Of the many changes that our bodies go through while aging, fine lines and wrinkles can be some of the more unwelcomed ones. These imperfections can affect everything from our confidence to how others treat us. Here at Sule Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic in Dallas, TX, we’ve had excellent success at treating these types of skin issues with Botox, a temporary yet highly effective form of therapy that can be regularly repeated to maintain results.
How Often Can You Get Botox?
While most of our patients schedule their treatment sessions every three months, regardless of whether their lines and wrinkles have returned, others prefer to return for more treatments only when they’re seeing the effects wearing off. This is entirely up to preference, as you have the choice of taking either a preventative or corrective approach at any time.
Correcting issues only once they appear has the benefit of convenience because it means scheduling fewer appointments each year, but because this medication is temporary, you’ll likely need to return at least every four months. Taking a proactive approach by scheduling every three months can be more advantageous, as it allows you to maintain a youthful look throughout the year without having to worry about anyone noticing lines and wrinkles returning when the effects wear off.
How Does Botox Work?
Botox is a potent neuromuscular medication that can block the chemical signals that cause facial muscles to contract. Acetylcholine, a protein responsible for these signals, can keep muscles tensed over time, which leads to the development of both lines and wrinkles earlier in life. In older age, the skin produces less collagen, which is one of the main factors involved in age-related skin conditions.
When lines are caused by muscle contractions, they’re called expression lines, and lower collagen levels can make these lines more apparent. By blocking acetylcholine and boosting collagen levels in the skin, this therapy can be quite effective for almost anyone who has expression lines and wrinkles, regardless of age.
Expression Lines vs. Other Types
The face can exhibit many different types of lines, which can all be caused by different things. This therapy is most effective at treating expression lines, which are the types that quickly appear or become more prominent when you’re smiling, frowning, or making other facial expressions.
You might notice these lines appear out of nowhere with these actions, and they may quickly disappear after you relax your face or they may take some time to gradually disappear. In some cases, especially with older age, these lines can remain long after you’ve relaxed your face. They still differ from other types of lines because they’re caused by muscle contractions and can often be treated by paralyzing the muscles they’re associated with.
What Makes This Therapy Safe?
Minimally Invasive Injections
There are no surgical procedures, cutting, or long recovery periods with this treatment because it’s minimally invasive and only involves tiny needles that are much smaller in diameter than the types normally used to take blood.
The Effects Are Not Permanent
Also, since there is no cutting or surgical tools involved, there are no permanent changes made to your body other than the potential improvements seen once the treatment begins to work. Your facial muscles may learn to become more relaxed with time, but your face itself won’t be permanently changed.
Used by Millions of People
It’s also worth noting that millions of patients have been treated with this therapy around the world with excellent results, so it’s a tried-and-true approach that has already undergone rigorous testing and clinical trials and has become as popular as it is because of its well-known safety profile.
Only Small Amounts Used
Because this treatment session is tailored to your skin type and muscle tone, only conservative amounts of medication are used. The amounts we typically inject are only what your target muscles need, so you won’t get the “frozen face” that is often associated with injectables, as it won’t affect your ability to make facial expressions.
The Injections Are Localized
We use tiny small-diameter needles which allow us to be very precise in where we’re injecting this medication. This means that the medication is localized only to the areas we treat and doesn’t spread beyond these areas.
Dr. Sule has many years of experience with injectables and has had excellent results using this therapy over the years. Not only are we professionally licensed to administer this therapy but we’re also highly skilled in personalizing it to your needs.
What Should I Expect During Treatment?
After an initial consultation, which allows us to assess your skin, facial muscles, and any issues you’d like treated, we can begin your treatment if we determine that you’ll likely benefit from it. The treatment session is usually very quick, and typically takes only about fifteen minutes for most patients.
We’ll carefully inject small amounts of Botox into the target areas using a microneedle, which doesn’t normally result in any pain. Some muscles may only need a single injection, depending on their size, but most require at least two or three injections into different locations.
Is There Any Downtime Afterward?
Once your treatment session is over, there’s no need to rest and no downtime, so you can resume your regular routine immediately. However, we’ll recommend that you take a few minor precautions for a few days, such as not rubbing the treated areas, not lying down for the first four hours after treatment, and staying away from any excessive heat (e.g. not suntanning).
How Soon Will I See the Results?
You should first notice the effects of this treatment anywhere within 5 to 15 days, though it’s not uncommon for some patients to notice improvements anywhere just outside of this range. The full results normally occur around the two-week point after treatment, and they should continue for at least three months after that.
The first sign that you’ll probably notice is a relaxing feeling in the muscles of your face, followed by improvements in your appearance in the days or weeks after this. It can take some time for the skin to respond to this treatment, but once it does, you should start seeing both lines and wrinkles gradually becoming less visible. The injections themselves can stimulate collagen, and slowly this can also help to improve certain conditions while softening the skin.
Botox Works for Both Men and Women
This therapy can be appropriate for both men and women because we can all experience the same types of lines and wrinkles in our lives, regardless of gender. It’s not uncommon for both men and women to get crow’s feet, stress lines, and worry lines with older age.
The treatment approach is therefore the same for all patients and there is no difference when it comes to the body’s response to this treatment as well. In addition to the aging process, stress, which we know everybody experiences, can also contribute to a reduction of collagen in the skin, and this can play a major role in the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?
This treatment may be a good fit for you, but it’s not for everyone and the following factors can play a role in who makes for a good candidate:
While your skin may not be in perfect shape, you should still be in overall good health, as we want to make sure that you can tolerate injections without any blood-clotting issues.
Although this therapy is appropriate for adults of all ages, it may not be suitable for some who are older than 60. If you’re a bit older, we’ll need to look at your skin during the consultation to determine if this treatment is the right approach for you.
The overall condition of your skin may play a role in your candidacy for this treatment, as some skin types may not be suitable if lines are caused by factors other than simply muscle contractions.
It’s also important that you have realistic expectations and understand the limitations of this treatment. While it can be extremely effective in treating some lines and wrinkles, the results are temporary and it can’t treat all issues.
Schedule With Us Today
Quick, safe, and regularly used by millions of people, Botox is exactly what you’ve been looking for if you’re unhappy with your appearance and would like to minimize lines or wrinkles. We’re here to help rejuvenate your skin with this therapy, so contact us today at Sule Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic in Dallas, TX to schedule your initial consultation.