There are a lot of things to love about getting older: wisdom, perspective, experience. The one part of aging a lot of us could live without? Those wrinkles and lines that leave us looking less like ourselves and feeling more self-conscious about how we look. But with Botox, you can have the best of both worlds, enjoying soft, smooth, youthful-looking skin alongside all the best bits of getting older. To learn more about this brilliant treatment, offered here at Franklin Skin and Laser at Cool Springs in Franklin, TN, read on.
How Soon Will You Get Results From Botox?
The exact length of time will depend on how your body functions, so it’s different for everyone. For some patients, results start to develop in as little as seventy-two hours, when they’ll spot a reduction in fine lines. The best results, however, develop in the coming weeks, as the effects of the treatment settle and the skin smooths out. This can take up to two weeks, after which time patients can enjoy gorgeous, soft skin for months on end!
What Is Botox?
This FDA-approved injectable is a cosmetic solution to wrinkles and lines on the face, specifically “dynamic wrinkles”, which are caused by repeated facial movements. It’s been a huge hit since it first came on the scene in 1985, and is still the most popular minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment globally. It’s a “neuromodulator”, which means rather than targeting the problematic skin itself, it targets the nerves underneath it to stop lines from developing. Patients love that there’s no downtime required after treatment, plus it only takes a few minutes to achieve stunning, lasting looks.
What Exactly Are “Dynamic Wrinkles”?
We develop wrinkles in two primary ways: from sagging skin that causes the skin to droop and fold, and from repeated facial movements that etch lines into the skin over time. The latter are dynamic wrinkles, and Botox is used to target them specifically. These are the lines that become more pronounced when you move your face and express emotion, including forehead lines, bunny ears on the top of the nose, smile lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines between the eyebrows.
Since these wrinkles become more obvious as we emote, many people try to limit the appearance of dynamic wrinkles by trying to keep their faces as still as possible, limiting how much they smile, laugh, frown, or cry. But who wants to spend all day worrying about what they’re doing with their face? This treatment affords patients the freedom to live their lives uninhibited and know that wrinkles and lines aren’t forming as they do so, which is an incredible feeling.
How Does Treatment Work?
During treatment, a product is injected into the facing using a very fine needle. The key ingredient in the product used is called Botulinum toxin. The product is sent under the skin and into the nerves, where it works to block communication between them and the muscles nearby. Now, when the nerves tell the muscles to move to smile or frown, the muscles won’t follow these instructions, instead they stay relaxed. The skin on top, as a result, will stay soft and will not crease, no matter how much you move your face!
Is There a “Right Age” for Treatment?
While many of our clients are in their 40s and 50s, there’s no one perfect age to seek out treatment. Dynamic wrinkles can affect anyone at varying levels of severity, so as long as you’re over eighteen, you’re warmly invited to come in for a consultation! Since this treatment stops lines and wrinkles from forming, it can be used on younger clients as a preventative measure to stop those dynamic wrinkles from developing.
What Other Factors Make a Good Candidate?
Interested parties should be realistic about what this treatment can achieve; for example, it won’t be able to lift sagging skin or provide the dramatic structural changes that a facelift can. Instead, it provides patients with a natural, refreshed glow that enhances their existing beauty. Certain medical conditions and medications, as well as pregnancy, will make you ineligible for treatment. If we find you’re not a suitable candidate for this particular treatment, we’d be delighted to suggest some incredible alternatives!
What Should I Expect Out of Treatment?
The first step of the process is to come in for a chat about the treatment. This will be your chance to talk us through your cosmetic goals and skin concerns, and we can ensure that this treatment will be the right course of action for you to take. For example, if we determine that your wrinkles are caused by sagging skin rather than repeated facial movements, we may suggest an alternative treatment such as dermal fillers instead. We’ll also go over your medical history and any medications you might be on to ensure you’re a healthy and suitable candidate.
A Customizable Treatment
Here at Franklin Skin and Laser, we know that everyone’s skin concerns are different. That’s why we tailor a treatment plan specific to you, paying careful attention to your exact goals and your skin’s needs. These specifics will include things like the number of injections, how many units of product you’ll need, and where the injections will be made. This plan can be updated for any and all of your future sessions as your skin evolves and your cosmetic goals change.
On the Day
Treatment is performed right here in our beautiful Franklin office. We’ll ask that you come in with a clean face that’s free of makeup and sunscreen so that there’s no risk of foreign substances touching the needle. We’ll also ask that, ahead of your treatment, you avoid blood-thinning medications like aspirin and fish oil tablets as they can result in bruising. We’ll first apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment areas to ensure your comfort. We’ll then make the injections, using a needle that’s so fine many patients report they can barely feel it. The injections can take between five and fifteen minutes, and then you’ll be all finished!
As mentioned above, there’s no downtime associated with this treatment. Patients are immediately able to carry on with their days, whether that’s heading back to work, carrying on running errands, or even having a shop in Cool Springs! Because we don’t use anesthetics, you’re even able to drive yourself to and from your appointment. We will suggest a few things to avoid after treatment to help with healing, including vigorous exercise, harsh sunlight exposure, and the use of retinol. These lifestyle changes will only be required for a few days.
Will My Face Look Frozen After Treatment?
You may have heard that, since this treatment limits muscle movement, it can make a person look like they have a “frozen” face. But this isn’t the case at all! Treatment is so targeted, with the product only affecting the area it’s been injected into. The surrounding areas on the face will remain completely unaffected, moving as normally and giving you overall a very natural, subtle look akin to a fantastic, age-defying facial. In fact, results are so subtle that no one will be able to tell you’ve undergone treatment unless you tell them!
How Often Can I Get This Treatment?
Patients love that you can get this treatment again and again, each time achieving the same stunning results. The effects of this treatment generally last for between four and six months, after which time you’ll start to notice wrinkles reappearing in the treated areas as the Botulinum toxin wears off. When this happens, simply call us and book a maintenance session! It will be as quick and easy as the first, and we can even update your treatment plan if you want to make any changes or additions. All this means that patients can get treatment two or three times per year.
Are You Ready for Gorgeous, Younger-Looking Skin?
With Botox, you can enjoy getting older with dignity and having control over the way you age. No longer will you have to worry about how you’re holding yourself or monitoring your facial movements, instead just relaxing and enjoying life. Severe wrinkles can be softened and fine lines diminished with just a few simple injections and virtually no recovery period afterward. So what are you waiting for? To get started, schedule your consultation with Franklin Skin and Laser at Cool Springs in Franklin, TN, today.