BOTOX® is an FDA-approved nonsurgical treatment for dynamic wrinkles. This non-invasive procedure only takes a few minutes per injection and uses a small needle, which means a topical anesthetic is rarely necessary. You start seeing results after 2 days and the definitive results occur after about 2 weeks, and last up to 4 months. BOTOX® uses a compound that blocks the muscles’ nerve impulses and thus helps the muscles to remain relaxed. This visibly reduces the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles. Your cosmetic professional will determine the appropriate dosage and number of injections for optimal results.
There is no specific age you need to start BOTOX®, as long as you are 18 years or older. One of the primary factors in getting BOTOX® is your skin concerns. You can either start the procedure as prevention in your 20s and 30s or use it as treatment in your 50s and 60s. BOTOX® is versatile and your cosmetic provider can determine what dosage is suitable in your situation. A cosmetic professional may also recommend combined treatments to achieve your aesthetic goals.
Types of Wrinkles
Two types of wrinkles exist: dynamic and static. Static wrinkles are visible regardless of your facial expression while dynamic ones are dependent on certain facial movements like frowning. BOTOX® can only treat dynamic wrinkles.
BOTOX® can treat wrinkles in the following areas:
- Forehead (frown lines)
- Around or between the eyes (crow’s feet)
- Around the neck
- Around the mouth (smile lines)
When injecting BOTOX® into the muscles, it helps them to relax, which smooths the skin and makes it look more supple and youthful. Although it can help to treat deep lines and wrinkles, using BOTOX® for preventative treatment can delay and reduce the emergence of wrinkles.
Other Factors and Alternative Treatments
Your cosmetic professional will review your medical history to ensure the following:
- Overall good physical and mental health
- No history of neuromuscular diseases
- No smoking
They will discuss your aesthetic goals and how realistic your expectations are. Make sure to tell them if you have received dermal fillers and/or other injectable treatments in the past.
The number of injections you will receive generally depends on:
- Whether this is for preventative or treatment purposes
- The depth of your lines and wrinkles
- The extent of the target area
When Getting BOTOX® Isn’t Recommended
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
- You are allergic to any BOTOX® ingredients
- You have a skin infection at the planned site of injection
- You have a muscle or nerve condition
The good news is that if your provider thinks BOTOX® isn’t appropriate for you, there are other cosmetic solutions to smooth your facial wrinkles and lines for a more youthful look. They will help you find a good alternative to meet your needs.
If you are looking for anti-aging non-surgical treatments, our Novopelle Med Spa team can help determine what works for you. Give us a call today at (888) 429-7055 or contact us via our contact form to schedule an appointment.