It happened. You were looking in the mirror and all of a sudden noticed a line that wasn’t there before. A few days go by, and in a different room, with different lighting, you notice a few more. It could be a few lines around your mouth or creases under your eyes. And as shocking as it may be to some, it is part of the normal aging process. But you don’t have to accept them. Some choose to ignore it, but if you are proactive in your skincare, Botox may be the right solution for you to combat the effects of aging and could save you thousands in expensive surgeries.
Botox is the go-to treatment for fine lines and wrinkles. It is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments that you can get when creams just won’t do.
How Botox Works on Muscles
Did you know there are two types of wrinkles?
Static wrinkles are the kind that forms and remain due to sun damage and the loss of elasticity. As as we age, our body produces less collagen, a protein that supports skin structure and what makes skin appear youthful. As the collagen slowly goes away, the wrinkles slowly begin to appear. That’s why we age over time.
Nerves and muscles talk to each other, and that is how we make facial expressions. When we make facial expressions, like smiling or frowning over and over again, dynamic wrinkles begin to form and over time become permanent, static wrinkles if left untreated.
Botox works best on dynamic wrinkles like crow’s feet and frown lines as well as the lines between the brows, keeping you from having a tired or angry look.
Just like riding a bike or writing your name, muscles have memories and form patterns to carry out actions in a repeatable process. So imagine, years and years of forming the same facial expressions-squinting, smiling, and frowning. It is similar to how a path is worn after years and years of use. The same concept applies with wrinkles.
Botox vs. Fillers
Unlike fillers, Botox is used to paralyze the facial muscle. Botox works by temporarily cutting communication between the nerves and muscles. Nerves send messages to muscles and when that line of communication is cut off, it’s just hanging out, not contracting, waiting for further orders, but the orders never come. So, the muscle waits, and then waits some more, eventually losing the ability to do what it did before.
How Botox Prevents Wrinkles
What is so great about Botox is that over time, it trains the muscles of the treated area to relax. Think of what happens to your body when you don’t exercise for a very long time. When muscles aren’t used over and over regularly, they become weak. When Botox is strategically placed in the desired areas, eventually, the muscles that aren’t used, won’t cause you to create the facial expressions that were forming the lines in the first place.
A typical session only takes a few minutes. It is a super simple procedure and is injected with the tiniest of needles. Most patients say that it feels like a slight pinch penetrating the muscle.
Just know that the effects of Botox are not instant. It usually takes anywhere from one to three days for it to take effect and fully paralyze the facial muscles targeted. Botox is not a permanent solution and only lasts from 3-6 months.
The effects of the Botox are not permanent though, and with less treatment, muscles will slowly begin to regain strength. You will be able to feel when it begins to wear off. But stopping Botox will not cause your age dramatically overnight. If you have an active regime, and then discontinue treatment, you can still enjoy the benefits for a period of time.
To get the full benefit of Botox, take care of your skin and your body. It can’t do all of the work alone. Drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep.
Tips to Remember After Your Botox Treatment Include:
- No exercise for a few hours afterward
- No lying down
- No hard pressure on your treatment area
- Keep in mind the facial expressions that you make and avoid frowning and squinting.
This will help prevent future wrinkles from forming.
What to Do About Wrinkles
We at Vitalize MD Skin and Laser Center and Med Spa in Westborough offer safe and professional Botox services, ensuring you get the very best results.
Botox is just one of the many aesthetic injectable treatments we provide to keep your appearance looking vibrant. Contact us to schedule your first treatment today to say goodbye to fine lines and wrinkles.
You can even earn rewards points for the treatment!