Botox is a popular treatment for smoothing away facial lines of expression. The results of this treatment last long, and it’s easy to maintain your results. Our team at H-MD Medical Spa in Oklahoma City, OK can add Botox to your anti-aging routine so you can maintain a relaxed appearance as you age.
How Long Does Botox Last?
Botox can minimize your wrinkles and give you a more youthful look. However, the results of this treatment do not last forever, and your results can last anywhere from three to six months. If you wish to maintain and extend your Botox results, you can get repeat injections before the results of your previous treatment wear off.
Why Is the Treatment Not Permanent?
Botox is derived from botulinum toxin, a protein that can block nerve signals from your brain to your muscles. When injected into strategic areas of your face, wrinkle-relaxers block nerve signals that tell your muscles to contract and cause wrinkles to appear.
Neurotoxins are naturally broken down by your body over time. How long exactly before your body breaks down your wrinkle-relaxing neurotoxins will depend on a few factors, such as your metabolism, age, and environment.
Why Can’t Wrinkles Disappear Permanently?
We gradually develop wrinkles and fine lines as part of the natural aging process. With age, our skin loses collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid, which are essential substances that maintain the youthful appearance of our skin. Our bodies produce less of the proteins that keep our skin, smooth, elastic, and supple.
Collagen supports the structure of our skin and helps repair sun damage. Elastin keeps our skin elastic so that permanent creases do not form when we make facial expressions. Lastly, hyaluronic acid keeps our skin moist and hydrated. By getting skin treatments that help support these proteins, including wrinkle-relaxing injections that prevent specific muscles from contracting, you can maintain a smoother, more youthful look for much longer.
What To Expect When Getting Wrinkle-Relaxing Injections
Before administering your injections, we will discuss your cosmetic goals and assess whether wrinkle-relaxing injections can achieve the results you desire. Once we have determined that you are a good candidate, we can then schedule your treatment.
On the day of your treatment, our team will make sure that you feel relaxed and comfortable. We will start by cleansing the areas that will require injections, and we may mark the injection sites with a removable marker. A numbing cream may be applied to minimize any sensation. Once you’re ready, we will carefully administer injections in various areas of your face.
A Personalized Treatment
Botox injections are personalized according to your needs and cosmetic goals. Not every person ages the same way, so we’ll need to carefully examine your skin condition and develop a personalized treatment plan that works for you. We will identify where your most prominent wrinkles appear, and we may either address all or one of your issues in a single appointment.
Results Show After Several Days
Right after receiving the injections, you’ll need to wait for at least 24-48 hours for your skin to heal and adjust to the treatment. You can expect subtle but visible results within three to five days. Your full and final result may not show until the seventh or tenth day after your treatment.
Before scheduling a touch-up treatment, we recommend that you wait for about two weeks to ensure that the injected neurotoxins have completely blocked off signals to your facial muscles. It takes time for your body to respond to the treatment, but the results will be worth it.
You’ll Achieve Natural-Looking Results
In the hands of skilled and experienced injectors, wrinkle-relaxing injections will not make you look frozen or prevent you from making facial expressions. We will ensure that you get beautiful, natural-looking results.
After getting the treatment, you’ll be able to laugh, smile, and talk as usual. Your range of expressions will not change, but they will appear softer. Wrinkle-relaxing injections can make you look younger by giving you a well-rested appearance.
It Takes Months for the Results To Wear Off
Wrinkle-relaxing injections offer temporary results. Over time, your muscles injected with neurotoxins will regain their function, and they will start receiving nerve signals once again. It takes about three to four months before the results of your treatment completely wear off.
However, some patients may enjoy results that last for four up to six months. If it’s your first-time to get the treatment, you may notice that your initial results do not last very long, but subsequent injections or touch-up treatments offer longer-lasting results. Because each person’s body is different, your treatment experience and results may vary. You can also take good care of your skin to help extend your results.
Should You Get Wrinkle-Relaxers or Dermal Fillers?
Do you wish to get long-lasting results from your cosmetic injectable treatment? If so, then you may have considered getting dermal fillers. Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, offer results that can last for up to 18 months. But you may be wondering, can dermal fillers replace the function of neurotoxin injections?
If you are concerned with the appearance of lines of expression or dynamic wrinkles, you’ll need neurotoxin injections to achieve satisfactory results. Lines of expression, such as frown lines and crow’s feet, appear when you make facial expressions or talk. Therefore, you’ll need to prevent certain muscles from contracting and causing wrinkles to appear, and that’s where neurotoxin injections come in.
Who Should Get Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers are used to address volume loss, smooth away static wrinkles, and help you achieve a fuller, more supple appearance. If you have deep creases and wrinkles that are present even when you’re not talking or emoting, then dermal fillers may be a suitable option for you.
Additionally, dermal fillers make an excellent anti-aging treatment because they can boost new collagen production. Collagen is a protein that’s naturally produced in the body, and it helps support the structure of your skin. An abundance of collagen makes your skin look firm and supple. Dermal fillers that support collagen growth, such as Radiesse and Restylane, can give you a boost in collagen growth for many months.
What Is the Best Time To Get Botox?
Signs of skin aging, such as fine lines and wrinkles, start to develop as we reach our 30s. If you see your reflection in the mirror and no longer see your youthful self, it might be the time to get cosmetic injections. Injectable treatments, including wrinkle-relaxing injections, can help improve the overall appearance of your skin and delay the signs of aging.
The best time to get wrinkle-relaxing injections is whenever you feel you can benefit from the treatment. You can start getting injections anytime from your 20s to your 50s. In your earlier years, neurotoxin injections can help delay or slow down skin aging. And as your wrinkles become more prominent, you can use wrinkle-relaxing infections to smooth them away and prevent the creases and lines from deepening further. The age you start your treatment will not affect the effectiveness of Botox.
Your Decision Matters
Choosing to get cosmetic injections to make you feel rejuvenated is a deeply personal choice. It is ultimately up to you whether you decide to add wrinkle-relaxers to your anti-aging routine. However, if you do not feel satisfied with your appearance and feel less confident because of your facial lines and wrinkles, you can seek our help. We can recommend an anti-aging treatment plan that’s tailored to your needs and expectations.
During your initial consultation, we will determine whether you are a good candidate for cosmetic injectables. It’s important that you are in good health and have realistic expectations about the treatment. If you meet the following criteria, then you may be a good candidate for wrinkle-relaxing injections:
- Have moderate to deep facial wrinkles
- Feel bothered by the appearance of aging skin
- Not seeing desired results from topical treatments
- Want to achieve wrinkle-free, smoother skin
Minimize Your Wrinkles and Look Your Best
Whether you’re experiencing premature signs of aging or looking to turn back the clock on your appearance, we have cosmetic solutions for you. Our team offers a variety of non-invasive treatments that can improve the way you see yourself. To get started on your anti-aging journey, contact H-MD Medical Spa in Oklahoma City, OK, and ask about the treatments we offer. We’d love to make you feel nurtured and cared for as you reach your cosmetic goals!