Botox is the most popular and well-known FDA-approved neuromodulator injectable that targets three different areas of the face: expression lines on the forehead, glabellar lines between the eyebrows (also known as frown lines), and crow’s feet at the outer corners of the eyes.
This product has been smoothing dynamic lines and wrinkles on the upper half of the face for over 20 years. It’s a safe, studied, and effective treatment that temporarily eliminates expression lines. We can also use Botox to treat medical concerns, specifically hyperhidrosis and TMJ pain. Injections into the jaw muscles can relax the area to provide pain relief from TMJ. Injections into the underarms can help reduce the excess sweating of hyperhidrosis.
The Treatment Process
Whether you have used Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin in the past or you’ve never experienced treatment with wrinkle reduction injectables before, we will need to first schedule a consultation. We will ask you some questions about any experience you’ve had with one or more of these products, some questions about your medical history, and your cosmetic goals.
We will also evaluate your expression lines and make recommendations based on which of these products can help you achieve the best results. Then, we’ll schedule your appointment.
The treatment process for all three of these products is virtually the same. When you arrive, we will clean your skin to prepare it for your injections and then make a series of quick and virtually painless injections into the muscles of your planned treatment area.
Depending on your treatment plan, you may treat expression lines in one or multiple areas with one or multiple products. The treatment takes less than 20 minutes from start to finish, so you won’t have to block out a significant amount of time on your schedule to attend appointments.
After your treatment, you can return to work or your normal daily activities. It is important that you follow some post-treatment instructions like avoiding heat, including hot tubs, saunas, cooking over a hot grill or stove, or any activity that increases your body temperature. You should avoid strenuous workouts for 24 hours, avoid touching the treatment site, and keep your head elevated for several hours after your treatment.
Treatment results last anywhere from three to six months. If you’ve never experienced any of these treatments before, you’ll have to watch your results to notice when your expression lines make a reappearance. At that point, you will need to schedule a follow-up treatment so you can maintain your smooth and wrinkle-free skin.
For most patients, this typically happens three months post-treatment. If you are a slow metabolizer, you may enjoy your results longer: closer to four to six months.
After your injections, it may take up to a week to see improvements in your expression lines. Of these three products, Botox treatments take the longest to deliver results. For some patients, results appear after a few days; for others, it can take up to a week. Those who choose to use Xeomin or Dysport to treat expression lines can expect results within two to four days.
Regardless of which injectable you choose, don’t expect immediate changes in your expression lines after your appointment because it will take time for the active ingredients to relax your muscles so that your skin can achieve a smooth appearance.
Who Is a Candidate?
The best candidates for these injectables are men and women in good health who want to address how aging has affected their complexions, specifically in the form of dynamic wrinkles on the upper half of the face. Pregnant and nursing women will not qualify for treatment, nor will those with a history of allergic reactions to any of these products.
If you have used topical anti-aging products and other skincare treatments to naturally reduce the appearance of expression lines but have been unsuccessful, you may be a good treatment candidate for these products.
Enjoy Wrinkle-Free Skin
Living with expression lines can make you feel self-conscious about your complexion and make you feel older and less approachable than you are. Thanks to these injectables, there are long-lasting and safe solutions that will treat the expression lines so you can achieve your aesthetic goals and restore wrinkle-free skin. Contact us today at BodyPoint Medspa in Lehi, Utah to schedule your consultation.