Even when you use all the right products and take great pains to protect your skin from the sun, you can’t delay the onset of fine lines and wrinkles forever. The good news is that Botox can help you address areas of your face that you’d like to smooth over. Our team at Bala Aesthetics and Medispa in Bel Air, MD, is proud to offer a range of injectable treatments to help give our patients a confidence boost.
How Quickly Does Botox Start Working?
Within 48 Hours
This treatment is known to give patients fast results. Most patients can begin to enjoy visual improvements just 24 to 48 hours after their Botox injection. That said, some patients find that their results may take a few days to show up. If you don’t notice any changes in 48 hours, you may have to wait an extra day or two for your skin to respond. Everyone’s skin is a little different, so sometimes the timeline can vary slightly.
By the time you reach 10 to 14 days after your treatment, you should have reached the “full effect” time frame. This is when your results peak at their strongest. This time frame tends to last for around three months. After three months, you may notice the treatment starting to fade slightly.
Benefits of Regularity
If you want to strengthen the results of your treatment, you may want to look into regularly scheduled appointments. By receiving regular doses of Botox, you can actually encourage your results to last longer. Eventually, this can allow patients to space their treatments out a little more and still get the same results.
Our team would be happy to talk with you about what we recommend when it comes to your treatment schedule. You can always make adjustments as needed if you start to notice your results lasting longer than before.
How Does It Work?
The reason regular injections can help improve your results is due to how the treatment works. This treatment blocks targeted muscles from receiving “movement messages.” Since the treated muscles are no longer being told to move and contract, the muscles can relax. This relaxation has a smoothing effect on the overlying skin.
When specific muscles are treated consistently, it can help these muscles adapt to their more relaxed state. Since the muscles are used to not contracting, it can help them stay still longer and more effectively.
Trustworthy and Effective
This treatment is composed of a thoroughly purified strain of clostridium botulinum type A. This neurotoxin, when processed and administered by trained professionals, is considered a safe and effective treatment for wrinkles. It has even been used to help treat other medical conditions, such as excessive sweating, muscle spasms, and more.
This treatment has a well-respected track record and has been in use for several decades. Due to its popularity and extended use, it has been put through extensive testing to ensure that it is used as safely and effectively as possible. Our team has the training and experience needed to carry out treatment successfully.
How Long Do Results Usually Last?
About Four Months
We’ve mentioned that the peak results of this treatment can last up to three months. At this point, your results may begin to fade, but many patients still notice improvements from their treatment for around four months. Some patients can notice benefits for even longer, especially if they receive regular treatments. Patients who receive larger units of treatment may notice results for a bit longer than patients who seek out more minimal treatments.
Your skin condition, the severity of your wrinkles, and other individual factors can all play a role in the longevity of your results. During your consultation, we can take a look at your skin condition and talk through your aesthetic goals. This may help us give you a more accurate timeline. Once we know how your skin responds to treatment, we can act on that knowledge and set up a schedule that helps you maintain your results.
A Quick Process
While you can expect to enjoy your results for a long time, the treatment itself is exceptionally fast. Many treatments only take about 10 to 15 minutes, saving you plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your day. In a modern world where everyone has packed schedules, this is a definite benefit.
What’s the Right Age for Treatment?
It’s Very Flexible
A lot of people are under the assumption that you have to be a certain age for this treatment to work. The truth is a lot more flexible than that. Some patients start to seek out treatments in their 20s, as soon as they see fine lines starting to show up. This can help delay the progression of dynamic lines turning into static lines.
Other patients prefer to wait until they have more moderate lines and wrinkles to target. The treatment is flexible, and it depends on what you’d like for your face. As long as you’re 18, and we believe this treatment has a good chance of helping you either prevent or treat the wrinkles you’d like to address, you could be a good candidate.
What Can I Have Treated?
Botox is generally used to treat dynamic wrinkles that have become static wrinkles over time. Dynamic wrinkles are the lines you see when you make facial expressions. As we continue to make expressions throughout our lives, these wrinkles tend to deepen and can become permanent residents on your face.
Whether your wrinkles have become permanent, or you just want them to be less visible when you make facial expressions, this treatment can help. Mild and severe wrinkles can both be treated.
Most people think of forehead lines when the word “wrinkles” comes to mind. These lines tend to deepen over time, and can be some of the first deep lines to develop on the face.
This is likely due to the fact that we heavily use our eyebrows to make almost any expression, and that moves the skin of our forehead. These horizontal lines can be smoothed over as the muscles of the forehead are relaxed.
Some patients have a single vertical line between their eyebrows, while others have frown lines that form an “11.” These lines may be exaggerated when you squint or furrow your brow, but often become permanent later on in life.
Treating frown lines can increase confidence, since some patients feel as though their frown lines make them look stern or serious even when their face is at rest. This treatment is a great way to soften your resting facial expression and give your upper face a more youthful appearance.
Sometimes called “laugh lines,” these thin lines extend from the outer corners of each eye. When you smile, laugh, or squint, these lines tend to deepen. By gently treating the muscles in this area, your laugh lines can be reduced.
What Are My Alternatives?
Offering a range of treatments is important when it comes to helping our patients find the right fit. Rather than blocking nerve signals, dermal fillers are used to fill in wrinkles or hollows in the face. This can help address wrinkles and give patients a more youthful complexion.
Dermal fillers and Botox can both be very effective either on their own or when used together. When we discuss your options, we’d be happy to recommend the approach we believe is best for your needs.
Many fillers have the added benefit of boosting collagen. Collagen is a key “building block” of our skin cells, and plays a big role in naturally encouraging cell regeneration and skin health. Boosting collagen can help our skin regain a healthier texture and firmness.
Some of the dermal fillers we offer here include the following:
Choosing Your Treatment
We know it can be overwhelming to look at the different options and wonder which one would be best. That’s why we’re here to offer our expertise and advice. Not only can you consider our different dermal fillers, but we even offer Dysport, which is very similar to Botox. Each treatment has slightly different benefits.
Part of what may influence our recommendation is what area of the face you’d like to treat, what kinds of wrinkles you have, and how severe the wrinkles are.
Get the Look You Want
With a range of options available, we’re confident we can help you choose the right treatment or combination of treatments for your needs. If you’re ready to learn more, contact us at Bala Aesthetics and Medispa in Bel Air, MD, today and get your consultation set up!