BOTOX has earned a reputation for being one of the most effective anti-aging therapies available today, and we offer it here at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN. Because its effects are temporary, it can be much safer than permanent surgical procedures, and adults can start treatment at just about any age. This also means that repeat treatments are needed to maintain the results, though some patients find that they need treatments less often than others.
How Often Can You Get BOTOX?
How often you decide to get treatments is your choice, though it’s important to know what the differences are between corrective and preventative treatments. While this treatment is highly effective, and the results typically last quite a while, your lines and wrinkles will likely return once the effects wear off. You can then return for more corrective treatments to address this once you notice lines or wrinkles returning.
However, you also have the choice of scheduling regular preventative treatments, which most patients schedule every three to four months. This can help to prevent treated lines and wrinkles from returning while also preventing many new issues from developing. This approach is perfect for those who would like to maintain their results year-round.
How Does This Therapy Work?
BOTOX has strong muscle-relaxing effects, and after it’s injected into tense muscles, nearby lines and wrinkles are often reduced as a result. These types of skin imperfections normally become more visible as we age because our bodies gradually produce less collagen over time, which is one of the proteins that give our skin its elastic texture.
As the skin loses its elasticity, muscle contractions can then cause these issues to develop. Luckily, the injections can also improve elasticity over time, so you may start to notice your skin becoming more supple after treatment as an additional benefit.
What to Expect During Treatment
Before starting this therapy, there’s a quick consultation that normally only takes about five to ten minutes, and it allows us to ask about your treatment expectations so that we can make sure that this therapy will meet your needs. If you’re taking any medications, we’ll need to know about this, as well as your medical history and whether you’re currently pregnant or breastfeeding.
After ensuring that this treatment is right for you, we can get started by injecting the target muscles with BOTOX medication. This needle normally isn’t painful, but we can always apply a topical anesthetic beforehand if your skin is sensitive. The therapy session shouldn’t take longer than 15 minutes in most cases, and while there’s no downtime afterward, we will recommend a few aftercare precautions to follow.
How to Get the Best Results After Treatment
After treatment, we’ll recommend the following for the first few days:
- Refrain from strenuous exercise
- Avoid rubbing the injection areas
- Don’t lie down for the first 4 hours
- Avoid excessive sunlight and heat
- Don’t take NSAIDs or blood thinners
How Soon Will I Notice the Results?
The effects of this medication are based on the individual, meaning that everybody responds to BOTOX at different rates based on many different factors. Some patients respond within 48 hours, though just about everybody experiences the full effects within two weeks after treatment. This medication binds to areas of nerves known as “binding sites.”
The number of binding sites found in the nerves can vary from person to person, so this can play a role in how quickly your body responds to this therapy. Your metabolism, genetics, and other things specific to your body can also influence how quickly you see results.
What Areas Can Be Treated?
Across the Forehead
If you have large lines that run horizontally across your forehead, these are often called referred to as “worry lines,” as they can become more visible during times of stress when making certain facial expressions.
Between the Eyebrows
Just above the bridge of your nose and between your eyebrows is where glabellar lines, also known as “frown lines,” appear. They typically show up as vertical lines that appear in pairs or triplets while running parallel to each other.
The Outer Eye Areas
Crow’s feet, which are technically called periorbital wrinkles and lateral canthal lines, are the lines and wrinkles that tend to branch outward near the outer areas of the eyes. They’re often associated with smiling, so many people also call them “smile lines.”
Many Other Areas
Although the most common areas we regularly treat are the forehead, the outer eye areas, and between the brows, we’ve had success with other areas as well. Regardless of where you have lines or wrinkles, we’ll be able to gauge how effective this therapy is likely to be with a quick assessment during your consultation.
Schedule Your First Session Today
BOTOX can be an excellent way to keep fine lines and wrinkles in check by treating existing issues while preventing new ones from forming. To schedule your first treatment session, contact us at Tarola Plastic Surgery in Murfreesboro, TN today, so we can assess your skin and muscles to determine just how effective this treatment will be for you.