Are you struggling with wrinkles that become more noticeable when you move your face? These are dynamic wrinkles, and they can play a major role in making us look older and more worn out than we really are. But with Botox, you can stop the clock on aging skin, softening out your face for a more youthful, rejuvenated look. To learn all about this groundbreaking treatment, offered here at SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery in Metairie, LA, read on.
How Soon Do You See Results From Botox?
Incredibly, results from treatment can develop in as little as 72 hours! This is when many of our patients observe the first signs of smoother, less wrinkled skin. For many, the full effects can be seen at around the two-week mark. This is when the product has completely relaxed the muscles, leaving the client with soft, undisturbed skin that doesn’t crease as they talk and emote. These gorgeous results last for between four and six months!
How Does This Treatment Work?
Botox smooths out the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles, leaving the patient with younger-looking, refreshed, stunning skin. It does this not by targeting the skin itself, but actually the muscles and nerves underneath it! It does this by utilizing a product called Botulinum toxin, which is a “neuromodulator”. The product is sent under the skin using a very fine needle that is injected into problematic areas of the face, which is why this type of treatment is called an “injectable”.
The product reaches the nerves, where it gets to work blocking communication between these nerves and the muscles that surround them. Now, when your nerves try to tell your muscles to move as you emote, the muscles won’t. What does this look like on the face? Without your muscles moving, the skin on top stays smooth, no matter how much you talk, frown, and laugh. The result is gorgeous-looking, glowing skin that shaves years off the complexion!
Do the Results Look Natural?
The product we use is highly targeted, meaning only the areas of concern will be affected. The surrounding areas of the face will move as normal, which prevents clients from getting a “worked on” or “frozen” appearance. Overall, the results of this treatment only diminish wrinkles, and will never dramatically restructure your face or completely change your appearance. This is what makes it perfect for those who want to refresh their face and enhance their existing natural beauty.
Why Do I Have Dynamic Wrinkles?
These lines and wrinkles are caused by repeated facial movements, which over time etch permanent lines into the skin. An easy way to tell if a wrinkle is dynamic is to see if it becomes more pronounced when you move your face. Common dynamic wrinkles include crow’s feet, forehead lines, bunny ears on the top of the nose, and smile lines. These lines usually form after years of the result of repetitive expressions, which is why many of our regular clients are in their 40s and 50s.
Many people try to limit their facial movements so they don’t develop dynamic wrinkles over time, but this can be tedious – who wants to spend all their time worrying about how much they’re smiling or laughing? This treatment is a fantastic way to help a person alleviate those worries and get back to enjoying their life. A bonus? Because treatment stops wrinkles from forming and keeps the skin soft, it actually works well as a preventative tool against new wrinkles!
Is This Treatment Safe?
This treatment has been FDA-approved for cosmetic use since 1989. It’s the number one cosmetic solution on the market, and in 2020 over four million Americas underwent treatment. So you can rest easy knowing this globally popular treatment has been tried and tested again and again! Amazingly, this treatment can even be used for medical purposes. Since it blocks communication between nerves and muscle, it can also be an effective tool against lazy eyes, migraines, and excessive underarm sweating.
What Should You Expect From Treatment?
The first step for new clients is to come in for an initial consultation. In this time you can tell us what your cosmetic concerns and goals are, and we can ensure that Botox will be the ideal solution for them. We’ll also go through your medical history, including any medication you might be on, to make sure you’re a healthy and eligible candidate. If we’re all happy to proceed, we’ll design a treatment plan that’s tailored specifically to you and your concerns.
Steps To Take
Ahead of your appointment, we may ask that you do a few things to make your treatment as easy as possible. For example, we’ll recommend avoiding blood-thinning medications like aspirin and fish oil tablets for a few days, as these can lead to bruising. We’ll ask that you avoid harsh sunlight so your face doesn’t get sunburnt as well. Finally, on the day, you’ll be advised to come in with a clean face that’s free of makeup and even sunscreen, so there’s no risk of a foreign substance contaminating the needle.
On the Day
Your appointment will take place here in our stunning Metairie office, and will be performed by a member of our expert team. They’ll first app a topical numbing cream to the areas that will be treated. They will then follow along with the treatment plan, which will detail where we make the injections, how many you’ll need, and how many units of product to use. Many patients report that throughout the process, they experience minimal discomfort. The whole thing only takes about fifteen minutes, and then you’re all done!
Should Patients Expect a Long Recovery Period?
Patients love that there’s little to no downtime needed after this treatment. You’ll be able to carry on with your day immediately after your appointment, even driving yourself to and from our office. This is what makes treatment such a convenient option for those who don’t want to take time off work or out of their busy lives – it’s quicker and easier than a haircut or a manicure! Not only is it quicker and easier than surgical alternatives, but it’s a far more inexpensive option too.
What Makes You a Good Candidate for Treatment?
While, as mentioned above, many of our patients are middle-aged, we don’t prescribe one single age as “the right one” for treatment. Dynamic wrinkles can occur at varying ages depending on things like genetics and skin texture, so as long as you’re over 18, we suggest coming in for a consultation if you’re feeling self-conscious about your skin! Wrinkles don’t discriminate against skin tone or gender either – in fact, data shows that more and more men are seeking out this treatment with each passing year.
Some factors, such as medical history or status of pregnancy, may make you ineligible for treatment. We also may discover that your wrinkles aren’t “dynamic” at all, but rather caused by a loss of collagen that makes the skin sag over time. If any of these are the case, we can suggest several alternative treatments that are more suited to you and your concerns. Here at SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery, we offer a whole suite of incredible treatments, from dermal fillers to microneedling. So whatever you need, we can likely provide it.
Can You Get This Treatment More Than Once?
Absolutely! Because this treatment only lasts for a few months at a time, patients often find they’d like to achieve the same results over and over. For that reason, we suggest coming back in for a maintenance, or “touch-up” session, every six months or so. We can either follow along with your existing treatment plan, or you can tell us if you’d like to see anything different. We can also use this treatment in conjunction with other cosmetic solutions, so you can always ask if there are other treatments you’re interested in.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
Are you ready to wind back the clock on aging, tired-looking skin that’s making you feel insecure? Botox can be a fantastic way to instill confidence as we reduce the appearance of wrinkles and help you look younger and feel more gorgeous. And when it can be done in a matter of minutes with a few simple injections, what’s not to love? To learn more, call us today at SANDS Aesthetics + Plastic Surgery in Metairie, LA.