Many of the facial expressions that we make on a daily basis are subconscious. When you concentrate, squint at the sun, or laugh at a friend’s joke, you probably won’t pay much attention to the effect your expressions are having on your skin. However, over time lines can begin to form as the skin folds again and again in these locations. If you feel like your dynamic wrinkles are making you feel less confident, Botox injections can help to smooth out these wrinkles. At Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek, we can create a personalized plan that will help you with your aesthetic goals.
What Is Botox and How Does It Work?
Botox is a neuromodulator that can be used both medically and cosmetically to relax muscles in any given treatment area. A neuromodulator works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles in a controlled way.
The active ingredient in Botox, botulinum toxin A, is used to target and relax muscles in the face that are causing the type of facial movement that results in wrinkles. Muscles are responsible for wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows, and next to the eyes, among others. Botox is FDA-approved for use in all of these areas and can be used off-label for other concerns, as recommended by your doctor.
The Botox Injection Process
Even if you have heard of Botox, you may not know what to expect from your first treatment. With every Botox treatment, you can expect a comfortable and customized experience. We will spend as long as necessary during your initial consultation to help answer any questions that you have about the process, the recovery time, and the results. We will take a medical history to make sure the treatment is suitable for you, and we will discuss the areas that will be treated.
After your consultation, you will be prepped for the treatment. We cleanse your skin and may mark the areas that are going to be treated. You will receive a customized number of units based on how subtle or dramatic you want the results to be.
Injections are not painful due to the size of the needle. However, there can be a small pinch with each injection. We often apply topical numbing cream to the area to make the injections more comfortable for you.
How Long Does It Take for Botox to Work?
Most patients don’t notice the results of their Botox right away. Instead, you can expect to start to see small changes to your lines and wrinkles 48 hours after your treatment. It can take several more weeks for the full effects of your Botox treatment to take effect.
Will Your Results Look Natural?
While some of our patients want a look that is more dramatic, many people are concerned about having a Botox treatment that doesn’t look natural. We listen to all of our patients to develop a treatment plan that matches their goals. If you want a way to minimize wrinkles that is more subtle and still looks like you, this can be achieved with Botox. We offer light injections that will keep your face fresh and uplifted and allow you to have natural expressions with fewer lines. We will often go lighter when you first come in since we can always build on the results that you get during your first treatment.
How Long Will Botox Results Last?
It can be difficult to predict how long a treatment may last for each individual patient. However, studies show that the results of Botox treatments last an average of 3-4 months. If you want to continue to enjoy smooth skin on your whole upper face, you can consider The Look of 3 treatment plan by Botox.
What Is The Look of 3?
Regular maintenance appointments are important if you want to keep your wrinkles away. The Look of 3 treatment plan treats three areas, your crow’s feet, forehead lines, and glabellar lines. Botox is the only treatment that is FDA-approved for treating all three areas together. This treatment plan focuses on regular appointments that are scheduled every three months. With routine treatments, you can enjoy results that can increase in effectiveness over time and will help to prevent lines from getting deeper.
Other Uses for Botox Injections
While Botox is commonly used cosmetically, it has other medical benefits that we take advantage of in our clinic.
Botox for Migraines
If you suffer from migraines, Botox is also FDA-approved as a treatment for chronic migraines. It can help by blocking neurotransmitters in the area. Because these neurotransmitters send pain signals to your brain, research has shown that Botox can help interrupt this process. You can talk to your doctor to find out if Botox may be helpful for your migraines.
Botox for Hyperhidrosis
Botox can also be used as a treatment for excessive sweating in the underarm area. This condition, which is known as Hyperhidrosis, can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. Botox can block the nerve signals that can cause your sweat glands to produce too much sweat.
Wrinkle Treatments in Denver, CO
Even if you take care of your skin, it is normal and natural to see more lines appear on your face as you age. If you are looking for a way to keep your face looking smoother and more refreshed, you can talk to us about Botox treatments. At Aesthetic Surgery and Dermatology of Cherry Creek, we offer many different cosmetic treatments to our patients in the Denver Metro area. Call us today to schedule a consultation to find out if Botox Cosmetic is right for you.