Deep lines and wrinkles on the face can appear as the skin ages and becomes less elastic. These lines can be especially deep in areas such as the corners of the eyes and the forehead where your natural facial expressions can cause the skin to fold over time.
Botox injections offer a time-tested solution for dynamic wrinkles and expression lines in the face. At eSSe Plastic Surgery in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, we offer this FDA-approved treatment to help you achieve youthful skin and other cosmetic goals.
What Is Botox?
Botox is a type of injectable known as a neuromodulator. The active ingredient in Botox, botulinum toxin type A, changes the way your nerves interact with your muscles, blocking signals that would ordinarily tell your muscles to contract. As a result, the muscles relax which can have a soothing effect on certain wrinkles.
Facial expressions can cause the skin to fold in the same place so many times that deep lines can form. These are called dynamic wrinkles and Botox can be particularly effective at reducing the appearance of these lines by preventing the skin from folding anymore in the area.
This is a temporary and local effect that only happens while Botox is in your system. In the weeks and months after injections, your body will slowly begin to metabolize the botulinum toxin and normal movement of the muscles will return.
What Are the Benefits of Botox?
It Can Treat 3 Different Areas Simultaneously
Botox is the only neuromodulator that is FDA-approved to treat 3 different areas:
- Frown lines
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s Feet
These injections can be given at the same time, refreshing the upper face and making the skin appear smooth and youthful.
It Is a Non-Surgical Treatment
Botox injections offer effective results without surgery. While certain concerns are best treated with a facelift or other types of surgical procedures, many people with more minor concerns are perfectly suited for non-invasive treatments such as Botox to treat fine lines and wrinkles.
It Can Offer Fast Results
While Botox results are not instantaneous, you won’t have to wait too long to begin to see the results of your treatment. Within one week, you will likely begin to notice the wrinkles on your face begin to become less noticeable when you smile or raise your eyebrows. These results will likely increase and peak at around 30 days after treatment.
It Can Be Long-Lasting
Botox can last for several months before your body metabolizes it. The average length of time in clinical studies was 3-4 months. However, Botox can be even longer-lasting the more treatments you receive as the muscles in your face become more used to the treatments.
It Can Be Used for Other Cosmetic Concerns
While Botox is FDA-approved for treating forehead lines, crow’s feet, and frown lines, these aren’t the only concerns that can be treated with this neuromodulator. We also offer off-label uses for Botox including treatment for drooping eyelids, vertical lip lines, chin dimples, and enlarged masseters.
Is a Customizable Treatment
Botox is a customizable treatment that can be adjusted to fit your concerns. If you want lighter injections that provide subtle smoothing for your face without interfering with your facial expressions, we can adjust the dosage to fit your goals. We can also offer more units for patients who want to aggressively treat their wrinkles.
It Is a Treatment With Minimal Discomfort
Botox injections can be given with very little discomfort. If you are nervous about injections, we can offer topical anesthetic and other methods to make injections as painless as possible. However, many people who have had injections before can tolerate them without numbing cream. Injections are quick and feel like a slight pinch.
It Can Prevent Deeper Lines From Forming
Botox isn’t just a treatment for individuals who are over 40. It can be used preventatively in younger patients to help keep lines from getting deeper in the skin. If you have an area of concern, you can have a consultation with us to discuss your options for treatment.
It Comes With Minimal Downtime
After Botox treatments, you can go right back to your routine. While you will have a few small restrictions, most activities such as light exercise are fine. You may need to avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, facial massage, and extended exposure to the sun in the hours after your appointment. Most patients don’t have any social downtime following Botox treatments.
Can Botox Injections Be Performed Regularly?
Botox injections are treatments that can be given regularly. Many people come every 3 to 4 months to have areas of concern treated again. Often, you can treat areas again before they regain full movement to help keep areas smooth.
Is Botox Right For You?
Botox may be right for you if you have concerns about dynamic wrinkles on your face. It is best for patients who have realistic expectations about the treatment, understand the process, and have discussed Botox before and after care with their doctor.
Wrinkle Relaxing Treatments in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Dynamic wrinkles are a part of most people’s experience as their skin matures. However, there are many options for treating these lines. Botox treatments offer a fast and non-invasive way to smooth wrinkles and contour certain areas of the face by strategically relaxing muscles. If you are interested in this treatment, you can schedule a free consultation at eSSe Plastic Surgery. Call us today or fill out a form on our website to learn more about our services in Ft. Lauderdale.