Dynamic wrinkles settling in for good can be a shock. You may feel like you look older or more tired than you are. Also, others may feel that you look disinterested or frustrated when you really feel neutral. At Allure Laser & Med Spa in Tinley Park, IL, we proudly offer Botox, an incredible wrinkle-relaxing treatment.
How Can You Get Rid of Frown Lines? Discover Botox
Frown lines are the vertical lines that form between your brows. Due to their vertical orientation, they are often referred to as 11 lines, and they are known as glabellar lines in the medical community. Glabellar lines form when your glabellar muscles become too tight. Often, this is the result of decades of furrowing your brows or frowning. However, these deep lines can develop due to years of squinting, as well.
What Exactly Are Dynamic Wrinkles?
How They Develop
Two types of wrinkles develop as we age. Static wrinkles are caused by a significant increase in skin laxity and a decrease in collagen production. This type of wrinkle occurs when sagging, droopy skin folds in on itself. Dynamic wrinkles are caused by muscle contractions that are so powerful and frequently repeated that the muscle itself wrinkles. Eventually, the underlying muscles become so wrinkled that they wrinkle the skin above them.
What Dynamic Lines Look Like
Besides frown lines, some of the most common dynamic wrinkles that affect the face include crow’s feet, bunny lines, and worry lines. You will notice that dynamic wrinkles deepen when you emote. However, nobody should feel that they shouldn’t smile because their crow’s feet and smile lines are deep enough. If you feel self-conscious about your dynamic wrinkles, Botox can help you.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Botox is known as a neuromodulator treatment because it targets the nerves in your areas of concern. This neuromodulator treatment works because the botulinum toxin that is injected targets some of the motor nerves in the wrinkled muscles.
This impedes the communication signals sent from your brain to your facial muscles. Since your muscles aren’t getting as many signals to contract, they will relax. Once the underlying muscles relax, the skin above the relaxed muscles will relax.
What Is the Treatment Process Like?
Prior to Your Injection Session
The first step in the treatment process is coming for an initial consultation. We will evaluate the cause of your cosmetic concerns to identify the most effective treatment for you. Then, we will review your health history, talk about the drugs and supplements you are currently taking, and tailor a treatment plan for you. Due to the non-invasive nature of this treatment, there is very little you have to do to prepare for your injection session.
However, you should stop taking certain medications, such as NSAIDs, MAOIs, fish oil supplements, and oral muscle relaxants. You should also refrain from drinking alcohol and smoking for a short period of time, but you will not be asked to fast prior to your treatment.
During Your Injection Session
On the day of your injection session, you should come in without any cosmetics on your face. Once we sanitize the areas targeted for treatment, we may apply a topical anesthetic. Whether you opt for a topical anesthetic is completely up to you. We administer this muscle relaxant into your muscles with a tiny needle.
Therefore, if you do not opt for a topical numbing cream, you will only feel a slight pressure as the medication is administered. If you opt for a topical numbing cream, you should expect your treatment to take approximately an extra 20 minutes. It usually takes around 15 minutes for the numbing cream to take effect.
Following Your Injection Session
One exciting thing about this treatment is there is no downtime required after your session whatsoever. You won’t need a loved one to take time off from work to care for you as you recover. Rather, you can resume your usual routine right away. In fact, people often schedule this quick anti-aging treatment during their lunch break. However, you should be advised of a few small restrictions.
For example, for 24 hours following your treatment, you should not apply too much pressure to the treatment areas, use harsh chemicals on the treatment areas, exercise vigorously, or expose the treatment areas to too much heat.
Will I Be Able to Feel My Face After My Injection Session?
Yes, you will be able to feel your face once your injections are complete. This neuromodulator only affects some of the motor nerves in the muscles. It does not affect sensory neurons at all. Therefore, your face will not feel or look frozen.
How Quickly Do the Results Become Apparent?
The results of this injectable muscle relaxant become apparent very quickly. Some people start to see the results of their treatment in just 72 hours. However, other people may not start to see their results for five to six days. Regardless of how quickly your initial results become apparent, you can feel confident that your final results will become apparent within 10 days of the injections.
How Long Do the Results of This Treatment Last?
You can feel confident that the results of your treatment will last for at least three to four months. However, if a smaller dose is administered, your results may only last for two months. On the other hand, if a large dose is used, it is possible to enjoy results that last for six months. Also, you should understand that your results will start to fade slowly once your muscles have metabolized the medication.
As soon as you notice your results fading, you may want to come in for a follow-up session to maintain your youthful appearance. The longer your muscles are relaxed, the longer your results will last after subsequent treatments.
Will This Medication Affect Other Parts of My Face?
No, this treatment will not affect any other region of your face. Due to the precision with which we can administer the medication, we can inject the medication exactly where it needs to be. Once administered, it will not spread outside the treatment area. For example, it will settle into the muscle it is injected into, but it will not spread down your face and settle around your eyes if you are getting injections in your forehead.
Who Qualifies for This Treatment?
Individuals who are at least 22 years of age may qualify for this injectable muscle relaxant treatment. However, to qualify, you must be old enough to receive treatment and struggle with dynamic wrinkles. If you have wrinkles caused by volume loss, you will not achieve your desired results with this treatment.
Also, you must be healthy enough to receive this treatment. For example, if you are suffering from a chronic condition, like heart disease, you may not qualify for this injectable anti-aging treatment. Additionally, you may not qualify for this treatment if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to become pregnant. Moreover, you must have realistic expectations regarding the results of this treatment.
Can This Treatment Lift Sagging Skin?
As stated previously, wrinkles and folds may be caused by sagging skin. This is a direct result of an insufficient supply of collagen and elastin, crucial chemical compounds that keep the skin supported and supple. As we age, expose our skin to UV rays, and are exposed to harsh chemicals like nicotine, our skin can’t produce enough collagen and elastin. However, Botox cannot be used to increase the amount of collagen and elastin in the skin.
Rather, it can only relax overactive muscles. If you’re concerned about wrinkles caused by collagen loss, microneedling may be a better anti-aging treatment for you.
What Is Microneedling?
Also known as collagen induction therapy, microneedling is an FDA-approved treatment designed to induce extra collagen production. Over the course of a couple of weeks following this treatment, the skin in the treatment area will produce much more collagen than it usually does. This volumizes the treatment area significantly, filling in wrinkles.
Say Goodbye to Glabellar Lines Today
Are you sick and tired of people thinking you’re grumpy or mean due to permanent glabellar lines? Do you feel like erasing these pesky vertical lines would improve your self-confidence? If so, Botox may be right for you. To learn more about this injectable muscle relaxant, schedule a consultation with one of our aesthetic experts at Allure Laser & Med Spa in Tinley Park, IL.