With age, the skin loses some of its ability to produce collagen and elastin, resulting in fine lines, wrinkles, and creases. Crow’s feet, worry lines, frown lines, and “angry 11s” between the eyebrows can become more pronounced, and creams, lotions, and serums can only do so much to help.
The best way to combat these signs of aging and regain a more youthful appearance is to go beneath the skin’s surface to target these issues. Botox is one of the most effective and powerful anti-aging and skin-smoothing treatments available.
At Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek, we can harness the power of Botox to restore a more youthful appearance without surgical procedures.
Botox has become the premier injection treatment to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, Botox may alleviate the pain and pressure associated with migraine headaches. It is also an effective treatment for hyperhidrosis, a condition characterized by severe underarm sweating.
What Is Botox and How Does It Work?
Botulinum toxin (Botox) was the first treatment approved by the FDA to improve the appearance of moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. This prescription medication is a protein that, when injected into a muscle, prevents communication between muscles and nerves, temporarily paralyzing the treated muscle.
Botox cosmetic injections target one of the main causes of wrinkles and lines: the repetitive muscle contractions that happen when you make facial expressions.
These muscle movements furrow the skin, and collagen and elastin restore the skin to its smooth, relaxed state. However, as collagen and elastin production decrease with age, the skin loses its ability to bounce back.
Botox works by forcing those facial muscles to relax, giving the skin the chance to unfurrow. It also smooths the treated area to reveal a rejuvenated appearance.
What Are Botox Injection Treatments Like?
Botox injections are minimally invasive, and appointment sessions are relatively quick. In addition, there is minimal to no downtime required after treatments, which means you can go back to your normal daily routine right away.
Before Your Appointment
Before your first treatment, we’ll ask you to come into Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek for a consultation. During this preliminary appointment, we’ll review your medical history and go over any medications you’re taking in order to make sure that you’re ready for treatment.
We will also talk about your aesthetic goals to make sure that Botox will be the most effective way to achieve them. We’ll create a personalized treatment plan that is customized to your unique needs and ensure that all of your questions have been answered.
On the Day of Your Appointment
It’s best that you come in on the day of your appointment with a fresh, clean face and that you have no makeup on. This way, the risk of any foreign substances interfering with your Botox injections is eliminated. Your Botox treatment session will likely take no more than 30 minutes.
Your session can be longer or shorter, however, depending on how many areas you will have treated, how deep the lines are, and how thick your skin tissue is. Typically, three to five injections are done per session for targeted areas. The plan that was created during your consultation will be followed, so you will always know what will happen.
After Your Appointment
No anesthesia is used for Botox treatments, so you won’t need to rely on another person to help you to and from your appointment. In addition, since there is no downtime required after Botox treatments, you won’t have to take time off from work or rearrange your schedule in order to recover.
There are a few tips you can follow to allow your skin to recover quickly, including:
- Avoid products with retinol in them for 24 hours after treatment
- Avoid extreme heat
- Avoid strenuous exercise
- Avoid direct sunlight
More specific guidelines will be offered at the end of your appointment based on any concerns you may have at that time.
Botox Results: What to Expect
Some people notice that their lines and wrinkles begin to decrease within a few hours after treatment. On average, optimal results will be visible after about three days, which is much shorter than many surgical and more invasive cosmetic procedures.
Topical products, including serums and creams, can take several months for changes (if any) to appear. And wrinkles and lines that are treated with topical solutions are only reduced or minimized, at best.
The results of Botox injections usually last about four to five months, after which we recommend that patients come back for their next treatment. Our patients are often so pleased with their results that they look forward to returning for touch-up appointments!
Botox Injection Treatments in Denver, CO
It’s vital that you only trust the best board-certified dermatologist in the Denver, CO, and Cherry Creek, CO, area for Botox treatment; the experience and manner of a skilled specialist make a world of difference in the end results that patients enjoy.
Dr. Adrienne Stewart has years of experience in helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals with Botox treatments. Dr. Stewart only uses full-strength pharmacy-grade Botox from the manufacturer, Allergan.
When you come in for your initial consultation, we will take the time to learn about your goals. You’ll discover that since the application of Botox by Dr. Stewart is so precise, facial muscles outside of the treatment area remain unaffected. This ensures that your results are beautifully natural-looking.
Don’t trust your face to just anyone; contact Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek to schedule your Botox consultation today.