BOTOX® treatments are some of the most popular non-surgical cosmetic treatments on the planet. Every year, millions of treatments are administered. There was a time when the majority of people interested in this treatment were female and over the age of 40. Now, things have changed. When you walk around Harrisonburg, you will encounter people of different ages and sexes who have opted to make use of this age-defying treatment.
A surprising number of millennials are turning to this treatment as a preventive way of maintaining their youthful appearance. Maybe you are considering having these treatments for yourself. If so, it is understandable that you have a number of questions that you would like answered. Below are some of the more common questions that people have about this popular treatment.
What is It Like to Get the Treatment?
This is one of the first questions that most people ask when thinking about getting these treatments done. They are concerned that the treatments might cause some form of discomfort. And it is understandable that people would think like this. But the truth of the matter is that when the treatments are administered by trained professionals, there is little to no discomfort.
What is so nice about these injections is just how quickly they are administered. For most people, the entire treatment session takes just minutes. This means that you can come in, get the injections, and then return to work or your other daily activities immediately.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The reason why people ask this question is because when most people see the results they get from their treatment, they want the results to last for as long as possible. There are very few things that feel as good as looking at yourself in the mirror and realizing that you look younger and more refreshed. There are few things as unnerving as realizing that if you don’t do anything in short order, you’re going to start looking old again.
In a perfect world, BOTOX® treatments would last forever. You would need just one treatment, and your look would be permanently youthful. Currently, such a treatment does not exist. This injectable treatment is designed to be temporary. The length of time it will last will vary from patient to patient. Factors that will come into play will be the individual’s metabolism, the area that’s being treated, and the strength of the muscles that are being treated. And there are other factors that will determine how long the results of the treatment will last.
First, one needs to consider the dosage that is administered. This product is measured by units. The more units a muscle receives, the longer the results are going to last. However, each person’s face is going to react differently to the treatment. It could be that one individual has strong eye muscles, but their forehead muscles are weak. Another person’s face could be just the opposite. This is why the amount of the product that is administered is going to vary from patient to patient based on their facial structure and their muscles.
During the first treatment, the professional administering the treatment is going to accurately gauge the amount of the product that is needed in order to produce the desired results. What they will use to make this determination will be the patient’s muscle movements and the wrinkles that they currently have on their face. Repeat injections will allow the professional administering the treatment to adjust the dose with the goal of producing the desired results and allowing the results to last longer while also looking natural.
Dilution is another factor that will determine the length of time the results of the treatment will be seen. The right balance is key to producing safe and desirable results. It is possible for the product to be overdiluted. If this happens, the effects are going to wear off faster.
Generally speaking, the more frequently an individual has the treatments done, the longer they are going to see results. A person may have their very first treatment and then need to have a touch-up after four months or so. However, by their third or fourth treatment, they may notice that the results last longer. It is not clearly known why the number of treatments a patient has affects the length of time results are seen. One reason may be that an individual’s muscles get used to the relaxing effects of the treatment and are less prone to return to their active state. In some cases, long-term patients have been known to be able to go quite a while before needing a follow-up treatment.
Another factor to consider when determining how long the treatment will last is the professional injecting the product. A trained professional not only understands the dose to administer, but they are also experts at operating the injection equipment. They know where to place the injections based on the physiological structure of the face and the aesthetics of the face. The goal is to create a natural and youthful appearance that is going to last for as long as possible.
This is why it is important for people to avoid unskilled injectors. There is absolutely no reason to entrust your appearance to someone who is not skilled at properly administering this treatment.
BOTOX® should be stored in a cool place. Once it is removed from the cold environment, it can only be stored at room temperature for a set amount of time before it loses its potency. If it is allowed to stay at room temperature for too long and then is administered to a patient, the effects of the treatment are going to wear off a lot faster than expected. For this reason, it is important for patients to be sure that the product is being administered by an experienced professional.
Can BOTOX® Treat All Types of Wrinkles?
If you are going to see any benefits at all from your BOTOX® treatments, you need to have the type of wrinkles that this product has been designed to address. Wrinkles fall into two basic categories: static and dynamic. Static wrinkles are the wrinkles that are caused by overexposure to the sun, loss of facial volume, loss of collagen, a reduction in hyaluronic acid, and the breakdown of elastin in the skin. Static wrinkles are the wrinkles that are always there regardless of your facial expression.
Static wrinkles can be addressed in a number of ways, including using dermal fillers. Dermal fillers add volume to the face. This added volume strengthens and fills out the skin, removing lines and wrinkles. Since most dermal fillers are made primarily of hyaluronic acid, they also attract moisture to the skin, adding to its plumpness.
BOTOX® works on dynamic wrinkles. These are the wrinkles that appear when you make different facial expressions, such as smiling, laughing, or frowning. You can see these wrinkles when you look at yourself in the mirror and make different facial movements. Dynamic wrinkles in and of themselves are not bad. Especially when you are young, dynamic wrinkles add life to your face. When you smile and you get crow’s feet on the side of your eyes, people know that your laugh or your smile is genuine.
Dynamic wrinkles express emotion. The problem is that as we get older, our skin gets thinner and loses its ability to bounce back. With time, the dynamic wrinkles that were only present while expressing emotion start to etch into the face. This is what can really make a person look old.
BOTOX® is designed to prevent dynamic wrinkles by temporarily relaxing the muscles that contract during facial movements. They work by blocking the signals that are sent to the nerves that control these facial muscles. The result is that you are still able to make facial expressions, so you can still express joy, sadness, frustration. The only difference is that your facial muscles are not contracting so forcefully and do not produce dynamic wrinkles.
You should start to see the results of your treatment within just days of getting the injections. But what is great about this treatment is that it is designed to produce natural-looking results. So while you and the professional who performed your treatment are going to know that you had something done, your friends, family members, and others will have no idea what you had done unless you tell them. They are going to notice that you look younger and more vibrant. But because the results look natural, they will likely think that your renewed appearance is the result of getting more sleep, changing your diet, or just being overall happy.
How Do I Get Started?
Prior to getting BOTOX® injections, you will have a consultation with us. During that consultation, we are going to talk to you about your candidacy for the treatment and make sure it is right for you. What is great about these treatments is that they are non-surgical and minimally-invasive. Little to no downtime is involved, and most people in Harrisonburg who are interested in them tend to qualify for them. However, we still want to make sure the treatment is a good fit for you.
Are you interested in improving your appearance by eliminating or fading dynamic wrinkles? Are you sick and tired of the way that crow’s feet and other dynamic wrinkles are making you look older than you really are? If so, you owe it to yourself to learn more information about BOTOX® injections at Shenandoah Women’s Healthcare in Harrisonburg. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started. We look forward to hearing from you!