Causes of Facial Aging
and How Botox Can Help
While wisdom and other great things come with age, wrinkles and fine lines can be a difficult part of that bargain to accept. Fortunately, they are not a deal-breaker, as there are several excellent treatments that can safely and effectively diminish wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging. One of those treatments, which you may or may not have heard of, is Botox injections. Whether you would like to learn more about Botox injections or would like to schedule an appointment, our medical professionals and aestheticians at Rejuvenate MD in Richmond, VA, would be more than happy to be of service!
Does Botox help with aging?
Botox is well known to temporarily reverse several different signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines! Since it was first approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for use in treating moderate to severe forehead wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s feet lines, Botox injections have been a leading anti-aging product going on nearly 20 years now with high safety ratings and success rates.
Aging signs like wrinkles and fine lines develop as our skin loses elasticity and fails to bounce back from repeated muscle contractions caused by various facial expressions, such as frowning, smiling, squinting, or surprised expressions. In order to help with such aging signs, Botox injections work to reduce the frequency of such muscle contractions in the treatment area.
How does Botox work to reduce wrinkles?
Botox injections reduce wrinkles by temporarily suspending muscle activity in the treatment area or injection site through botulinum toxin type A, which is the operative ingredient in Botox injections. Botulinum toxin type A is a toxin produced by the bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum and functions as a neuromodulator when used in Botox injections. As a neuromodulator, Botox injections block or disrupt the communication signals between the nerve endings in the treatment area and the brain that are responsible for muscle contractions. This suspension in muscle activity allows your muscles and skin to take a break and reset, as it were, which helps to smoothen out wrinkles and fine lines in the treatment area.
The actual injection process with Botox treatment is quick and relatively painless. After reviewing the treatment plan outlined at your Botox consultation process, the procedure will begin with your specialist likely marking out and cleansing the treatment areas. If you wish, a numbing cream can be applied to the treatment area to minimize any discomfort, which should not be more than a slight pinching sensation. Your specialist will then administer the Botox injections using a tiny needle. Depending on the size or number of treatment areas, your specialist may provide one to three injections containing varying amounts of the Botox solution. After the injections are complete, your specialist will provide post-treatment instructions for aftercare. In total, this process should not take more than 15 to 30 minutes, after which you should be able to resume your daily routine without complication, as no downtime is required with Botox injections.
How can Botox improve your face?
If you are unsatisfied with the way that facial wrinkles and fine lines have settled in, Botox injections can provide excellent solutions to that problem! Botox injections have been known to improve facial tone and texture by reducing wrinkles and fine lines for anywhere from two to six months. That said, most patients will find that their results between three to four months. You should be able to notice improvements within a couple of days after your Botox injection appointment.
For optimal improvements and results from Botox injections, it is essential to closely follow all of your specialist’s post-treatment instructions and continue to maintain a healthy skincare routine. We serve patients from Glen Allen VA, Richmond VA, Laurel VA, Lakeside VA, Tuckahoe VA and East Highland Park VA.