Wrinkles and lines can leave you feeling less like yourself and more worried about the way you’re emoting and moving your face. But with Botox, you can combat wrinkles at the source and enjoy smooth, younger-looking skin for months on end. This method of wrinkle reduction has been globally popular for twenty years, and we’re proud to offer it here at Reflections Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa in Cartersville, GA, so if you’re ready to learn what all the fuss is about, read on.
How Does Botox Work?
This popular anti-aging solution, made by Allergan, can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles thanks to its key ingredient, a neurotoxin called botulinum toxin. This is a type of neuromodulator that works by temporarily paralyzing certain muscles in the face and soft tissue. When injected under the skin, this toxin works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is responsible for muscle contraction. This paralysis of the muscles leads to a temporary smoothing of the overlying skin, which is what produces the anti-dynamic wrinkle effects.
What Exactly Are “Dynamic Wrinkles”?
Dynamic wrinkles are those that form when the muscles under the skin contract. These types of wrinkles are often seen around the eyes and mouth and can be quite deep. Dynamic wrinkles tend to become more prominent with age as the skin loses its elasticity, and after years of making the same movements on the face, such as squinting, frowning, smiling, and crinkling your nose.
Even when a person takes care of their skin, wearing sunscreen and always moisturizing, it’s unlikely they’ll be able to stop dynamic wrinkles from developing. Some people try to prevent dynamic wrinkles by not moving their faces too much and trying to keep a neutral expression as much as possible.
People may also do this if they already struggle with dynamic wrinkles and don’t want to make them any more pronounced. But who wants to spend all day monitoring how they’re holding themselves, trying not to laugh or emote when out in the world? Botox offers people the freedom to feel comfortable and relaxed with gorgeous, soft skin.
What Wrinkles Are Dynamic Wrinkles?
If you look at your face in the mirror, you’ll likely be able to tell the difference between dynamic wrinkles and static wrinkles: dynamic wrinkles become deeper and more pronounced when you move your face, whereas static wrinkles remain even when you’re not making an expression. Dynamic wrinkles typically appear around the eyes in the form of crow’s feet, along the forehead and brow, around the mouth, and at the top of the nose.
What Will Happen During Treatment?
An Initial Consultation
This meeting ahead of your appointment will be your chance to talk us through your cosmetic goals and where you’d like treated. We will ask you about your medical history and current health condition. Be sure to tell your doctor about any allergies or other medical conditions you have. We will then examine your face and evaluate your muscle structure and skin condition. If everything looks good, we’ll draw up a treatment plan to follow along with on the day of your treatment.
To begin your appointment, your provider – a member of our expert staff – will clean the treatment area and may apply a numbing cream to help minimize any discomfort. Once the area is numb, your provider will carefully inject the botox into specific muscles using a very thin needle. Most people report little to no pain during the treatment. Your provider will follow along with your treatment plan, which will detail things like how many units of product to use and where injections should be made. The process should take about 30 minutes.
Is There a Recovery Period Needed Afterward?
There is no downtime needed after getting these injections, which is good news for people who want to head straight back to work or errand-running after their appointment. in the days after treatment, however, we may ask that you stay away from certain things that could aggravate the skin, including retinoids on the skin, rigorous exercise, extremely high temperatures, and harsh sunlight. It hopefully won’t impact your lifestyle too much and will only be for a few days while your skin heals.
Is This Treatment Safe?
This treatment has been FDA-approved for cosmetic purposes since 2002, making it one of the most tried and tested cosmetic solutions on the market. Doctors even use it to treat concerns like hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating), TMJ syndrome, and muscle spasms. Patients appreciate that the treatment has a place in the medical world, as that once again reinforces the idea that it’s a safe and trustworthy option. Because it’s an injectable, you also avoid all the risks of infection that come with “going under the knife” in surgery.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Several factors play into whether or not someone is a good candidate for these injectables, including their age and their overall health. Patients must be over the age of 18 and struggling with specifically dynamic wrinkles, rather than static wrinkles, as this treatment won’t be effective in correcting them. Additionally, candidates should have good overall health and are not suffering from any medical conditions that could interfere with the results of the treatment.
Candidates must understand that this method of wrinkle-removal will fade after three or four months. But since a quick maintenance session is all it takes to achieve gorgeous results all over again, the best candidates for this treatment have time a few times a year for touch-up sessions. These appointments are so short that they can fit into even the busiest schedules! Candidates should also have realistic expectations about what treatment can offer them.
Say Goodbye to Dynamic Wrinkles
Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment that has been used for many years to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Between its simplicity, effectiveness, lack of downtime required, and repeatability, it boasts so many benefits! If you’re ready to be part of the global phenomenon that is Botox, and feel more comfortable in your skin, we’re ready to help. to enjoy younger-looking skin, schedule a consultation with Reflections Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Spa in Cartersville, GA, today.