believe in taking a customized approach to your wrinkle treatment, so book a consultation with us today to learn more about what we can offer you!