Fine lines and wrinkles can make us look worn out, tired, and older than we are. But with Botox, we can turn back the clock on our skin. This treatment can have us looking younger and feeling more ourselves again in just a simple session. Here at Southeastern Institute of Restorative Medicine in Dothan, AL, we’re excited to rejuvenate your skin and help you feel more confident.
What Is the Best Age for Botox?
It’s common knowledge that this treatment can be used to remedy deep wrinkles that have appeared due to age and muscle contractions. But did you know it can be used to prevent wrinkles too? When Botox is applied, it relaxes the muscles under the skin and stops them from contracting; without overactive facial muscles, wrinkles and lines stop developing and deepening. That’s why more and more young people are jumping on to treatment early and getting ahead of the lines that will develop as they get older.
When Your Wrinkles Start
In general, patients in their thirties are common candidates. Any younger and they may not be concerned with wrinkles yet. Any older and they might be more interested in treating sagging skin, which this treatment isn’t used on. But your thirties? That’s when lines and wrinkles start becoming more pronounced, especially dynamic wrinkles around the eyes and eyebrows.
On the preventative side, patients looking to dissuade future wrinkles might seek this treatment out at around twenty-five. By this age, you might be noticing some fine lines developing around your eyes and mouth. These lines will likely deepen over time with repeated facial movements like yawning and squinting. But when you undergo this treatment, the muscles responsible will no longer move, so you can express however you like without worrying about wrinkles developing.
How Does This Treatment Work?
Botulinum toxin, also known as Botox, is a neuromodulator, which means it targets nerves. It’s injected into the muscles under problematic areas of skin using a very fine needle. It then gets to work blocking communication between the brain and muscles. Without any nerve signals from the brain, the muscles in the face can’t contract. When they don’t contract, the skin on top of them stays soft and untextured. The result? Your skin looks smoother and more youthful.
What Areas Does This Treatment Best Address?
This treatment can be used on a number of skin concerns, including:
- Crow’s feet (lines around the eyes caused by squinting and smiling)
- Worry lines (long horizontal lines that run along the forehead)
- Frown/glabella lines (eleven-shaped vertical lines between the eyebrows)
- Bunny lines (top of the nose)
These are just a few of the most popular treatment areas. If you’re worried about any lines appearing on your face, this treatment may be able to help.
What Can I Expect From Treatment?
We will first ask you to come on down to our office in Dothan, AL, for a consultation. Here, you can tell us all about your cosmetic goals and what you’re hoping to get out of treatment. We’ll go through your medical history and any medication you may be on to make sure you’re in optimal health to undergo treatment. If we think you’re a good candidate, we’ll get to work designing your treatment plan. This involves figuring out where we’ll make the injections and how many units of the product you’ll need. We can also look at your long-term schedule to organize follow-up sessions.
Ahead of treatment, we may ask that you cut out certain medications or lifestyle habits that could make your body less receptive to treatment. This will depend on the individual and factors like whether they smoke or if they’re on blood-thinning medication or supplements like fish oil tablets. The main thing you need to know is to come in with a clean face free of makeup for your appointment!
On the Day
This treatment is performed in-house with an expert member of our staff. We may apply a numbing cream to the treatment area and then we will administer the injections. The needle we use is so fine that patients experience feeling no pain whatsoever; at most, a slight pressure. The session usually takes between ten and thirty minutes, and then you’re all done. It’s so quick and easy that you can fit your appointment into even the busiest schedule.
What sets this treatment apart from surgical procedures is that there’s no recovery time required. You won’t need to take time off work and wait for bruises to heal; instead, you can immediately carry on with your day, returning to work or running errands. Because we don’t use anesthetic, you can even drive yourself to and from your appointment!
We’ll advise you against a few things immediately following your treatment, including vigorous exercise, extreme heat, and direct sunlight. We can offer more specific advice better suited to your lifestyle during your consultation. Whatever it is, rest assured it will be an incredibly short lifestyle change that will help you achieve the best, most aesthetic results.
What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?
Patients love how incredibly natural the results of this treatment are. You may be worried that your face won’t move normally because of your new, relaxed muscles, but don’t worry. The injections are so targeted, and the product only treats a very small area at a time, that other areas of the face remain totally unaffected. We have forty-two facial muscles, so there’s still plenty of moving to be done!
Importantly, this treatment doesn’t change the structure of your face, but rather enhances your natural beauty. You’ll still look like yourself. In fact, results are so natural-looking that people won’t even be able to tell you’ve had any treatment unless you tell them. They’ll just think you look more refreshed and brighter.
The results of this incredible treatment last for between three and four months. After this time, your muscles will start to move again and wrinkles will reappear, but that’s when you can come in for your super-simple maintenance session. We’ll perform treatment again in a similar fashion to last time, and then you can enjoy your refreshed skin all over again!
When you have dynamic wrinkles, it can really affect the way you hold yourself. Not wanting to move your face too much and deepen your wrinkles, you may not let yourself be as passionate and emotive when you speak, laugh, and pose for photos. No one should be too preoccupied with how they look to properly enjoy their life. This treatment affords people freedom and comfort, as they return to an uninhibited version of themselves.
Does This Treatment Address Sagging Skin?
Unfortunately, Botox is rarely an effective solution to sagging skin that’s making you look older and more tired than you are. This treatment relaxes facial muscles, but sagging skin isn’t caused by overactive facial muscles. It occurs when your body’s production of important proteins like collagen and elastin, as well as powerful hydrating agents like hyaluronic acid, has slowed, leaving your skin loose and rough. This happens as we age, but is also due to factors like sun damage, lifestyle, and genetics.
But you’re in luck. Here at Southeastern Institute of Restorative Medicine, we offer dermal fillers like Radiesse and Juvederm. These injectables restore volume to the face, leaving the skin plump and tight, and giving you a gorgeous, youthful glow. They’re ultra-effective on hollow cheeks, jowls, thin lips, and marionette lines. If you’re not sure which treatment will better address your skin concerns, we can advise you in your consultation. If both would be effective, we can even design a treatment plan that incorporates both types in different areas so you can get the best results and have the face and skin of your dreams.
Should I Get This Treatment Before a Big Event?
This treatment can be the perfect accessory for a big event such as a wedding, offering you a gorgeous glow on your special day. If, however, you’ve never tried it before, we recommend coming in for consultation well ahead of the event, and potentially starting treatment very far in advance. This will give you a chance to make sure you love the results. We can design a treatment plan, including follow-up sessions, that will ensure your results are optimal right in time for your event.
Can This Treatment Address Medical Concerns?
This treatment is FDA-approved to treat a number of medical concerns, including an overactive bladder, excessive sweating, lazy eyes, and migraines. In the same way that it works with cosmetic concerns, this treatment blocks communication between the brain and the muscles causing these problems. The results are incredibly effective and last for months at a time.
Who Is a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
As discussed above, there’s no one age we recommend treatment for as long as you’re over twenty-one. It’s an ideal option for anyone who has dynamic wrinkles, is frustrated that they become more pronounced when emoting, and wants to eliminate these signs of aging. Candidates for this treatment should also have realistic expectations for the results. This treatment offers gorgeous results that don’t change the way you look entirely, but rather enhance your natural beauty. It also requires maintenance every four months or so.
There are certain lifestyles and existing medical conditions that don’t work well in conjunction with this treatment. Certain allergies, as well as medications, supplements, and vitamins you may be on, should be made known to one of our staff during your consultation. Your safety is a crucial part of this process. Please note also that pregnant women, soon-to-be-pregnant women, or women nursing are not suitable candidates for treatment, but will be warmly welcomed in the future!
Is This Treatment Only for Women?
Absolutely not! Men are statistically just as likely to develop wrinkles as women, and can actually be more dramatically impacted by their effects; forehead creases can make some men look angry or unapproachable. Thankfully, society has changed its attitude to men receiving cosmetic treatments, and we’re getting more and more male patients every day. In fact, in the last ten years, the number of male patients has gone up by 27%.
Schedule a Consultation Today
The fact is, there’s no “right age” to seek out this treatment. If you’re noticing lines that are prohibiting you from feeling comfortable and yourself, it’s time to ask about Botox. Our expert staff is ready to help you feel more youthful and radiant in a simple session, so what are you waiting for? Schedule a consultation at Southeastern Institute of Restorative Medicine in Dothan, AL, today.