You’ve probably heard of Botox by now, and if you’ve never experienced a treatment, we are here to answer all of your questions about this trusted cosmetic injectable. At Vida Medical in Live Oak, TX, we know that no one likes to age, and no one enjoys looking at wrinkles. With this cosmetic injectable, we can help erase your wrinkles for months on end with just a few painless injections.
How Long Do Botox Injections Last?
Many factors determine how long your results last after your initial injection. Your treatment area and your metabolism are the primary factors that affect the length of your results. On average most patients experience results that last anywhere from three to six months. How long your results last comes down to your metabolism.
Skincare products won’t make your results last any longer, but they will help improve the quality of your skin, so your results look better. This cosmetic injectable removes the signs of aging from your skin, but it cannot improve the quality of your skin.
When you adopt a skincare routine that includes all of the products necessary to maintain skin health and ward off aging, that skincare routine combined with anti-aging injectables becomes a powerful duo. You’ll get beautiful, smooth skin that glows and is the epitome of youth and beauty.
After your first injection, you should pay careful attention to your results. Once you start to notice that the effects of your injections are wearing off, you can schedule a follow-up treatment. Your body typically doesn’t change the rate at which it metabolizes these ingredients, so after your first injection, you will better understand your treatment timeline regarding follow-up appointments.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a cosmetic injectable designed to target and treat dynamic wrinkles that form on the skin. Dynamic wrinkles form as a result of the aging process. As the skin ages, the body produces less hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin. These proteins and substances are essential for healthy and youthful-looking skin, and when production decreases, the skin can’t tolerate dynamic expressions the same way that it used to.
How Does It Work?
The constant pulling, stretching, lifting, squinting, and frowning all begin to leave marks on the skin. These wrinkles are hard to treat with topical products, but Botox provides the perfect solution because it targets the muscles, which are the root cause of these lines. It temporarily relaxes these muscles so that the skin can rest. Once you begin treatment, you will watch your lines and wrinkles slowly fade into nonexistence.
This cosmetic injectable is a neurotoxin, a highly purified protein. It works by relaxing the muscles by temporarily blocking the communication between the nerve signals, the brain, and the muscles. When the muscles can’t receive the message to move, they don’t. The skin then relaxes and smoothes.
What Areas Does It Treat?
Botox is FDA-approved to treat the signs of aging that appear on the face. It also has some medical uses and provides an effective way to relieve the symptoms commonly associated with certain medical conditions. In the cosmetic world, it can smooth forehead lines, erase crow’s feet that form at the outer corners of the eyes, and get rid of the frown lines that often look like the number 11 indented between your eyebrows.
In the medical world, Botox in San Antonio can help reduce migraine pain, TMJ pain and provide temporary relief from certain medical conditions. One of them is hyperhidrosis, a condition that involves access sweating from the underarms, hands, or feet. It can also treat lazy eye, cervical dystonia, and muscle stiffness in children and adults, among other conditions.
Skilled injectors have found ways to use Botox San Antonio to enhance other features of the face. During your consultation, we will discuss your goals and help create a treatment plan that will meet all of your aesthetic goals.
What Happens During Treatment?
This process involves a few different steps. Your treatment will begin with an initial consultation here at our office. This consultation is important because not only does it confirm that you are a candidate for treatment, but it also helps us create an individualized treatment plan to meet all of your anti-aging goals.
At this appointment, we will review your health history and confirm that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in this injectable. We will examine your problem areas and decide the best location for your injections.
Preparing For Your Appointment
There are some things you should do to prepare for your injection appointment so that you get the best results post-treatment. You should avoid alcohol consumption for 24 hours before your appointment as well as excess sun exposure so as not to burn your skin before your appointment.
The best way to do this is to stay out of direct sunlight, and when you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear a hat and sunglasses. Apply sunscreen daily to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and avoid experiencing sunburn.
On the day of your treatment, your injector will begin by cleaning your treatment sites and then administering the necessary injections into the muscles surrounding your problem areas. These injections are quick and only take 10 to 20 minutes to complete, based on how many areas you choose to treat.
The injectable has an ultra-fine needle which helps the injection feel virtually painless. If necessary, we can apply a topical numbing cream to your treatment area before beginning the injections. Once your injections are administered, your appointment will be complete. You can resume all of your normal daily activities because there is no downtime associated with treatment.
Caring For Your Skin Post-Treatment
We will ask you to follow a few aftercare instructions to ensure that you get the best results possible. You should follow these primary directives for at least 24 hours post-treatment. You should:
- Avoid excess sun exposure
- Avoid excess heat, including saunas, hot tubs, and steam rooms
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Avoid touching your treatment site
- Keep your head elevated for at least four hours post-treatment parentheses
- Don’t lay down immediately after your appointment
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does It Take To Notice Results?
Once injected with this treatment, you will begin to notice a change in the appearance of your lines and wrinkles within two to three days. Your best and final results will appear approximately two weeks after your initial injections. The ingredients in this injectable need time to effectively treat and relax the muscles. Once that happens, you will notice a dramatic difference between your pre-and-post Botox face.
Will I Look Natural?
Many people are nervous about beginning an anti-aging routine with cosmetic injectables for fear of looking unnatural. This is a perfectly valid fear, but we are here to let you know that you are in good hands when you choose our office for your anti-aging needs. Our expert injectables are skilled in the art of facial anatomy and will use precision and accuracy while administering your injections.
They will use the exact amount of product necessary to help you reach your goals while still maintaining your appearance. You won’t have to worry about looking unnatural when you choose our office for your treatment. Our goal is to use a light hand to administer exactly what you need to erase your wrinkles while maintaining your ability to express naturally without worrying about new wrinkles.
How Will I Look Post-Treatment?
Once you undergo treatment and your results appear, you will notice that you look like a well-rested, more youthful version of yourself, but you won’t look like a different person.
Am I a Candidate?
The best candidates for this cosmetic injectable are those who want to erase the signs of aging from their face and get long-lasting results. If your wrinkles have begun to affect your confidence in yourself and your appearance, this cosmetic injectable can change everything. Ideal candidates also have realistic expectations regarding what this injectable can do and how long it will last.
Ideal candidates are not allergic to any of the ingredients in this injectable. During your consultation, we will determine if this injectable is the right choice for you.
Begin Your Anti-Aging Routine Today
You can’t escape the aging process, but you can erase the marks that it leaves on your face. This cosmetic injectable can improve your sense of confidence. Increasing your confidence can change the way you walk into a room and how you review the world around you. With just a few simple injections, we’ll have you feeling like a new and improved you. Contact us today at Vida Medical in Live Oak, TX and schedule your initial consultation.